Tribal Climate Change Adaptation: Charting the Course Forward


Tribal Climate Change Adaptation: Charting the Course Forward


Organizer: 
Rachael Novak
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Time Slot: 
Thursday 12:20pm - Tribal Working Group Luncheon
Session Type: 
Working Group
Abstract: 

Indigenous communities in the United States are leaders in addressing climate change. Many American Indian and Alaska Native communities are actively engaging climate change policy development, developing vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans, and taking actions to address the impacts of climate change on their communities. Indigenous approaches to climate change adaptation often bridge western scientific assessments with traditional knowledges and are embedded within indigenous efforts to protect and strengthen tribal sovereignty and cultural resources. This working group session will examine the current efforts and future needs to ensure that climate issues affecting indigenous communities in the United State are included within federal policies and programs, including the 4th National Climate Assessment and the Sustained National Climate Assessment, and that climate initiatives involving traditional knowledges are done so with the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous governments and traditional knowledge holders. The working group session will begin with brief presentations about Tribal Climate Change Policy Principles, tribal engagement in the National Climate Assessment and the Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in climate change initiatives. After the brief presentations, there will be three facilitated breakout groups for each of these three topics, as well as any additional topics identified by working group participants to discuss critical needs and opportunities.

Co-organizers:

Nikki Cooley, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Karen Cozetto, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Lesley Jantarasami, Environmental Protection Agency
Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon
Julie Maldonado, UC- Santa Barbara
Rachael Novak, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Garrit Voggesser, National Wildlife Federation