Climate-Smart Restoration Toolkit- Point BlueLeave a Comment
Science and Practice
Worldwide, habitat loss is the number one cause of extinction and loss of ecosystem services. In California, more than 90% of all wetlands and riparian areas have been completely destroyed and what remains is highly degraded. Accelerating climate and land-use change adds additional stress to what little habitat remains, and to the species and services provided by nature.
The results – poor water quality, higher flood risk, fewer species, and less carbon sequestered by nature, to name a few. But there is hope. Ecological restoration is a key tool to help heal the damage and to prepare ecosystems for climate change.
What is ecological restoration? The Society for Ecological Restoration defines it as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Point Blue scientists believe we need to expand this definition to include climate change adaptation – actions designed to reduce the vulnerability of natural and societal systems to the effects of climate change. We call this climate-smart restoration….
Tools for preparing restoration projects for climate change
Here we provide resources for restoration practitioners interested in designing their projects in a way that prepares them for climate change – climate-smart restoration.
Riparian Restoration Design Database, Marin and Sonoma counties: An XCEL toolkit (MS Excel) and associated “How To” guide (pdf) that allows the user to design riparian restoration re-vegetation projects that are climate-smart.
Selected Resources: Climate Change Predictions
- Literature review of predicted impacts of climate change in California
- California Climate Commons
- Adapting to Climate Change: State of the Science for North Bay Watershed
- Cal-adapt: Exploring California’s Climate Change Research
Selected Resources: Riparian Restoration
- Restoration Works Handout
- A Guide to Habitat Enhancement for Birds in the Sacramento Valley
- Bringing The Birds Back: A Guide to Habitat Enhancement in Riparian and Oak Woodlands in the North Bay
- The Riparian Bird Conservation Plan
- Pocket Guide to Creek Birds of California