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A New Level of Momentum in Climate Response for Sonoma County and North Bay

posted Oct 29, 2014, 8:52 PM by NBCAI North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 8:53 PM ]
In 2013 NBCAI secured three mutually reinforcing grants that support urgently needed information exchange between climate scientists and local resource decision-makers such as government planners, water suppliers, natural lands managers, and fire managers. Funders include the State Coastal Conservancy, North Bay Watershed Association, and Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020 plan. With these resources available to NBCAI, the credibility we’ve gained during the last few years, and world events raising the level of urgency in climate planning, 2013 brought an entirely new level of momentum to climate response efforts in Sonoma County and the North Bay. This funding marks a turning point in NBCAI’s viability as a collaborative, because entities beyond Community Foundation Sonoma County are now investing in NBCAI’s efforts. In addition to turning this major corner, we implemented a communications strategy developed in 2012, broadly circulated our well-regarded Climate Smart North Bay fact sheets, presented at the first National Adaptation Forum, built promising new partnerships with local government and Resource Conservation Districts, and co-developed a long-term climate change monitoring program. As a catalyst for change, NBCAI’s success is measured not only by the funding and projects we are directly part of, but also by the climate adaptation projects developed at an accelerating rate by our partner organizations. Looking back at our five-year logic model created at the end of 2012, we made substantial progress.