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  • This Guidebook follows a holistic approach to adaptation planning called community-driven climate resilience planning. Community-driven climate resilience planning is “the process by which residents of vulnerable and impacted communities define for themselves the complex climate challenges they face, and the climate solutions most relevant to their unique assets and threats.” There is a range of terminology applied to this type of planning. In this Guidebook, the term adaptation planning is used while recognizing that tribes can identify and employ terms that resonate most for them. Broadly, this Guidebook begins by drawing on the tribe’s unique vision, context, and culture to arrive at a set of tribal priorities. The tribe then assesses the vulnerability of these priorities and develops appropriate solutions. Finally, the framework provides strategies to build capacity and implement solutions. Step 1 offers guidance to Center the Tribe’s Adaptation Effort in the tribe’s vision and priorities. Also covered in Step 1 is guidance on engaging tribal leadership and community members and ways the tribe may consider incorporating TKs in climate change adaptation planning. The next four steps constitute the climate adaptation planning process: Identify Concerns and Gather Information (Step 2), Assess Vulnerability (Step 3), Plan for Action (Step 4), and Implement and Monitor Actions (Step 5). Each step is connected to and emanates from the tribe’s vision and priorities and considers multiple knowledges and perspectives (Figure 2). Note: These steps are iterative and cyclical and may need to be revisited periodically through the adaptation planning process.
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  • Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook Writing Team (Meghan Dalton, Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, and Alexander “Sascha” Petersen). Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, 2018.
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  • Introduction. Climate change impacts & Indigenous communities -- Traditional knowledges in climate change initiatives -- Tribal leadership in adaptation & resilience -- Why develop a Tribally focused guidebook? -- How to use the guidebook -- Center the Tribe's adaptation effort. Select climate change planning approach -- Assemble the climate change planning team -- Develop a vision, goals, and objectives -- Consider opportunities & risks of incorporating traditional knowledges -- Gain Tribal leadership support -- Tribal community engagement -- Pursue funding -- Engage external partners -- Identify concerns and gather information. Gathering and application of relevant traditional knowledges -- Identify & organize key concerns -- Document observed changes from multiple perspectives -- Collect regional and local climate change projections -- Assess vulnerability. Select vulnerability assessment approach -- Vulnerability assessment approach case studies -- Determine relative climate change vulnerability -- Select priority planning areas -- Plan for action. Set adaptation goals -- Identify adaptation actions -- Evaluate & prioritize actions -- Implementation plans -- Sharing the story of the Tribe's adaptation work -- Implement & monitor actions. Take action -- Monitor & evaluate actions -- Compile everything -- Continue building resilience -- Bibliography -- Glossary -- Acronyms -- appendix A. Resources & organizations supporting Tribes -- appendix B. Summary of checklists & checkpoints
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