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Legal Considerations for Climate Change Impacts on Tribes’ Off-Reservation Resources

April 2011

Roughly 1. 2 million U. S. tribal members living on or near reservations are experiencing constraints on their lifestyles and economic activity due to the impacts of climate change. Forest resources are deteriorating due to invasive species, while salmon are threatened by warmer water temperatures. In the United States, the federal government has an obligation to exercise legal authorities to protect tribal lands, resources and rights. Because ecosystems and ecosystem impacts permeate jurisdictions and borders, tribal dependence on the land extends beyond on-reservation resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Teresa Jacobs, Santi Alston

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

Authored by the National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy - this book focuses on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. It argues that building resilience will involve a cultural shift in which disaster risk is taken more seriously, and resilience and disaster preparedness is valued at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Transforming the Means and Ends of Natural Resource Management

2011

This article, from the North Carolina Law Review, addresses limitations of existing regulatory systems to manage the effects of climate change on natural resources in the United States. The Article explores the implications of continuing to rely on conventionally static and fragmented decision making, passive management, and historical preservation when global climatic shifts are widely expected to lead to rapid changes in ecological systems that are unforeseen, novel, and potentially detrimental to ecological diversity and function.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011)

January 2011

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA) was signed into law in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, establishing the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As amended in 2011, COPA is also a tool in assisting city governments to plan for climate change adaptation and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2011

April 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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King County, Washington Ordinance 17270 requiring strategic climate change action plan

February 28, 2012

Ordinance 17270 required the King County executive to develop a strategic climate action plan by June 29, 2012, and subsequent plans thereafter, that establish both mitigation and adaptation actions for the county.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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General Design Principles for Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Legal Systems: Applications to Climate Change Adaptation Law

October 20, 2010

This Article explores ways to think about designing legal instruments and institutions to be resilient and adaptive to climate change impacts - described as "massive, variable, and long-term." The article reviews resilience theory in a framework relevant to lawyers, and explores general design principles for legal systems.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: J.B. Ruhl

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Policy: “Building Resilience to Climate Change”

October 15, 2010

As the lead agency in Maryland for climate change adaptation efforts, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued this policy to “provide direction and guidance regarding the Department’s investments in and management of land, resources and assets in the face of climate change.” The policy is “to make sound investments in land and facilities and to manage [DNR] assets and natural resources so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: A Collective Action Perspective on Federalism Considerations

February 1, 2011

Although an extensive literature concerning the federalism implications of climate change mitigation policy has developed, less has been written about the

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Robert L. Glicksman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability

March 2010

Created by the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group of the Executive Office of the President, under President Obama, this strategy document, or "roadmap," provides guidance to Working Group members to address policy, process, and legal hurdles to coastal restoration in the region. It outlines specific actions to take place over 18 months in 2010 and part of 2011 for these participating agencies. It also lays the foundation for a long-term vision to be achieved jointly with the states in the region.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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