Native communities are on the front lines of climate change, experiencing extreme weather, rising sea levels, extended drought, warming temperatures, and melting permafrost. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report demonstrates that climate change affects Indigenous peoples more severely and earlier than other populations. Many Native communities are located in remote and coastal locations, which increases their vulnerability to flooding and wildfire. Furthermore, subsistence and cultural practices rely on healthy ecosystems that are stewarded by Native peoples.
To support climate action that addresses adaptation and disaster preparation, this Climate initiative project supports Tribes and Native organizations in Advancing Tribal Native-Based Solutions through Native knowledge.
With funding support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and First Nations’ Tribal Lands Conservation Fund, First Nations is providing grants and technical assistance to Tribes and Native organizations working toward climate adaptation and disaster preparation using nature-based solutions based on Native Knowledge. Nature-based solutions rely on animals, plants, and the environment to protect and restore ecosystems and support human well-being and local biodiversity.
Strategies rooted in Native knowledge and nature-based solutions demonstrate innovative ways to address human-caused climate change on ecological, economic, cultural, and social systems. Examples include:
- Clam bed restoration and expansion to address flooding and beach erosion
- Reintroduction of ecocultural plants to prevent erosion
- Beaver restoration to promote water retention and carbon sequestration
- Cultural burning to sustain biodiversity
- Grass farming to address desertification
A competitive RFP will launch on March 4, 2024. Six grants of $200,000 over 22 months will be awarded to support Native community-based projects that build adaptive capacity and disaster preparation through the application of Native knowledge and nature-based solutions. A Q&A application webinar will be hosted on March 20, 2024 – Webinar registration is now open.