BIA Tribal Adaptation and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning Projects
On March 23, 2016 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced they will provide nearly $6.5 million to fund tribal projects that promote climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. The BIA’s Tribal Climate Resilience Program is responding to the Recommendations of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and helping to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
Climate adaptation funding supports tribal climate adaptation planning, training and participation in technical workshops and forums. As an example, in 2015 the Karuk Tribe received funding to help assess vulnerabilities from increased fire intensity and severity.
Ocean and coastal management funds are to support coastal tribes in addressing coastal erosion, sea level rise, ocean acidification and emergency management. For example, in 2015 the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon received funding to conduct a fisheries inventory and to assist with vulnerability assessment coordination and planning.
Youth program funding supports tribal program internships that specifically address climate change adaptation, research internships in scientific settings in cooperation with the tribe requesting the funding, and youth engagement.
President Obama's proposed budget for FY 2017 includes an increase of $3 million to specifically address the impacts of climate change on the Arctic, and offer support to Alaska Native Villages in evaluating options for the long-term resilience of their communities.
In June 2017, the website was updated and references to climate change were removed from the program description. To access the website before these changes, please visit an archived page here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170128080511/https://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA/climatechange/index.htm
Publication Date: March 23, 2016
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Funding program
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