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AB-2348 Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4.3 (commencing with Section 39740) is added to Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

CHAPTER  4.3. Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program
39740.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this chapter, to establish a program that creates guidelines for use by the state conservancies and the Wildlife Conservation Board of cap and trade auction revenues in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for the purpose of investing in natural resources projects that maximize greenhouse gas emission reductions or sequestration.
(b) The Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program is hereby established, which shall be administered by the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the state board, to assist in the development and implementation of natural resources projects, selected by the state conservancies and the Wildlife Conservation Board, that maximize greenhouse gas emission reductions or sequestration.
(c) Moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to implement this chapter.
39741.
 (a) The Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the state board, shall develop guidelines for the implementation of this chapter consistent with the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500)) and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Investment Plan and Communities Revitalization Act (Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 39710)).
(b) The guidelines adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall do all of the following:
(1) Ensure that project investments funded pursuant to this chapter utilize consistent accounting and modeling approaches to estimate and monitor greenhouse gas emissions and reductions over time.
(2) Promote innovative natural resources projects that protect existing greenhouse gas emission sinks or assist with the enhancement of other climate-related projects in the transportation and energy sectors that can be replicated regionally.
(3) Promote projects based on the potential to increase climate benefits and reduce extreme weather events, including, but not limited to, the risk of fire, flood, water supply disruption, sea level rise, and urban heat island effect associated with climate change.
(4) Promote projects that assist the state in reaching its climate goals beyond 2020, consistent with Sections 38550 and 38551.
(5) Prioritize projects that are consistent with, and assist in, the implementation of county or regional greenhouse gas emission reduction plans or programs, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(A) A sustainable communities strategy.
(B) A local or regional climate adaptation plan.
(C) A natural community conservation plan or a habitat conservation plan.
(6) Ensure projects are consistent with Section 39716.
(7) Promote investments in projects that include cobenefits, including, but not limited to, achieving state and federal air quality goals.
(8) Ensure projects funded pursuant to this chapter maximize moneys appropriated, provide environmental benefits, create jobs, and do not conflict with other areas of law.
(9) Promote the use of the best climate science and greenhouse gas emission reduction analytics.
(10) Promote project consistency with the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy and its most recent update, adopted pursuant to Executive Order S-13-2008.
39742.
 (a) State conservancies and the Wildlife Conservation Board shall identify, develop, and implement projects within their jurisdictions consistent with the guidelines developed pursuant to this chapter. The projects may include:
(1) Management and restoration of public lands to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
(2) Increased carbon sequestration or reduced greenhouse gas emissions related to the use or management of natural resources on private lands.
(3) Protection of agricultural and open-space lands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve carbon sequestration potential.
(4) Use of natural systems, including, but not limited to, forests, wetlands, sustainable agriculture, and urban forests, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase the sequestration of carbon to mitigate the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and create greater climate resiliency.
(5) Research and development of methods to increase carbon sequestration and decrease greenhouse gas emissions related to the use and management of natural resources and of methods to measure and verify these climate benefits.
(6) Diversion of organic waste to bioenergy and composting.
(b) In evaluating potential projects to be funded pursuant to this chapter, the state conservancies and Wildlife Conservation Board shall give priority to projects that demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
(1) Regional implementation.
(2) The ability to leverage additional public and private funding.
(3) The potential for cobenefits or multibenefit attributes.
(4) The potential for the project or program to be replicated.
(5) The use of existing programs.
39743.
 To provide greater coordination among state agencies, boards, and departments, the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the state board, shall do all of the following:
(a) Provide updates to the Strategic Growth Council on critical issues related to climate change.
(b) Identify and notify state conservancies and the Wildlife Conservation Board regarding major infrastructure projects that would impact project planning and implementation.
(c) Identify and conduct climate research to assist with the state’s understanding on how to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions in the natural resources sector.
(d) Promote state implementation of the Climate Adaptation Strategy, adopted pursuant to Executive Order S-13-2008.
(e) Provide technical assistance grants to project applicants from disadvantaged communities applying for funding from the state conservancies or the Wildlife Conservation Board.