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 Post subject: Climate Adaptation Planning Course Apps due May 4, 2018
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:36 pm 
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Dear Tribal Environmental/Natural Resource Professional,

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is excited to be collaborating with Copper River Native Association on an Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning course. This course provides an overview to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. The course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts and planning in a specific region, we especially encourage people from that region to attend.

Topics include:
• Climate change in the Alaska region
• Process of developing climate change adaptation plans
• Climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies
• Tools and resources for the planning process

This course employs a variety of instructional methods such as presentations including tribal case studies, and large- and small-group discussions and activities. Participants will complete a pre-course assignment prior to attending. There are no pre-requisites. However, we expect participants to have a basic understanding of climate change and its impacts. ITEP can recommend background material to review upon request.

This course employs a variety of instructional methods such as presentations including tribal case studies, large- and small-group discussions, activities, and a ½-day field trip. Participants will complete a pre-course assignment prior to attending.

Please see the course description, attendee expectations, travel and cancellation policy, application form, and release form, and review all of the information carefully.

If you are interested in applying for this course, please fill out the online application form at
*If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact us for a form to be sent to you which you must sign and return as an attachment (PDF format preferred) by email to or by fax to ITEP at 928-523-1266 to the attention of Colleen Davis.

Space is limited, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as possible. ITEP is able to pay for lodging costs and reimbursing per diem for a limited number of federal recognized tribal participants (unfortunately we cannot pay for provide reimbursements for federal or non-tribal organization representatives). All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, taxis, shuttle service, mileage, etc. If you need assistance, please let us know ASAP).
Applications received by Friday, May 04, 2018, will have priority consideration.

Provide input now:
We would appreciate your input now, since we are in the course planning process and want to shape the course to meet tribal needs. Your answers to the following questions would be helpful and can be sent to

Climate Change resources:
Do you want some basic information about climate change, its impacts, and adaptation?
1) What are your tribe’s concerns regarding climate change and its impacts?
2) What are the biggest barriers and challenges for your tribe in moving forward with addressing climate change and planning for its impacts?
3) Any suggestions you have for the training.

Here are a few places to get started:
· National Climate Assessment: (information about climate change, its impacts on sectors and regions, and response strategies)
· EPA Glossary of Climate Change terms:
· US Climate Resilience Toolkit:
· Tribes & Climate Change website:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
ITEP Tribal Climate Change Team

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