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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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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Akwesasne

August 30, 2013

Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) Nation Territory, known as Akwesasne, is located in the St. Lawrence River Valley and straddles the border between New York State, Ontario and Quebec. This plan discusses the risks posed by climate change to the Mohawk people’s traditional way of life and includes adaptation recommendations aimed at improving public health and cultural preservation. Recognizing the Nation’s deep ties to the land, the plan uses cultural concepts and symbols as a framework for discussing climate change.

Related Organizations: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report

November 17, 2016

A Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report and companion website highlight the efforts of seven partnerships across the U. S. to build resilience of natural resources and to increase climate resilience at the landscape scale. These partnerships use existing collaborative, regional approaches to address climate change and to identify priority areas for conservation, restoration, and management actions.  At each location, Federal agencies work closely with state, tribal, and local partners to prepare for and prevent climate impacts, and ensure that long-term conservation efforts take climate change into account.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Climate Risk and Response

November 2008

This report provides a comprehensive examination of the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation in California. This multi-sector study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley compiles the most recent available science on climate change impacts in the state, assesses the economic implications, and examines strategies for adaptation. 

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael McCormick, Fredrich Kahrl, David Roland-Holst

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Vulnerability Monitor

2012

The Climate Vulnerability Monitor (2nd Ed. ) measures the global impact of climate change and the carbon economy at a national level. It calculates and compares the vulnerability for 184 countries in four areas of impact (environmental disasters, habitat change, health impact and industry stress) using 34 climate and carbon related indicators. The report is the second to be issued by an ongoing international research program on climate-related vulnerability mandated to the independent humanitarian and development research organization, DARA.

Related Organizations: DARA

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

July 19, 2010

This report is the final set of recommendations from the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, a group of 24 senior federal officials led by the Council on Environmental Quality was tasked by President Obama in June 2009 with developing recommendations to enhance the nation's ability to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources for the benefit of present and future generations. One of the National Priority Objectives identified as a premise to the recommendations is to strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments, and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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An Integrated DOI Plan for Addressing the Effects of Climate Change on Natural Systems

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Science Subcommittee to identify the science and information needed to assist the DOI in addressing the consequences of climate change and to suggest possible options for developing, coordinating, acquiring, and analyzing any additional scientific information that would be helpful for that purpose.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries program is a partnership between the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort, initiated in 2008, brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Federal Actions for a Climate Resilient Nation - Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

October 28, 2011

In October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental and Energy Performance, which sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in agency environmental, energy, and economic performance. The Executive Order charged the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force with providing recommendations on how Federal policies, programs, and planning efforts can better prepare the United States for climate change. In October 2010, the Task Force recommended a set of policy goals and actions in its Progress Report to the President.

Related Organizations: Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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