Climate Programs

There are a growing number of tribal programs, government and non-government agencies and programs addressing climate change across the United States. This page includes tribal, federal and NGO climate change programs.

Title Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tribal Affairs FEMA

FEMA provides a number of resources for tribal communities. The FEMA Tribal Affairs team has included a list of grants related to disasters, hazards, and non-hazards that tribes are eligible for. FEMA also offers tribal training for increasing preparedness for disasters.

Disaster Planning National Link
Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources FEMA, USACE, NOAA, US Global Change Research Program, Council on Environmental Quality, and the New York City Panel on Climate Change

The Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources was formed between the USACE, Bureau of Reclamation, US Geological Survey, and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to evaluate how climate change consideration can be incorporated into activities related to the Nation’s water resources.

Adaptation, Water Resources National Link
Native Food Systems Resource Center First Nations Development Institute

The Native Food Systems Resource Center is an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, under our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Funding for development of this website (and several of our food-related projects) was generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We recognize that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, First Nations supports tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.
We also undertake research projects that build the knowledge and understanding of Native agriculture and food-systems issues, and inform Native communities about innovative ideas and best practices. We also participate in policy forums that help develop legislative and regulatory initiatives within this sector.

traditional foods, family health, community health, cultural practices, native economies Colorado, Virginia Link
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Forest Service

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is one of seven research centers that are part of the USDA Forest Service. The PNW Reserach Station is engaged in a variety of climate-change related research activities, including co-partnering with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program on this website.

Northwest Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Climate Change Strategy FWS

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Climate Change Strategy establishes a basic framework within which the Service will work as part of the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
Adaptation Clearinghouse Georgetown Climate Center

The Adaptation Clearinghouse seeks to assist policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.Content in the Adaptation Clearinghouse is focused on the resources that help policymakers at all levels of governments reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance. Resources that fall within these areas receive priority and are the most likely to be published in the Adaptation Clearinghouse.

climate change, adaptation, policy, infrastructure, resiliency, planning, database National Link
Seedlot Selection Tool GIS

The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a GIS mapping program designed to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios.

climate change, conservation, development, adaptation, nursery, vegetation National Link
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) Climate Change Program Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government. GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories. GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

tribe, climate change, treaty, off-reservation Great Lakes Link
Indian Health Service (IHS) Regional Contact List IHS

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Indian Health Service is broken out into 12 physical areas of the United States; Alaska, Albuquerque, Aberdeen, Bemidji, Billings, California, Nashville, Navajo, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson. This webpage has more information on each region, including regional program descriptions and contact information.

public health Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, National, Alaska Link
Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) Inter-Agency

This organization is works to 1) Increase access to existing coastal and ocean data;
2) Package information and data in useful ways to meet the needs of stakeholders; and 3) Increase observing and forecasting capacity in all regions of the state, with a priority on the Arctic and Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska, Arctic Link
US Global Change Research Program Interagency US Federal

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Thirteen federal government Departments and Agencies participate in the USGCRP, which was known as the U.S. Climate Change Science Program from 2002 through 2008. The mission of the USCRP is to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support.

Research, Education National Link
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Inuit Circumpolar Council

Founded in 1977 by the late Eben Hopson of Barrow, Alaska, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) has flourished and grown into a major international non-government organization representing approximately 155,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The US branch of the ICC, ICC-Alaska, is the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)-Alaska is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works on behalf of the Inupiat of the North Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits Regions; St. Lawrence Island Yupik; and the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region in Southwest Alaska.

Inuit, Arctic, Policy, Climate Impacts, NGO Arctic, International, Alaska, Russia, Greenland, Canada Link
Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK) Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK)

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that represents and advocates for the Iñupiat of the Arctic Slope, Northwest, and Bering Straits; St. Lawrence Island (Siberian) Yupik; and Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska. ICC-AK is a member country to the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and represents Inuit from Alaska at this international forum. The ICC is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that represents the interest of approximately 155,000 Inuit of the United States, Canada, Greenland and Russia.

Intertribal Organization, Inuit Peoples, Arctic, Circumpolar, Natural Resource Management, Cultural Resources Management, Climate Impacts International, Alaska, Polar Link
Isle De Jean Charles: Resettlement and Survival Isle de Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe

The overarching vision is to maintain and strengthen the tribe’s safety, collective identity, social stability, and contribution to the region throughout the resettlement process. Traditional ways of life will be rekindled and reinforced with tribal members living in one community rather than scattered, as they are today - some on The Island and others living in surrounding villages and towns. The design and layout of the new community is inspired by the tala, Choctaw for palmetto, because of its symbolic and functional importance in the tribe’s traditional lifeways. A successful resettlement will integrate historical traditions, novel technologies, and state-of-the-art resilience measures to create proactive solutions for this time of change and into the future. These efforts will not only benefit the Isle de Jean Charles community, but will also inform other communities that decide to relocate as the most sensible response to increasing coastal environmental hazards. This effort of utilizing tradition roots, innovation, and teaching and sharing activities will further enhance tribal livelihoods and build upon their resilience and social capacity. The new site will be a self-sustaining, practical, affordable, living demonstration of a community-led resettlement, with residential, agriculture, agroforestry and aquaculture uses.

resettlement, climate change, adaptation, marine ecosystems, infrastructure, tribal lands Coastal Louisiana Link
Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) ITC, Tribal Entity

Established in 1976, the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. The ITC works cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), private industry, and academia to explore issues and identify practical strategies and initiatives to promote social, economic and ecological values while protecting and utilizing forests, soil, water, and wildlife.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Urban Adaptation Assessment Kresge Foundation, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative

The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is an interactive database funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) that collates a rich dataset within a visual platform to give leaders the data they need to make decisions on how best to adapt and prepare. Encompassing data from over 270 cities within the United States, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico, whose populations are above 100,000, the UAA allows you to explore the connection between vulnerabilities to climate disasters, adaptive capacities, and how these are distributed within a city. Our easy-to-use tool gives you metrics to see your city’s risk and readiness in seconds. It also enables you to download extensive datasets, and examine which neighborhoods to focus your efforts. 

adaptation, disaster preparedness, climate change, vulnerability assessment, capacity building National Link
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC is dedicated to addressing the conservation challenges of a heavily agricultural landscape that stretches across the nation’s heartland from southwest Ohio westward across to parts of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and northward into segments of Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Midwest Link
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a partnership of federal, state, nonprofit, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape
capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy East, Southeast, Coastal Link
Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The SRLCC is made up of federal, state, tribal and private agencies or organizations involved in the management of key natural resources such as water, animals and plants. The diverse makeup of the group promotes collaboration among members by developing shared conservation goals. The partnership works together to identify where and how to achieve larger and lasting conservation with a landscape scale impact.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy West, Southwest Link
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a self-directed partnership between federal agencies, states, Tribes/First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other entities to collaboratively define science needs and jointly address broad-scale conservation issues, such as climate change.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Northwest, Coastal, Canada, International, Alaska Link
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The GCPO LCC exists to define, design, and deliver landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources at desired levels now and into the future. To achieve this mission, the Partnership is currently identifying knowledge gaps that hinder conservation of large functioning ecosystems and developing the information most needed to improve natural and cultural resource management

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy South, Southeast, Coastal Link
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ALCC) supports conservation in the arctic by providing applied science and tools to land managers and policy makers. It is a self-directed partnership that functions through a structure of at-large partners, a core staff, and a steering committee of cooperating agencies and organizations. Its geographic scope ranges across North America from Alaska to Labrador.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Alaska, Coastal Link
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC is a partnership of more than 30 agencies and organizations that are working to connect science and natural resources management across this important region. Through a collaborative approach among natural resources agencies and organizations, the LCC is paving the way to effectively respond to and prepare for the social, environmental and economic challenges of this dynamically changing landscape.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Midwest, Great Lakes, International, Canada Link
Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) will consider landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Southeast, Coastal Link
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative promotes coordination, dissemination, and developme​nt of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages, in the face of landscape scale stressors, focusing on climate change. ​

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Alaska, Coastal Link
Landscape Climate Dashboard: Climate Projections for Federally and Tribally Protected Lands of the West LCC

Protected Lands are the cornerstone around which local, regional and landscape conservation strategies are developed. These lands are designated to preserve functioning natural ecosystems and act as refuges for species. Additionally, protected lands provide public access to recreation and preservation of natural historic sites. In the face of a changing climate, how will these lands be impacted?
The Landscape Climate Dashboard allows you to explore future climate projections and soil site sensitivity for federally held protected lands across the California, Pacific Northwest, Great Basin and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) boundaries.

Federal, tribal, land, jurisdiction, climate change, conservation, development, temperature, precipitation National Link
Mapping Climate-Resilient Landscapes: Interactive Conservation Planning Atlas for the Northwest LCC, NGO, The Nature Conservancy, NPLCC

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) teamed up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to share results of a great effort from TNC to identify climate-resilient landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. The project, led by TNC, identified and mapped the most resilient terrestrial sites in the Northwest U.S. that will collectively and individually best sustain native biodiversity, even as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. Now – this data is available on the NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas, a tool that visually showcases data-heavy information on a digital map.

Conservation, Adaptation, Planning, Mapping, GIS Northwest Link
Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC) NAEPC, Tribal Entity

The Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC) is a tribally formed, directed and guided organization that is devoted to strengthening Tribal Sovereignty and building tribal capacity for environmental resources and programs. The mission of NAEPC is to provide technical assistance, environmental education, professional training, information networking and inter-tribal coordination to its member tribes and when possible to non-member tribes. NAEPC offers a digital library of information collected from a variety of sources including national and international on climate change as it applies to indigenous and tribal people, which can be found at: http://www.naepc.com/forum2/index.php

Environmental Protection National Link

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