Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2018) — The U.S. Climate Alliance celebrates its first anniversary today, and as part of that celebration the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) is proud to announce our partnership with the Natural and Working Lands Initiative of the U.S. Climate Alliance. The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors from 16 states and Puerto Rico committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

As a first step in the new partnership, C-AGG is helping to convene agricultural experts to participate in a Natural and Working Lands Learning Lab in Washington, DC from July 9 – 11, 2018. The Lab will be staffed with more than 50 leading experts in the field of land-based carbon mitigation from government, academia, nonprofits, landowners, and industry. These experts will work with delegations from Alliance Member-States to examine their current carbon mitigation strategies for natural and working lands such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands and identify new policy and finance opportunities that match these states’ increased climate action ambitions. Ongoing technical assistance after the Lab will be available to Alliance members as they prepare for the Global Climate Action Summit to be hosted in San Francisco from September 12 – 14, 2018.

The members of the U.S. Climate Alliance have unique potential to lead on land-based carbon mitigation. Together, these states have an economy of more than $9 trillion and are already using new policies and investments to advance their climate ambitions. “Agricultural and natural lands are key to meeting near-term climate change targets,” said Debbie Reed, Executive Director of C-AGG. “We know that increased soil carbon can mitigate the majority of agricultural sector GHG emissions and improve agricultural resilience to climate change and its impacts. Increased soil carbon also improves soil health, water quality, water conservation and use, and reduces soil erosion and nutrient run-off.  Policies and practices to protect and enhance soil carbon and carbon stocks in forests and trees are needed and will benefit society as much as it will the farms, ranches and forests where carbon is stored. Leadership by the US Climate Alliance states to improve and protect carbon stores in natural and working lands is a pathway to much-needed success in meeting climate change goals.”

C-AGG joins a team of U.S. Climate Alliance partners which includes the American Farmland Trust, American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative. For more information on the Natural and Working Lands Initiative of the U.S. Climate Alliance, see www.usclimatealliance.org/nwlands.