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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Adaptation Planning Toolkit

Developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this Toolkit offers resources and templates to support tribes in climate adaptation planning. In an introductory document, ITEP provides an overview of adaptation planning fundamentals including guiding principles, frameworks, assessment basics, and strategy development. The Toolkit includes templates created by ITEP for tribes to develop adaptation guidance, policy resolutions, and an adaptation plan. Primary adaptation resources and tools are summarized and linked in a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet.

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Central Texas Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Regional Transportation Infrastructure

January 2015

Led by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin, Texas, this assessment is one of 19 national projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. Using the Department of Transportation’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool, the report evaluates the vulnerability of nine critical transportation assets – including Austin’s MetroRail Red Line and interstate highways – to climate stressors such as flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and icing.

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Swinomish Climate Change Initiative: Climate Adaptation Action Plan

October 2010

The ultimate goal of the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative of the Swinomish Tribal Community was to develop an action plan for the adaptation and mitigation of potential risks and impacts of climate change. Under the guidance and coordination of the Swinomish Office of Planning and Community Development, the first year of the Initiative was devoted to the assessment of projected impacts, as presented in an Impact Assessment Technical Report issued in the fall of 2009. The second year of the project was focused on the evaluation of strategies and options for recommended actions to counter identified impacts, which resulted in the preparation and release of this report.

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Swinomish Climate Change Initiative

2008

“If adaptation is to be our future, we at Swinomish have already proved ourselves equal to the challenge. In the spirit and knowledge of our long history, I urge those within our community to embrace this challenge, and to meet it with every confidence of success. That is the true essence of Swinomish.”   ~ Chairman Brian Cladoosby Speepots, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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New Mexico Climate Risk Map

June 17, 2021

On June 17, 2021, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) launched the New Mexico Climate Risk Map, a tool to provide state residents with information about how climate change may impact their community. The free online map allows communities and residents to search by address and provides dozens of data layers related to five climate hazards: air quality, drought, heat, flooding, and wildfire. The Climate Risk Map displays climate change impacts to better prepare communities for risk and inspire adaptive action.

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Maine H.P. 1169–L.D. 1572: Resolve, To Analyze the Impact of Sea-Level Rise

June 16, 2021

On June 16, 2021, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law H. P. 1169–L. D. 1572 directing state-level departments and agencies to conduct a review of their laws and regulations to incorporate considerations of a relative sea-level rise of 1. 5 feet by 2050 and 4 feet by 2100. Additionally, this law directs state-level departments and agencies to identify ways to implement strategy F3 of the Maine Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, “to enhance community resilience to flooding and other climate impacts.

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Florida Senate Bill (S.B.) 1954: Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience

May 13, 2021

On May 12, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (S. B. ) 1954, Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience, into law (Fla. Stat. § 380. 093 (2021)). Among other provisions, the law establishes the Resilient Florida Grant Program to build regional and local resilience and requires the state develop a statewide flood vulnerability and sea-level rise data assessment and Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience Plan.  The purpose of the law is to determine flooding risks related to increased precipitation, extreme weather, and sea-level rise and initiate a coordinated statewide effort to adapt to these risks.

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Florida Senate Bill (S.B.) 2514: Resilient Florida Trust Fund

May 13, 2021

On May 12, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (S.B. 2514) into law creating the Resilient Florida Trust Fund (fund) within the Department of Environmental Protection (Fla. Stat. § 380.0935 (2021)). Accompanying S.B. 1954, the fund was established to support the Resilient Florida Grant Program and the development of the Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience PlanFunds from the Resilient Florida Trust Fund can also be put toward administrative and operational costs of the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation and for other coastal resilience initiatives. The fund is set to expire on July 1, 2025.

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Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides Flood Mitigation Assistance funds to assist states, territories, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to implement measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA announced a new round of funding for Fiscal Year 2022 totaling $160 million. The application period for this round of funding will be open from September 30, 2021 to January 28, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. ET.

The Fiscal Year 2022 funding notice for the Flood Mitigation Assistance program adopts the Center for Disease Control's Social Vulnerability Index as an additional scoring criteria to rank applications for proposed projects and activities. This new criteria prioritizes funding for the disadvantaged communities by awarding extra points to projects that affect underserved populations. 

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A Tribal Planning Framework: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Sector

April 2013

This Framework is designed to support American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in developing tribal climate change adaptation plans, or incorporating climate change adaptation strategies into existing tribal plans and initiatives, such as strategic plans or natural resource management plans. The report discusses climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the sectors of Natural and Cultural Resources, Building Standards, Housing, Infrastructure, Energy, Health, Telecommunications, Economic Development, Emergency Response, and Climate Law.

Author or Affiliated User: Kathy Lynn

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