CCASS and the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program 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, Southwest Climate Science Center, and 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 report is available here; it provides an overview of major points and outcomes from the meeting.
The Summit was attended by 60 participants, including 20 tribal representatives from at least 19 tribes (including 2 tribal councilwomen from the Village of Newtok, Alaska), 10 federal agency representatives, and 20 university representatives and students. Photo courtesy of Renee H. Reynolds, Reneé H. Reynolds as the photographer and the UA/Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership as the sponsor.