Govenor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Conserve 30 Percent of California Lands

December 2020

California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 30, Number 3

On October 7, 2020, California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, issued Executive Order N-82-20 to combat climate change by conserving 30 percent of California’s lands and resources by 2030 (30 by 30 or Order). The order: 1) establishes the California Biodiversity Collaborative (Collaborative) comprised of government, California Native American Tribes, leaders, and stakeholders; 2) sets a goal of the state to conserve at least 30 percent of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 with the Collaborative to submit conservation strategies to the Governor no later than February 1, 2022; 3) promotes biodiversity and stem extinction by relying on ecological knowledge and tribal expertise; and 4) develops a Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy to achieve the State’s goal of carbon neutrality.

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