Public Meeting Notice: Natural and Working Lands and Carbon Neutrality

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Public Meeting: Natural and Working Lands and Carbon Neutrality

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will host a public meeting to hear from academic experts, practitioners, and the public to explore how, policy, practices, and innovative financing mechanisms can help California's natural and working lands contribute towards carbon neutrality by mid-century while supporting healthy and resilient ecosystems. The meeting will feature discussions from practitioners utilizing and academic and finance experts envisioning innovative approaches for increasing the pace and scale of land management, restoration, and conservation actions to the level needed to meet our climate goals.

DATE:                May 17, 2019
TIME:                1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION:       California Environmental Protection Agency
                          California Air Resources Board | Sierra Hearing Room 
                          1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814


Land-based strategies are a critical component of the State's greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy. The January 2019 Draft California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan) provides an important step toward connecting natural and working lands programs with the State’s climate strategy. The Implementation Plan sets a pathway for State-supported action that emphasizes the role of California’s land base in achieving net zero or negative total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Carbon neutrality will require both reductions in GHG emissions as well as carbon sequestration such that that there are net zero GHG emissions by mid-century, and emphasizes our need to focus on our natural and working lands. As indicated in the January 23, 2019, webinar on Carbon Neutrality in the California Context, CARB staff is holding a series of public meetings to explore topics that can support the State’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. Natural and working lands cover more than 90 percent of California and play a critical role in meeting this new goal. This public meeting will explore natural and working lands in the context of carbon neutrality.

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