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Globally, there are limited funding sources that help communities build capacity to respond to public health and on-the-ground impacts of climate change. Many existing climate resilience-focused funding sources lack flexibility, focus support on infrastructure and capital projects, and often do not allow for the allocation of funds to early phases of planning. Developing and implementing solutions will require joint action and collaboration across jurisdictions, agencies, and partners. Highlighting a need to increase funding for coastal resilience inclusive, science-based planning and piloting. There is an opportunity to pilot and implement public and private partnerships and blended funding mechanisms to support coastal resilience planning, projects at all scales, from local to national.
Coastal Quest works with counties and other levels of government to catalyze collaborative, regional multi-benefit resiliency solutions. We provide technical assistance and build capacity to support government and communities ensure climate resilience. We will roll up our sleeves and do the work needed for each community, whether that to convene a meeting, develop governance structures, survey priorities, act as a fiscal sponsor and regrant and/or contract to fill gaps and needs, or write the grant proposal.
In a world where many people are passionate about protecting the environment, and new, innovative ideas for environmental protections and solutions are a dime a dozen, it is critical to align interests, work, and funding across industries and organizations. Often local, state, regional, and federal governments lack expertise, resources, or funding to accomplish what they desire or are mandated to do by legislation and are expected to deliver by their citizens in a timely manner. It is in these situations that connecting government to the private sector and philanthropic organizations is critical. Coastal Quest considers these public-private partnerships an essential tool in realizing coastal resiliency projects in a time frame that is appropriate for mitigating coastal resource degradation and protecting coastal communities.
We are experienced in facilitating such public-private partnerships and leveraged funding from some of the largest philanthropic organizations in the country with public agency dollars, working with them to align interests, leverage funds, and create and implement sustainable environmental solutions.
Coastal Quest works with community-based organizations and individuals to initiate self-defined coastal solutions that result in the increased use of decision-support tools, sharing of new approaches and models, conducting user-driven actionable research, identifying best practices, and providing the materials and training that best fit government and community needs and objectives. We support community organizations, especially priority communities with coastal resiliency support, leadership development, and capacity.
Coastal Quest offers fiscal sponsorship for organizations like Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE) and a tribal advisory group for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. We provide support with fundraising and strategy to our projects and a cost-effective model.
Innovative technologies and approaches to address climate and coastal issues – like nature-based solutions, blue carbon storage and sequestration, and green technologies such as water capture and reuse – hold great promise but require investment from the private sector to accelerate into durable and cost-effective solutions. Moreover, companies can create business advantage and value while accelerating climate action and helping to meet emissions goals.
Coastal Quest is eager to work with companies, in tandem with local communities, to develop solutions to achieve our collective goals. In our convening role, Coastal Quest can work to catalyze coastal solutions, leverage impact, and convene stakeholders to help business accelerate consistent and credible actions for climate and nature.