In April 2020, the Environmental Policy Innovation Center released Conservation of Defense, a report that demonstrates that the Department of Defense (DoD) plays a crucial role in land conservation, natural resource restoration, and, more recently, climate resilience. DoD owns and manages over 25 million acres of land across the country. Many of these properties are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Recurrent flooding, droughts, extreme wildfires, and rising sea levels are among the threats that military installations currently face. These same risks impact food security, water security, and environmental security, which are critically important to the national defense mission. In response, Congress incorporated language into the Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 National Defense Authorization Acts that allows the DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program to fund projects that enhance or improve military installation resilience. Recognizing that resilience is a long-term, multifaceted pursuit, DoD is working with partners across the Federal government and within the private sector, such as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to implement comprehensive solutions to climate challenges. During the session, attendees will learn about several of DoD’s ongoing efforts through OEA and REPI, as well as emerging opportunities to address military installation resilience through strategic partnerships.
Grab your popcorn and join us for a screening of Sentinel Landscapes! Directed by award-winning filmmakers, this short-documentary tells the inspirational stories of the farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and military bases that are working together under the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership to create a more sustainable future. After the short documentary there will be a Q&A panel session featuring partners in the film.