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Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu

Photo of Forest Service researchers are helping tribes develop climate change adaptation plans.Forest Service researchers are helping tribes develop climate change adaptation plans.Snapshot : USDA Forest Service researchers helped to create a new resource that incorporates indigenous perspectives and traditional ecological knowledge into climate change adaptation planning. This resource is being used to help tribal natural resources professionals develop climate adaptation plans and to help nontribal organizations communicate with tribal communities.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Handler, StephenSwanston, Chris
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2019
Highlight ID : 1627

Summary

Traditional and indigenous knowledge and perspectives have not often been recognized in climate adaptation for natural and cultural resources. USDA Forest Service researchers at the agency's Northern Research Station and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science worked with a diverse team representing tribal, academic, intertribal, and federal entities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan to create Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu to make a stronger connection between indigenous values and climate adaptation planning. The Tribal Adaptation Menu is an organized collection of climate change adaptation actions for natural resource management, designed to help land managers identify suitable actions for their situation. A companion document describes considerations for working with tribal communities, such as the importance of respect and reciprocity in interactions with people and the natural world. The team is using the menu in workshops to help natural resources staff brainstorm appropriate adaptation actions. The menu is also a communication tool for persons or organizations interested in the needs and values of diverse tribal communities. The menu will be released in an editable format to allow tribes from around the country to tailor it to their own needs.