Climate-Smart Restoration Toolkit- Point Blue

Ecological Restoration

Science and Practice

Worldwide, habitat loss is the number one cause of extinction and loss of ecosystem services.  In California, more than 90% of all wetlands and riparian areas have been completely destroyed and what remains is highly degraded. Accelerating climate and land-use change adds additional stress to what little habitat remains, and to the species and services provided by nature.

The results – poor water quality, higher flood risk, fewer species, and less carbon sequestered by nature, to name a few. But there is hope.  Ecological restoration is a key tool to help heal the damage and to prepare ecosystems for climate change.

What is ecological restoration?  The Society for Ecological Restoration defines it as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.  Point Blue scientists believe we need to expand this definition to include climate change adaptation – actions designed to reduce the vulnerability of natural and societal systems to the effects of climate change. We call this climate-smart restoration….


Climate-Smart Restoration Toolkit

Tools for preparing restoration projects for climate change

Here we provide resources for restoration practitioners interested in designing their projects in a way that prepares them for climate change – climate-smart restoration.


Climate-Smart Restoration Design

Restoration Checklist: start here to plan and describe your climate-smart restoration projects.

San Fransisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, CA

Marsh-upland transition zone climate-smart restoration tool

User Guide: Marsh-upland transition zone climate-smart restoration tool

Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

Climate-smart planting design tool

A How-to Guide and Metadata for the Riparian Restoration Design Database

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