Chad Marchand, Univeristy of Arizona
Schuyler Chew, Unversity of Arizona
Lynn Rae, University of Arizona
This presentation will include an overview of the University of Arizona’s (UA) Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (NNCAP), including outcomes associated with research projects, outreach initiatives, events, and partnerships. The NNCAP works with Native American tribes and indigenous populations in the western United States and Mexico to solve environmental and climate change issues. The NNCAP focuses on: 1) establishing and building relationships with tribes and university research staff and students; 2) providing technical and resource support for tribes, 3) improving the understanding of individual tribal needs and objectives, and 4) promoting effective engagement and collaboration between tribes and universities to increase the adaptive capacity of indigenous communities. Specifically, the presentation will summarize outcomes associated with our 2015 Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change, Southwest Tribal Climate Change Network, UA Indigenous Collaborative Network, and Tribal Climate Assessment. In addition, we will outline specific collaborative research projects involving tribes in the southwest. The presentation will also identify some of the barriers associated with tribal climate change adaptation planning and highlight some of the lessons learned throughout the development of our university’s program.
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