How Protecting Land Can Mitigate Climate Change

Thoughtful stewardship of natural and cultural resources (including forests, indigenous heritage sites, agricultural lands, and wild habitats) must be a priority in diverse communities nationwide. Multiple efforts in Georgia have sought to address the threats these landscapes face.

Georgia Conservancy's 50-year study of land-cover change highlighted clear trends regarding the response of sprawling development to statewide demographic changes. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is identifying, protecting, and mitigating damage to historic indigenous sites across Georgia, particularly the eroding shorelines of barrier islands that contain cultural sites and burials. The Nation also studies how indigenous people managed natural resources and advocates for techniques that promote resilient ecosystems.

Land-based stewardship to mitigate climate change (e.g., carbon sequestration, cultural preservation) is increasingly important. Explore locally tailored policies and management techniques that prioritize cultural understanding and protection of natural resources and heritage sites. Learn about partnerships among policy makers, private-sector leaders, and community groups to pursue a vision that prioritizes equity and sustainability.

The most vulnerable communities will be hardest hit by climate change. Discover policies for resource stewardship that empower communities to build a sustainable and equitable future and instruct planners on collaborative methods for prioritizing their needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use technology to identify potential threats (e.g. conversion, development, disappearance) to at-risk natural resources and cultural heritage sites.
  • Transform research outcomes (geospatial, cultural/anthropological) into actionable policy objectives related to land conservation, land use, and long-term stewardship for critical landscapes, cultural heritage sites, urban spaces, and areas in transition.
  • Identify leaders interested in sustaining ecological and cultural landscapes and craft strategies for communicating the urgency of land-conversion effects on ecological and economic resilience.

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