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Location

United States
46° 27' 28.9548" N, 63° 27' 25.3116" W

Project Summary/Overview

Climate change is currently affecting, and will continue to affect, Atlantic Canada. Many coastal communities are experiencing climate-related impacts such as property damage, erosion of land, and increased flooding. Aboriginal communities are no exception to the impacts of climate change and must find ways to adapt. The Atlantic Aboriginal Climate Change Adaptation Workshop, which was organized by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI), funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and facilitated by the Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment (ICE), was held to develop a toolbox for Aboriginal First Nations to cope with the impacts of climate change and develop adaptation strategies.

Location

United States
61° 55' 30.6084" N, 114° 57' 39.3768" W

Project Summary/Overview

Current efforts to understand the impacts of climate change on Aboriginal communities in Canada focus on those groups north of the 60th parallel. The lack of attention to the southern communities has resulted in a scarcity of information about the biophysical, economic, social, and cultural impacts of climate change, and how those impacts could exacerbate current challenges (e.g., poor water quality, unsafe housing, substandard infrastructure). Moreover, the capacity for Aboriginal communities (individuals and institutions) south of 60° to adapt to climate change impacts remains largely unknown. In order to fill this gap, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) partnered with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) to identify specific climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in these communities as well as their capacity to adapt.

Location

United States
54° 57' 38.8836" N, 74° 10' 46.8768" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Many Strong Voices Programme (MSV) was created in 2005 and brings together indigenous people, community organizations, policy makers, and NGOs to promote the well-being of Arctic coastal communities by taking action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to give them a voice on the world stage. The Portraits of Resilience photography project, through the words and photos of youth in the Arctic, Fiji, Seychelles, and Tuvalu, illustrates the impacts of climate change on these communities and their ability to adapt to impending climate change.

Location

United States
67° 26' 30.5412" N, 133° 44' 34.494" W

Project Summary/Overview

Tsiigehtchic is a small, traditional community located in the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada. Due to its northern location, climate change impacts such as melting permafrost and increased erosion are already being felt in Tsiigehtchic. In response, the Tsiigehtchic community partnered with Ecology North, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sound environmental decision-making at individual, community, and regional levels, to develop a climate change adaptation plan.

Location

United States
75° 26' 45.222" N, 89° 41' 32.5788" W

Project Summary/Overview

Communities of the Canadian Arctic face many challenges to attain food security; not only are there challenges and costs associated with wildlife harvesting, but for many families that cannot participate in harvesting activities, overpriced store-bought foods are the only alternative. Climate change is predicted to exacerbate food insecurity in the Canadian Arctic because it may affect historical animal migration patterns and ranges as well as reduce human ability to access wildlife or store-bought foods. In 2009, UNEP/GRID-Arendal released a report entitled Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Food Security in the Canadian Arctic, which examined the scope of climate change impacts on food security in the region and provided a baseline for developing adaptive strategies.

Location

United States
15° 30' 0" N, 92° 35' 60" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Sierra-Costa region of Chiapas, Mexico is home to many threatened and endangered species, endemic species of salamanders and butterflies, and a nationally important bird area with hundreds of avian species. The region also supports the largest mangrove forests in Mexico, which serve as critical breeding and foraging habitats for birds and numerous fish species. The coastal area is also a critical corridor for many migratory dolphins and whale sharks. This project is intended to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into land use planning considerations in the Sierra-Costa region to support the protection, restoration, and conservation of critical ecosystem functions and habitats, even in a changing climate. The project will develop and pilot tools, methodologies, and protocols that watershed committees and other practitioners in the region can use to integrate environmentally-friendly practices into land use planning and management activities at a watershed scale.

Location

United States
10° 9' 32.5152" N, 85° 48' 22.9644" W

Project Summary/Overview

Junquillal Beach on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica is a representative example of many places in Latin American and the Caribbean where wildlife and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change. In 2005, with the support of the community, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) started the project “Conservation of Pacific Leatherbacks” [in Spanish, Conservación – Baulas del Pacífico (CBP)]. The CBP Program includes the monitoring and protection of sea turtle nesting sites, community education and training programs, and the development of flooding maps for the Junquillal area.

Location

United States
70° 44' 11.0004" N, 117° 46' 5.0016" W

Project Summary/Overview

Ulukhaktok is a small community of primarily Inuit people in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) of the western Canadian Arctic. Climate change is considered to be a significant challenge for Inuit communities and is already being experienced in the Canadian Arctic. Currently, adaptation to climate change impacts occurs at the individual or household level; they adapt to threats such as hazardous travel conditions by purchasing satellite radios and stockpiling fuel supplies. While this level of adaptation is important, enacting broader policy initiatives that provide long-term strategies for the community is key. The Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan for Ulukhaktok builds on previously established relationships to document climate change issues in the community, prioritize key concerns, and identify potential adaptation strategies. 

Location

United States
69° 21' 3.366" N, 124° 4' 16.3524" W

Project Summary/Overview

Paulatuk is a small hamlet located in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the western Canadian Arctic. Climate change is considered to be a significant challenge for Inuit communities and is already being experienced in the Canadian Arctic. Adaptation to climate change impacts is occurring at the individual and household level, and to some extent, at the community level. However, broader policy initiatives, capacity building, and funding are needed in order to provide long-term strategies for the Paulatuk Hamlet. The Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan for Paulatuk documents and prioritizes climate change issues and concerns in the community, identifies potential adaptation strategies and resources available to mitigate impacts, and incorporates adaptation actions into existing policies and procedures. 

Location

United States
21° 24' 10.3176" N, 157° 44' 17.7576" W

Project Summary/Overview

Kailua Beach is located on the windward (eastern) shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. While Kailua Beach is relatively stable, it is still at risk from a number of threats including overdevelopment and sea level rise. The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (UHSG) has partnered with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) to develop a comprehensive beach and dune management and land use development plan for Kailua Beach. The plan is intended to provide long-term recommendations and strategies for adapting to climate change. 

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