Research & Policy

OSI’s Role in Promoting Land as a Climate Solution (2019)

There is growing consensus among scientists, planners, and other experts: land has a critical role to play in the fight against climate change. And, by choosing the lands that best support wildlife, mitigate floods, absorb pollutants, and filter stormwater, land trusts are on the frontlines of this battle.

Yet just a few years ago, the land trust community was still uncertain of its role around climate change. When launching the Resilient Landscapes Initiative in 2014, OSI conducted a survey that found only 28 percent of leading land trusts were aware of and incorporating climate change into their planning and communication.

'Northern New England Land Trusts & Climate' Survey

The results demonstrate the remarkable degree to which land trusts have embraced resilience science as a guiding principle for land protection.

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“The Land Trust Alliance is thrilled to see such widespread uptake of climate change science and considerations from land trusts in the region,” said Kelly Watkinson, program manager for the Alliance’s Land and Climate Program. “We commend OSI for their leadership and for laying the groundwork for an evolution that continues to spread.”

The results demonstrate the remarkable degree to which land trusts in this region have embraced resilience science as a guiding principle for land protection, and, with assistance from OSI, partners, and leading funders like Jane’s Trust Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, developed the capacity to integrate the science while communicating the climate benefits of their work.

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