Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

Accomplishments

BAECCC has established an active and respected forum for collaboration among scientists, natural resource managers, and others interested in the impacts of climate change on the Bay Area. Specifically, BAECCC has:

  • Convened regional professionals at well-attended quarterly meetings to promote learning from each other, exploring cutting edge topics and building collaboration.
  • Created an expanding network of over 200 professionals across the entire region from the ocean to terrestrial headwaters, increasing cross-sector communication and collaboration, facilitating partnerships, increasing efficiency and success in leveraging funding (partnerships that have helped deliver millions of dollars in grant funding to the region to support key research and management innovation).
  • Engaged its network of scientists and managers to identify key priorities for scientific research and monitoring.
  • Expanded its Steering Committee to improve regional coordination and leverage additional resources toward BAECCC's strategic goals.

BAECCC is helping our region understand climate change impacts and identify climate-smart solutions. Specifically, BAECCC has

BAECCC is engaging policy-makers, elected officials, and the public regarding the value of the Bay Area ecosystems to our economy and quality of life, and the value of ecosystems as natural infrastructure to help us address climate change challenges. Specifically, BAECCC has

  • Provided scientific support for the initial regional government response to climate change to the Joint Policy Committee, including an assessment of how to enhance delivery of scientific information about climate change to decision makers.
  • Participated in the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation, the statewide forum in which the Governor's Office of Planning and Research is collaborating with climate adaptation leaders from the Bay Area, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento to coordinate state response.
  • Conducted legislative briefings for elected officials and their staff members in Sacramento.
  • Made multiple public presentations regarding the science of climate change, the impacts of changing climate on the Bay Area and its ecosystems, and importance of preparing for these changes.
  • Continued collaboration with the Bay Nature Institute on Dispatches From the Home Front, an ongoing series of feature articles in Bay Nature magazine exploring the impact of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems and highlighting the work of BAECCC partners to a general audience of people interested in nature and the environment.
  • Collaborated with the Urban Land Institute to obtain grant funds to engage local land developers regarding climate change, and to bring a national conference on urban resilience to the Bay Area in September 2014.
  • Brought together in June 2013 in a workshop the local professionals that are engaged in communication campaigns about climate change in the region.
  • Convened ranchers, public rangeland managers, and rangeland experts to identify conservation strategies to sustain the numerous ecosystem benefits of rangelands (December 2014). The Bay Area Open Space Council and the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition are continuing this dialogue.
  • Identified policies that should be changed and new policies that should be adopted to promote the use natural infrastructure for adaptation to climate change in the Bay Area.