The following resources were compiled to provide Tribal Nations and Indigenous Communities with a comprehensive selection of climate change adaptation tools while considering traditional knowledges and the cultural significance of land, water, and other natural resources.
Climate Change Adaptation Resources
The Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives provides provisional guidelines for understanding the context of traditional knowledge in the process of climate adaptation. Additionally, the document explores the potential risks that indigenous communities face when sharing traditional knowledges with non-traditional climate adaptation initiatives.
Climate Voyager is an interactive mapping tool that displays a wide range of future climate projections. The user will be able to view temperature, precipitation, drought, and plant hardiness scenarios under the following emissions scenarios: Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 presents a “business as usual” forecast, assuming that emissions will continue to rise and minimal adaptation or mitigation approaches will be adopted. RCP 4.5 assumes that carbon emissions will stabilize, presenting a less harsh forecast than RCP 8.5.
Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad was developed by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and is written in the Anishinaabe language. This resource provides a framework to integrate Indigenous and Traditional knowledge, culture, language and history into the climate adaptation planning process. The process can be adopted and modified as needed to conform to the needs and values of other Tribes.
The Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit is a collection of other templates and resources to assist Tribes in the process of climate adaptation. They are not meant to be followed directly. Rather, these frameworks should guide the adaptation process and be accommodated accordingly to fit the specific needs of the area and community.
Tribal FERST is an online GIS mapping tool that provides tribes with access to human health and ecological science information for their location. Users follow a “Tribal roadmap” that helps identify priority issues, compile data, explore options to reduce exposures and risks, and assess the impacts of actions taken.
Climate Change Resources for Tribes is a visual guide that connects users with various sectors of climate adaptation. This includes funding information, meetings, communication tools, and relevant climate data.
- American Indian Tribal Nations and Resources in the US Southeast Region
- ITEP Tribes & Climate Change Program
- National Park Service-Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- Fourth National Climate Assessment: Tribes and Indigenous Peoples
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Program
- United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
- United South and Eastern Tribes Climate Change Headlines
- Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report: Tribal Lands
Tribal Resources Web App
This interactive WebApp contains information about state and federally recognized Tribes in the southeast, including web links to connect users with a first-hand account of the Tribe’s story. Additionally, phone and email information for designated Tribal points of contact are highlighted to link users with relevant Tribal climate change adaptation experts. Each of these geographic layers can be viewed individually or in tandem. To toggle layers on/off, navigate to the second icon in the menu to the left. From there, you can select which information to be displayed. A full view web version of the application can be viewed here.