AIHEC STEM Initiatives
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Climate Change Liaison Initiative
AIHEC is in the early stages of implementing a project to facilitate and support climate resilience work. The Native Climate Resilience Network (NCRN), currently funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, focuses on the implementation of community-based participatory research processes for engaging tribal communities in community adaptation to climate change related challenges. Working within the resource landscape of existing institutions and organizations (i.e. TCUs, tribal governments) the project is intended to empower tribal communities to acquire the knowledge and apply the tools necessary to identify climate change threats and implement response strategies. This focus involves integration of traditional knowledge systems and western science, with the expectation that mutually reinforcing connections will inform both paradigms and encourage broader community participation. The project also focuses on garnering the expertise of national climate research and response/mitigation resources to support local and community research and response efforts, as they are needed.