Tribal Leaders' Summit on Climate Change

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Small group discussion at Tribal Leaders' Summit. Photo by Renee H. Reynolds.

CCASS and NNCAP hosted the Tribal Leaders' Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on November 12-13, 2015. The Summit was sponsored by the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, the Southwest Climate Science Center, and the UA Institute of the Environment. The primary objective of the Tribal Summit was to convene tribal environmental managers and leaders who have approved climate adaptation plans to share experiences, lessons learned, and build support for wider tribal climate adaptation planning and implementation work. The Summit was attended by 60 participants, including 20 tribal representatives from at least 19 tribes (including 2 tribal council women from the Village of Newtok Alaska), 10 federal agency representatives, and 20 university representatives and students.

The Summit's report is available here; it provides an overview of the major points and outcomes from the meeting.  A two-page description is also available here.