Tribal Nations Tools – Adaptation
Tribal Nations Tools – Adaptation
- Adaptation Workbook for Natural Resources: A growing number of Tribal Nations work with the U.S. Forest Service on adjacent lands through this structured process to consider the effects of climate change on forests and related ecosystems and plan projects together to build climate resiliency.
- Arctic Adaptation Exchange: The Arctic Adaptation Exchange (AAE) facilitates knowledge exchange through a central information hub for adaptation projects, techniques, and strategies. Its Communities Collection presents the knowledge and experience of indigenous peoples, including Alaska Native communities through access to the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
- Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE): EcoAdapt developed the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) to access adaptation case studies, including Tribal Nations stories, virtual library resources, a directory of adaptation practitioners, and a database of relevant tools. Tribal Nations can also participate in community forums or contribute resources.
- Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe): As more Tribal Nations complete climate adaptation plans, and begin more in-depth resource analysis, they can find existing vulnerability assessments by geographic area, assessment target, sponsoring agency, and other factors. Registered users can also enter basic information about a vulnerability assessment, enabling colleagues, partners, and others to learn and benefit from their work. Existing Tribal Nations contributions may be found in the Other Regions section of the location-based search.
- Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice: Natural resource managers and conservation professionals can use this guide to help them incorporate climate considerations into their program. DOI Climate Science Centers provide tribal versions of this climate adaptation planning course through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change Program provides annual travel support grants to permit tribes to attend this and other climate trainings.
- Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives: The Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives were developed by the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW), composed of tribal climate experts and partners. Tribes, agencies, and organizations can use this guide as a framework to increase understanding of issues relating to access and protection of traditional knowledges in climate initiatives. It includes both a Primer on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change and a discussion of ethics to aid understanding and appropriate usage.
- G-WOW Guiding for Tomorrow: Changing Climate, Changing Culture: The “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban” (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW” Initiative is a unique approach to increasing awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures, and economies. G-WOW integrates scientific climate change research with place-based evidence of how climate change is affecting traditional Ojibwe lifeways and people of all cultures. The Initiative brings native perspectives and involvement to addressing issues of climate change by directly engaging native communities, educators, and students, providing learners with knowledge about what they can do to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate.
- Indigenous Health Indicators Tool: The Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are meant to provide a clear and broadly understandable depiction of what it means to be healthy for many indigenous communities, as well as a method for evaluating the status of health and well-being. IHIs were developed by Swinomish and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribes with federal partners. Tribal Nations can use this tool — which incorporates connections to ecosystem health and social/cultural beliefs — to better evaluate and manage public environmental health risks and impacts aligned with their value systems.
- Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network: The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) developed the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network to assist Alaska Native participants, called “LEOs”, post unique or unusual environmental events onto public, web-based maps. The LEO network provides a model for connecting community members with technical experts and resources and is expanding to other regions of the United States and the Arctic.
- OceanAdapt: Coastal Tribes and Alaska Native communities may use OceanAdapt to explore how the distribution of almost 650 marine species—including those of interest for subsistence fishing and shellfish gathering—have changed over the past 40 years. Advanced visualization tools help track changes in the distribution of marine species with changing climate and ocean conditions.
- Regional Adaptation Collaborative Toolkit: Although initially built through efforts of several California Regional Collaboratives, this Regional Adaptation Collaborative Toolkit may serve Tribal Nations in developing insights into effective governance mechanisms for engaging local, regional, state, and national stakeholders to protect resources across broader landscapes upon which Tribal Nations often depend on for subsistence resources and their close relationships with broader ecosystems health.
- US Drought Portal: Tribal Nations in the lower 48 increasingly rely on the U.S. Drought Portal to access a range of information and services related to drought including early warnings, climate data, and decision support services. A search for “tribe” on the portal includes tribal drought resources, such as Lessons Learned from Tribal Drought Planning and the Navajo Nation Climate Adaptation Plan.