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Connecting Wildlands and Communities

The CWC project brings together an interdisciplinary team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in southern California.

The Connecting Wildlands & Communities (CWC) project, funded by the California State Strategic Growth Council through the California Climate Investments initiative, is a collaborative effort of the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management (IEMM) at San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance. The CWC project brings together an interdisciplinary team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in southern California. This project takes a comprehensive planning approach to meet State objectives on protecting rural communities, mitigating wildfire risk, supporting water sustainability, and protecting biodiversity. The goal of this research is to provide an integrated planning and decision-making framework that supports multi-benefit landscape-scale planning and facilitates science-informed climate adaptation and strategies across the region.

Meet the Team! The CWC project brings together an interdisciplinary team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers.

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Project One-Pager

View the CWC project one-pager to learn more about the project history, partnerships, and objectives.

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Project Infographic

View the CWC project infographic for a general overview of the project's teams and partnerships.

Team Update

Hear from the CWC project teams to learn about recent accomplishments and next steps!