Climate Adaptation Facilitation and Planning

Location: Washington


Cascadia is working with the Yakama Nation in Eastern Washington to engage Tribal staff and members in a new climate change adaptation planning effort. With climate change expected to impact an overwhelmingly broad range of systems and resources that are culturally and economically important to them—including water, fisheries, wetlands, forests, and wildlife—the Yakama Nation wanted external help to understand its vulnerabilities and weigh the pros and cons of various adaptation strategies. Cascadia is facilitating nine stakeholder workshops that lead participants through a process to prioritize adaptation measures and identify key uncertainties and information gaps. Building on the lessons learned in the workshops, we are supporting the Tribe in developing a preliminary assessment report on potential climate change impacts on the cultural elements and natural resources important to the Yakama Nation.

Working with Cascadia was excellent from the very beginning to the very end. They kept up with what was going on, they communicated with me when there were problems, and they proposed solutions. Wrapping up the project—I couldn’t believe it. The report was on target.”

Laurel Andrews
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