Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook


Tribes across North America are leading the way on climate change adaptation. The Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook highlights exemplary Tribal efforts in a comprehensive climate adaptation framework that recognizes the distinct circumstances of Tribal governments, cultures, and knowledge systems.

The Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

“I don’t believe in magic. I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They’re measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same. That’s what I believe in.”

Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually Tribe

traditional knowledges

The Guidebook includes considerations for integrating and protecting Traditional Knowledges throughout the adaptation planning process relying on the Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges (TKs) in Climate Change Initiatives


The Guidebook integrates external resources throughout the climate adaptation planning framework that provide greater context and additional guidance on particular aspects of the adaptation planning process.

tribal Examples

The Guidebook highlights examples from Tribal climate initiatives across the United States that relate to and illustrate a particular activity within the climate adaptation planning framework.