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Natural & Working Lands Challenge

 

The natural systems upon which we depend are essential to life and critical for reducing the impacts of climate change on our communities. These systems are also under threat from human activity and climate change. U.S. Climate Alliance States will manage natural and working lands, including forests, farms, rangelands, and wetlands, to be resilient carbon sinks and protect the communities, economies, and ecosystems that depend on them. 

The U.S. Climate Alliance recognizes that healthy landscapes sequester carbon and provide significant and cost-effective opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Therefore, the U.S. Climate Alliance States commit to: 

  • improve inventory methods for land-based carbon flux; 

  • identify best practices to reduce GHG emissions and increase resilient carbon sequestration; 

  • advance programs, policies, and incentives to reduce GHG emissions and enhance resilient carbon sequestration; 

  • undertake actions that will support a collective, Alliance-wide goal to maintain natural and working lands as a net sink of carbon and protect and increase carbon storage capacity, while balancing near- and long-term sequestration objectives; and 

  • integrate priority actions and pathways into state GHG mitigation plans by 2020.  

The U.S. Climate Alliance will work in the coming months to identify best practices and policy pathways for protecting and enhancing resilient carbon sinks. U.S. Climate Alliance States will consider and, as appropriate, adopt practices that increase long-term carbon sequestration in forests and forest products; reduce losses from catastrophic wildfire and land-use change; protect existing natural and working lands from conversion; support healthy soils on farms and ranches; restore coastal wetlands and sub-tidal habitats that protect shorelines against sea level rise; restore ecosystems and open space for watershed protection and recreation; and grow the urban forest and other greenspace to improve health and livability. These actions to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration will be undertaken in a manner that supports watershed health from source to tap; protects the viability of vital farmland, ranchland and productive forestland; fosters resilient rural economies; restores critical habitat and bolsters ecosystem adaptation to climate change; and offers recreational opportunities across our states. 

 

 Take Action

The Alliance invites all national and subnational jurisdictions, tribes, businesses and other actors to make commitments to reduce GHG emissions and protect and enhance carbon sequestration across all natural and working lands at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California this September and thereafter. Please contact NWLchallenge@usclimatealliance.org if you would like to accept the NWL Challenge in conjunction with the Alliance. The Alliance will also display your logo on our website to recognize your leadership.

If you are a businesses, city*, university, or other subnational entity, you can also accept the #NWLChallenge by registering and describing your actions via We Are Still In's contribution platform

In addition to reaching out to decision-makers directly, help spread the word through social media:

  • Write about the need to protect natural and working lands

  • Share what you are doing to enhance resilient carbon sinks

  • Pledge to do more to reduce GHG emissions and protect and enhance carbon sequestration across all natural and working lands

Use the following hashtags: #NWLChallenge, #NWLChallengeAccepted, #NWL, #ParisAgreement #GCAS2018 and #StepUp2018

#NWLChallenge accepted

The following organizations have accepted the #NWLChallenge: 

 American Forests is committing to deepen and expand  pro bono  technical assistance it has been providing to the U.S. Climate Alliance and its member states, aimed to develop comprehensive strategies to capture and store carbon in forests and other lands. These strategies will be integrated into comprehensive state climate action plans that each Alliance state has committed to develop by 2020 under the new Natural and Working Lands Challenge.  American Forests is also committing to help the U.S. Climate Alliance states deliver on-the-ground climate solutions by planting at least 10 million trees in Climate Alliance states over the next five years. These trees will deliver an estimated carbon reduction of 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over fifty years, offsetting the carbon emissions from burning five billion pounds of coal.

American Forests is committing to deepen and expand pro bono technical assistance it has been providing to the U.S. Climate Alliance and its member states, aimed to develop comprehensive strategies to capture and store carbon in forests and other lands. These strategies will be integrated into comprehensive state climate action plans that each Alliance state has committed to develop by 2020 under the new Natural and Working Lands Challenge.

American Forests is also committing to help the U.S. Climate Alliance states deliver on-the-ground climate solutions by planting at least 10 million trees in Climate Alliance states over the next five years. These trees will deliver an estimated carbon reduction of 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over fifty years, offsetting the carbon emissions from burning five billion pounds of coal.

 The Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) is proud to accept the U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural and Working Lands Challenge. As our part in the Challenge, C-AGG will support the U.S. Climate Alliance and its member states improve and protect carbon stores in natural and working lands as a pathway to meeting climate change goals. We will work with the U.S. Climate Alliance and member states through our collaborative engagement forum to bring key agriculture stakeholders to the table; highlight the importance of increasing soil carbon to mitigate the majority of agricultural sector GHG emissions; work with our participating organizations to identify solutions for agricultural GHG reduction pathways, practices, and policies; and improve agricultural resilience to climate change and its impacts.

The Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) is proud to accept the U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural and Working Lands Challenge. As our part in the Challenge, C-AGG will support the U.S. Climate Alliance and its member states improve and protect carbon stores in natural and working lands as a pathway to meeting climate change goals. We will work with the U.S. Climate Alliance and member states through our collaborative engagement forum to bring key agriculture stakeholders to the table; highlight the importance of increasing soil carbon to mitigate the majority of agricultural sector GHG emissions; work with our participating organizations to identify solutions for agricultural GHG reduction pathways, practices, and policies; and improve agricultural resilience to climate change and its impacts.

 
       Pacific Forest Trust will continue to advocate for public investments in natural & working lands as the safest, largest & most expandable carbon sink. Pacific Forest Trust will partner with more agencies & landowners to conserve working forests for climate benefits.

Pacific Forest Trust will continue to advocate for public investments in natural & working lands as the safest, largest & most expandable carbon sink. Pacific Forest Trust will partner with more agencies & landowners to conserve working forests for climate benefits.

 
     The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce its commitment to the U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural and Working Lands Challenge. Both in the U.S. and across the globe The Nature Conservancy is working to advance natural climate solutions through science, policy and on-the-ground actions to protect carbon stocks and increase sequestration on natural and working lands. This commitment is made to align with the goals of the pending  Global Climate Action Summit , being held in San Francisco, California, September 12-14.

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce its commitment to the U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural and Working Lands Challenge. Both in the U.S. and across the globe The Nature Conservancy is working to advance natural climate solutions through science, policy and on-the-ground actions to protect carbon stocks and increase sequestration on natural and working lands. This commitment is made to align with the goals of the pending Global Climate Action Summit, being held in San Francisco, California, September 12-14.