Scaling Nature-based Climate Solutions across California and China: What Will It Take?

California and China are influential global climate leaders with a history of working together on climate initiatives. Last April, California and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment signed a memorandum of understanding reconfirming their commitment to climate action and collaboration. The MOU explicitly mentions nature-based climate solutions as one of the priority areas of interest. While both jurisdictions are taking steps to integrate nature-based solutions in their climate goals and strategies, the pace and scale of action needs to be substantially increased to meet the climate commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement. This panel will share the many NbS happening in California and China, the ways policy and incentives can accelerate action, and how California-China collaboration on NbS could catalyze even greater global action.


  • Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Xu Jintao, Professor Peking University
  • Majority Leader Eloise Reyes, California Assembly Majority Leader
  • Warren Evans, Special Senior Advisor for Climate Change, Asian Delevopment Bank
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Organized by The Nature Conservancy and California-China Climate Institute