UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals maintains an extensive list of upcoming climate change events and webinars at: http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/events.asp.
The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative website includes regional climate change webinars and resources at: http://northpacificlcc.org/Projects/Tribes
The following events may be of particular interest to tribes in the Northwest.
April 30-May 2, 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Seattle, WA.
The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem. To accomplish its purpose, the conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions featuring oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, frequent opportunities for informal networking, and related off-program events. www.wwu.edu/salishseaconference/
July 21-23, First Stewards Symposium, Washington, DC
First Stewards will hold their 2nd annual symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian. This year’s theme is “United Indigenous Voices Address Sustainability: Climate Change and Traditional Places”. This annual event aims to bring together coastal indigenous tribal elders, leaders, scientists, witnesses, and other scientists and policy leaders from around the nation to discuss traditional ecological knowledge and what it can teach us about past, present, and future adaptation to climate change. Regional panels of tribal leaders and tribal and Western scientists will examine how native people and their cultures have adapted to climate change for hundreds to thousands of years, and what their future — and that of the nation — may hold as the impacts of climate change continue. www.firststewards.org
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Tribes and Climate Change Website – http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/: This website provides information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. The site includes basic climate-change information; profiles of tribes in diverse regions of the U.S., including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts to use in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. ITEP has also recently created several fact sheets on climate change with a Southwest Focus:
Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Plan Template: ITEP’s tribal climate change adaptation plan template serves as a resource for Tribes as they develop climate change adaptation plans. The template provides guidelines and suggestions for writing plans and includes key terms and additional resources. The template is intended to be used for organizing and presenting information but is not meant to create a “one-size fits-all” plan, as each Tribe will have unique needs and approaches to planning for climate change. Please contact Sue Wotkyns (Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu), ITEP’s Climate Change Program Manager, to request the template, which is available as a Microsoft Word document file. Please include your name, Tribe or organization, and your contact information when requesting the template.
ITEP Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center (TCERC): TCERC is a research center working to support clean energy in tribal communities. TCERC’s mission is to foster the transition of Native American tribes and Alaskan Native Villages from fossil fuel to renewable energy and clean energy through development and research of clean energy technologies. They offer a variety of resources and support for tribal energy programs. For more information, go to: www4.nau.edu/itep/tcerc/
American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group - http://aianclimatechange.com/: The AIAN “Working Group” was formed through a coalition of tribal colleges. Goals of the AIAN climate change working group include: Preparing future generations of AI/AN geoscience professionals, educators, and a geoscience literate AI/AN workforce; Ensuring that indigenous tribal knowledge of landscapes and climates are valued, used and incorporated into our tribal exercise of geoscience education and research; Establishing a collaborative effort between federal agencies, tribes and tribal colleges in order to make sure geoscience education and research opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives are integrated and coordinated.
Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources – http://www.cier.ca/: The Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources is a Canadian national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organisation established in 1994 by a group of First Nation Chiefs from across Canada. Through its programs, the Centre takes action on climate change, builds sustainable communities, protects lands and waters, and conserves biodiversity.
University of Colorado Law and CIRES –http://www.tribesandclimatechange.org/: CU’s Native Communities and Climate Change project works to support climate change adaptation planning by American Indian tribes and their partners. The project website includes a searchable database of relevant documents.
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange – http://www.cakex.org/: The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is a joint effort by EcoAdapt and Island Press to create an innovative community of practice on climate change adaptation. CAKE is intended to support individuals interested in developing the discipline of adaptation to climate change by: facilitating the identification of important information and its accessibility; Building a community via an interactive online platform; Connecting practitioners to share knowledge and strategies; and Networking with other relevant materials around the web.
Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - http://pnwclimate.org: The Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) provides information and tools for making decisions about landscape and watershed management in a changing climate.. The CIRC is a consortium of three multi-university organizations: The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, including Oregon State University and the University of Orego; Idaho’s project on Water Resources in a Changing Climate, including University of Idaho and Boise State University; and the University Extension Services from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington including Oregon and Washington Sea Grant programs.
Climate Impacts Group – http://cses.washington.edu/cig/: The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission - http://www.critfc.org/wana/climate.html: The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its member tribes are aggressively addressing climate change and its effects on tribal fisheries and water resources, as well as other natural and cultural resources. CRITFC is supporting tribal adaptation and mitigation efforts through collaboration, coordination and development of science and technology (i.e. conducting technical research on climate change impacts on tribal lands), and development and coordination of tribal mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions in state, federal and other venues.
EcoAdapt -http://www.ecoadapt.org/: EcoAdapt brings together diverse players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and resource management in response to rapid climate change. EcoAdapt’s main objectives include: Building the field of adaptation by coordinating, magnifying, and making climate change adaptation capacity and resources more accessible; Building capacity of current and future professionals in conservation, planning, and development so they can engage in climate change adaptation; and Supporting implementation of adaptation strategies by providing capacity to partners eager to take climate adaptation action.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Tribal Air Quality Program -http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/tribalair: Indian tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule to manage air quality in Indian country. The EPA provides technical assistance and resource to help Tribes built their program capacity. Promoting Generations of Self-Reliance – Stories and Examples of Tribal Adaptation to Change (also available at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/TRIBAL.NSF.)
Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices guidebook: http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/Publications.html: The Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices guidebook provides guidance to employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and to indigenous cooperators who work with NRCS. It provides a sensitive process in which knowledge is shared, allowing employees to incorporate the indigenous knowledge into NRCS’ assistance through its conservation practices.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication through improved conservation planning and design. Partner agencies and organizations coordinate with each other while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions. The three LCC’s in the Pacific Northwest include:
North Pacific LCC – http://http://northpacificlcc.org/
Great Basin LCC – http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/Great_Basin_LCC.html
Great Northern LCC – http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/gnlcc
Our Natural Resources – http://www.ournaturalresources.org/: ONR – Our Natural Resources – (pronounced Honor) is an alliance of tribal natural resources organizations and tribes committed to develop and advance a national tribal natural resources strategy. Its mission is to protect and utilize the health and productivity of the natural resources to ensure the well-being of tribal cultures, communities, economies, health of future generations while enhancing sovereignty.
PNW Climate Change Collaboration – http://www.c3.gov/: The Pacific Northwest Climate Change Collaboration (C3) is intended to better organize, integrate and focus the federal community’s efforts to address the effects of climate change on natural resources in the Pacific Northwest region; foster collaborative efforts between research, management and regulatory agencies and programs (“knowledge-to-action”); and provide a portal to the federal climate change community in the Pacific Northwest, for states, academic organizations, tribal organizations and others. C3 agencies have also collaborated on the Pacific Northwest Climate Change Inventory. The inventory includes information on research tools, models, modeled scenarios, monitoring programs/projects and assessments related to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest. http://www.c3.gov/PNW_inventory.cfm.
Northwest Climate Science Center - http://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/science.cfm. The Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) was established in 2010 to blend recognized academic expertise and federal resources to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers’ priorities in response to a changing climate. The NW CSC is supported by a consortium of Northwest academic institutions that offer capabilities in climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, and advanced information technology, all of which are necessary to address and respond to climate change in the Northwest. The geographic area generally encompassed by the NW CSC includes terrestrial, freshwater and near-shore marine ecosystems in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana. The NW CSC FY2012 Annual Science Work Plan is available for review at http://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/news/NW-CSC-FY2012-Annual-Science-Work-Plan.cfm.
Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
RVCC is comprised of western rural and local, regional, and national organizations that have joined together to promote balanced conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the West. RVCC maintains a web resource on climate change policy for rural communities and landscapes in the Western U.S at http://ruralclimate.wordpress.com/. Sustainable Northwest recently published The Cowboy, The Outlaw, and The Kid, a series of stories profiling individual and community actions in response to climate change in rural America. http://www.sustainablenorthwest.org/resources/the-cowboy-the-outlaw-and-the-kid
University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program – http://enr.uoregon.edu/: The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program’s response to the current climate crisis, hosted and driven by the fellows of the Global Environmental Democracy Project. The goal of CCI is to inform, educate and connect law students, practitioners, and policymakers to emerging developments in climate law and policy.
US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station – http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/climate-change/index.shtml: The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is one of seven research centers that are part of the USDA Forest Service. The PNW Reserach Station is engaged in a variety of climate-change related research activities, including co-partnering with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program on this website.
USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center - http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/index.shtml
The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation. Changing climates have already catalyzed changes in environments throughout the United States, and future effects are expected to be greater. Although future scenarios are daunting, managers can do much to promote adaptation to climate change and encourage reduction of human effects on climate. Current topics and resources include:
- Climate Change Assessments – http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/topics/assessments/
- A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS) to Climate Change – http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/37850
Wisdom of the Elders - http://wisdomoftheelders.org/
Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions. Wisdom of the Elders especially seeks to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich our worlds.
Tools and Resources:
3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference Proceedings
The Conference covered a diverse range of climate change topics, with panels covering Columbia Basin impacts and adaptations, hydrology, agriculture, conservation, climate variability, vulnerability assessments, climate change communication, terrestrial issues, aquatic issues, adaptation and human health. Presentations and research posters are available online: http://pnwclimateconference.org/presentations/AgendaWithPresentations.pdf
Forest Service Climate-aquatics Blog
This blog discusses ongoing issues of climate change and aquatic ecosystems: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/boise/AWAE/projects/stream_temp/stream_temperature_climate_aquatics_blog.html.
Climate Change Response: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This webpage is dedicated to describing FWS’s climate change strategy, including adaptation, mitigation and engagement. Included is a link to the FWS plan for climate change response. More information at: http://www.fws.gov/home/climatechange/strategy.html.
National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy will provide a unified approach—reflecting shared principles and science-based practices—for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats and associated ecological processes across geographic scales. It is an inter-agency effort that brings together all levels of government with tribal nations to develop a common strategy for dealing with climate challenges. For more information, and access to a public review draft of the adaptation strategy, go to: http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/ .
FWS Climate Change Information Toolkit
A key part of the FWS’s climate change strategy is to inform FWS staff about the impacts of accelerating climate change and to engage partners and others in seeking collaborative solutions. With that in mind, the FWS has created a toolkit of resources, found at: http://www.fws.gov/home/climatechange/toolkit.html.
Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series
The FWS and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the growing challenges of climate change. Presentations and research are available online, and discuss a diverse range of conversation themed topics from research on specific landscapes and conversation challenges, to more specific discussions of impediments to conservation. The presentations and more information can be found at: http://training.fws.gov/CSP/Resources/climate_change/safeguarding_bc.html .
Skagit Watershed Council 2012 Workshop Proceedings
The Skagit Watershed Council has held a workshop focused on climate change and its potential impacts on salmon and salmon habitats. They have made the resources from this workshop available; presentations focus on effects to marine ecosystem health in the Skagit watershed. PDFs of the presentation are available at: www.skagitclimatescience.org/skagit-watershed-council-sc2-2012-workshop/.
FY 2012 Climate Science Center Funded Projects
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced funding of more than $10 million awarded by Interior’s regional Climate Science Centers (CSC) to universities or other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Of the 69 funded projects, the following projects involve tribes either as PIs or as Cooperators and Partners: Northwest CSC-Marshes to Mudflats: Climate Change Effects Along a Latitudinal Gradient in the Pacific Northwest (Nisqually Indian Tribe, Skokomish Indian Tribe); Correlation and Climate Sensitivity of Human Health and Environmental Indicators in the Salish Sea (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community); Utilizing Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge to inform Climate Change Priorities (Yurok Tribe). South Central CSC-Inter-Tribal Workshops on Climate Variability and Change (Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma). In addition, a Southwest CSC-funded project has a tribal focus: Southwest Climate Change Vulnerability of Native Americans in the Southwest. More information on these projects can be found at: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/files/FY12_CSC_Funded_Projects_for_Release_10-1-12FINAL.pdf
Publications of Interest
Articles from the Special Issue of the Climatic Change Journal
Wildcat, D (2013) Introduction: climate change and indigenous peoples of the USA
This article is part of a Special Issue on “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences, and Actions” edited by Julie Koppel Maldonado, Rajul E. Pandya, and Benedict J. Colombi. Climatic Change 120:509-515. DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0849-6.