Tribal Climate Change Project

The Tribal Climate Change Project (TCCP) is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. TCCP aims to understand the needs, lessons learned, and opportunities American Indians and Alaska Natives have in planning for the physical effects of climate change. This information will be used to inform resource management decision-making in the context of climate change. This project supports the USDA Forest Service 2010 Coordinated Approach to Tribal Climate Change Research strategy.

A research focal area of the the project is on tribal adaptation and mitigation planning; aiming to incorporate traditional and native knowledge in understanding climate change impacts and to identify culturally appropriate strategies to address climate change.

A key component of TCCP is the Pacific Northwest Climate Change Network which serves as a means to exchange information on climate change policy, programs, grants and other opportunities for tribes to engage in climate change issues. Another component is links to profiles, or case studies, for adaptive actions by tribes across the country. Each profile illustrates innovative approaches to addressing climate change challenges and is intended to describe the successes and lessons learned associated with planning and implementation approaches they are using to address climate change. These profiles are stored on another valuable site for tribal adaptation called "Tribes and Climate Change" (see separate entry). A third component of the overall project is the creation of resources and publications aimed at building knowledge about climate change initiatives among tribes throughout the U.S.  One such publication, "A Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs," (an additional entry in this clearinghouse) is accessible from their website.

Related Organizations:


  • Tribal
  • Land management and conservation

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Resource Types:

  • Engagement

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