2:00 PM
- Deforestation and land use change contribute to approximately 17% of global GHG emissions, while GHG emissions from urban land uses are – on average - 58 times greater than those from agriculture. Although agriculture contributes emissions which vary widely due to crop type and on-farm practices, agricultural lands are – at the same time - critically important for sequestering carbon, and for climate resiliency. An integrated, collaborative strategy of agricultural and open space conservation is an effective approach for reducing and avoiding emissions, increasing resiliency to a changing climate, and achieving multiple other objectives. This session will discuss the ways in which land conservation helps achieve Sonoma County’s ambitious climate action goals, through data, policy, incentives, and actions.