Climate Action Through Conservation

The Climate Action Through Conservation project provides a way for local governments, land managers, and planners to understand the links between climate benefits and conservation values and incorporate that knowledge into decisions about land use and land management.

C-CAT is a GIS model that can be run for a county or other jurisdiction . It estimates how changes in land use, land management, and land cover affect landscape carbon sequestration and conservation values over time, and helps to identify areas where conservation goals are aligned with emissions reduction potential . The tool was developed for Sonoma County, but with region-specific inputs and scenarios, it could be applied to counties elsewhere in California and the United States .