As the 2019 United Nations IPCC Land and Climate report notes, land use practices, conservation, and restoration have a tremendous role to play in solving the climate crisis. This session will train attendees on new strategies and tools developed by the Trust for Public Land and others to help NGOs, state agencies, and others prioritize land conservation and park creation to maximize climate benefits. Attendees will learn how to use the Forest Carbon Map to answer three key questions: 1) where are existing forest carbon stocks, 2) where are the threats to those carbon stocks, and 3) where can conservation provide co-benefits and have the greatest impact. Attendees will also learn how communities across the country are using tools, such as the Climate-Smart Cities framework, to address climate equity through green infrastructure, parks, and open space planning and implementation. Attendees will leave with a holistic view of parks and open space, a framework for prioritizing land and water conservation, and opportunities for further engagement in developing new GIS-based tools.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center