DOI Secretarial Order 3289 (2010) - Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on America's Water, Land and Other Natural and Cultural Resources

This U.S, Department of the Interior (DOI) order, Secretarial Order No. 3289, establishes a department-wide approach for applying scientific tools to increase the understanding of climate change and to coordinate an effective response to its impacts on tribes and on the land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources that the Department manages. It replaces Secretarial Order No. 3226, Amendment No. 1, issued on January 16, 2009, and reinstates the provisions of Secretarial Order No. 3226, issued on January 19, 2001.

This order renames the Climate Change Response Council within the Office of the Secretary to the Energy and Climate Change Council.  The Council is responsible for executing a coordinated Department-wide strategy to address renewable energy efforts and to increase scientific understanding of and development of effective adaptive management tools to address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.

The order renames the USGS Climate Change and Wildlife regional science centers as DOI Climate Science Centers, and broadens their mandate from providing climate change impact and analysis data to fish and wildlife managers, to encompassing other climate-change-related impacts on Departmental resources.

The order reiterates the purpose and function of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and makes clear that climate change planning requirements for DOI offices and bureaus remain in effect from the prior Orders 3226 and 3285.

Section 5, "American Indians and Alaska Natives" recognizes that tribes may be disproportionately harmed by climate change, and that as the DOI "has the primary trust responsibility for the Federal Government for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and tribal lands and resources, the Department will ensure consistent and in-depth government-to-government consultation with tribes and Alaska Natives on the Department's climate change initiatives." Additionally, the Department states it will use traditional ecological knowledge in formulating climate change policy. 



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Publication Date: February 2, 2010

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