Climate Change Resilience
The AIHEC Climate Change Resilience Initiatives focus on supporting the science and technical needs of tribes through the establishment of a series of tribal climate science and technical support positions across the nation.
Climate resilience refers to the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to the destabilizing and destructive impacts of climate change. AIHEC is committed to supporting TCUs and Tribal communities with their efforts to identify and respond effectively to current and emerging climate vulnerabilities.
The impacts of climate change are affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are increasingly evident for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and in some cases, threatening the ability of tribal nations to carry on their cultural traditions and beliefs. In recognition of Federal trust responsibilities and in accordance with the government-to-government relationship that exists with tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Climate Resilience Program (TCRP) in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC), are partnering with AIHEC to support the science and technical needs of tribes through the establishment of a series of tribal climate science and technical support positions.
The addition of AIHEC Tribal Resilience Liaisons to the science teams at the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) will improve the identification of tribal science needs, improve climate adaptation planning support, enable forums to address regional training needs, and improve the ability of the diverse Federal agencies involved in supporting tribal efforts to address climate challenges to coordinate with tribes.