New Climate Resilience Tools and Tribal Toolkit
Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a new set of climate data resources as part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Data Initiative. These new data resources are part of an online Climate Resilience Toolkit that are designed to help communities prepare and manage impacts from climate change with a focus on Arctic communities and Tribal nations. Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn joined Secretary Jewell to announce the Climate Resilience Toolkit will also be updated with climate impact information specific to Tribal nations.
The online Tribal climate resources, developed with support by Tribes and other federal agencies like NOAA and the EPA, represent an important outcome from the cross-agency work of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
The Tribal climate toolkit can be found <here> The toolkit adapted findings and key points from the Third National Climate Assessment, including recognition that climate change impacts are projected to be especially severe for many of the 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States that depend on traditional places, foods, and lifestyles. The toolkit components include Assessment and Planning; Adaptation; Mitigation; Disaster Risk Reduction; Relocation; and Capacity Building.