Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook
The changing climate is affecting critical cultural and community resources, species, habitats, people, and assets. In many cases, these changes are likely to be profound, having the potential to significantly affect the lifeways of Indigenous communities. Yet, since time immemorial, Tribes have maintained their cultural traditions, demonstrating a high degree of resilience in the face of changing environmental and social conditions.
The Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook, published as a pdf in 2018 (attached below) and adapted to a website in 2022, supports Tribes in their efforts to prepare for climate change. The Guidebook provides a comprehensive framework for climate change adaptation planning that explicitly recognizes the distinct circumstances of Tribal governments, culture, and knowledge systems while highlighting exemplary efforts by Tribes to adapt to climate change.
The Guidebook’s framework has five major steps:
- Step 1: Center the Tribe’s Adaptation Effort
- Step 2: Identify Concerns and Gather Information
- Step 3: Assess Vulnerability
- Step 4: Plan for Action
- Step 5: Implement and Monitor Actions
- Traditional Knowledges: The Guidebook includes considerations for integrating and protecting Traditional Knowledges throughout the adaptation planning process relying on the Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges (TKs) in Climate Change Initiatives.
- Resources: The Guidebook integrates external resources throughout the climate adaptation planning framework that provide greater context and additional guidance on particular aspects of the adaptation planning process.
- Tribal Examples: The Guidebook highlights examples from Tribal climate initiatives across the United States that relate to and illustrate a particular activity within the climate adaptation planning framework.
Each step is broken down into a number of activities. Embedded within each activity are suggested tasks, guidance on incorporating and protecting Traditional Knowledges, guiding questions, Tribal examples, resources, and additional tips on engaging the Tribal community and documenting the adaptation planning process.