This coalition of nonprofits, public agencies, and Indigenous Tribes aims to be transformational. And in order to be transformational, we need to build relationships across divides, and we need to change how funding and policies are shaped and implemented.
We will lead the following two programs to work towards these goals:
1. Advocacy for Funding and Policies for Resilient Lands and People.
The goal of this program is to transform how we as a region create resilient lands and people in the face of climate change while working towards justice and equity. This program will be developed in 2020, including a Policy Committee, goals, and guidelines.
Regional Land Conservation Goals
The Conservation Lands Network (CLN) is a regional conservation strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area, with a set of goals and science-based decision making tools that support strategic investments in land protection and stewardship. These tools focus conservation in areas that represent the region’s biodiversity and support ecological function across the nearly 5 million acres that comprise the 10 Bay Area counties. Updated in November 2019, CLN 2.0 equips the Bay Area to respond to climate change, connect landscapes, and connect upland and bayland conservation.
The CLN was launched in 2005 by the Bay Area Open Space Council and will continue with the new regional coalition in order to leverage data, tell stories, and make the case for resilient lands.
Learn more at BayAreaLands.org
2. Convening a Powerful Coalition.
The goal of this program is to build the relationships that support the environmental and social changes required for resilient lands and people. This program will consist of:
- An annual Summit where coalition members identify goals for collective impact and set a shared agenda for the coming year. The Summit will provide opportunities for attendees to build relationships across issue areas, organizations, jurisdictions and geographies, and share updates from committees and working groups.
- Member-led working groups that promote collaboration on priority regional issues including equity and inclusion, land stewardship, and climate adaptation.
- Small events like field trips that allow for relationship-building and information-sharing between coalition members.
- Regular digital communications with members to share information and opportunities for action.