Welcome to Native Communities and Climate Change

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About The Project

Native Communities and Climate Change is a project of the University of Colorado Law School and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES). The Project received seed funding from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute—a joint institute between the University of Colorado and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is currently funded by the Western Water Assessment (WWA)—a Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, one of eleven nation-wide funded by NOAA's Climate Program Office—and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The Native Communities and Climate Change project seeks to provide resources for climate change adaptation and natural resource planning by American Indian tribes as well as to provide useful information to organizations and agencies working with Indian tribes on these issues.

Project Objectives

  1. Advance tribal climate change awareness, collaboration, education, and response strategies by establishing a central, on-line database of relevant documents and other data that is both comprehensive and easily searched.
  2. Assist interested tribes and tribal partners in developing climate change adaptation and/or drought preparedness and mitigation plans.
  3. Through the submission of formal comment letters and other opportunities for input, urge federal and state natural resource and climate change decision-makers to consider and address the information, analysis, and recommendations contained in the on-line database.
  4. Develop downscaled climate projection data for interested tribes in the Four Corners region.