From the California Natural Resources Agency:
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) will launch a series of virtual topical workshops focused on the State’s commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30×30) and enlist California’s vast network of natural and working lands in the fight against climate change.
The first two workshops will focus on opportunities to deliver on climate change goals (June 8) and to advance equity (June 15). Workshops will feature an advisory panel presentation by followed by a public comment opportunity. Future workshop topics will include biodiversity and conservation of lands and coastal waters.
In 2020, California committed to protecting 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030 through Governor Newsom’s executive order. To inform this effort, CNRA is developing a “Pathways to 30×30” document to identify strategies to achieve 30×30. The executive order also called for CNRA to develop a Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy intended to guide long-term climate action on California’s lands.
“California has set an ambitious goal to protect 30 percent of California lands and coastal waters by 2030 and advance nature-based solutions to address climate change, equity and species loss. We can only achieve this by holistically examining the depth and breadth of these issues with input from a variety of stakeholders,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. “These conversations will be foundational to informing our strategic vision.”
Advisory panels will present insights and recommendations in a summary report that will be posted and shared publicly in advance of relevant workshops at www.CaliforniaNature.ca.gov.
Public participation is key to these workshops, and participants will have an opportunity to share their perspectives and insights on the topic. Key takeaways related to each topic will inform the Pathways to 30×30 and Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy.
All meetings are open to the public and will be accessible by Zoom, a phone dial-in option, and YouTube livestream. Advance registration is required and participants who wish to make a 90-second public comment will need to register to provide verbal input during the public comment session.
Topical Workshop: Expanding Climate Action Through Nature-Based Solutions
Scheduled for June 8 from 3 to 6 p.m., the climate workshop will explore how the Pathways to 30×30 and Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy can best deliver on the state’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality and build climate resilience. To register visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lNd7hbdZTuWJc917Tf3L9Q
Topical Workshop: Using Nature-Based Solutions to Advance Equity
Scheduled for June 15 from 3 to 6 p.m., this workshop will explore opportunities for the State to promote equity and access through its conservation and climate smart land strategies. To register visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9T3p9AWOTgm46qNWSWsVxQ
Additional information about the workshops, topics and panel members will be made available at www.CaliforniaNature.ca.gov.