Training

Norton Sound Communities Climate Adaptation Training (NSCCAT)

Introduction

With the observable rise in ocean levels, increased storm intensity, reduced winter ice cover, and continued rising of global temperatures, which will encourage sea levels to rise further, it is imperative that Norton Sound communities prepare to address the risks for each individual village.   As a result of climate change, Alaska Native communities are confronted by coastal erosion, flooding and related impacts to infrastructure, drinking water, food security, and human health.

There is no fee for these trainings.

 

Sponsored by:

Native Village of Elim

Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council

In addition, increased stream temperatures, altered ice conditions, and increased stream bank erosion threaten to directly impact fishery and wildlife habitat and make traditional travel routes hazardous. Finally, reduced water quality with more sedimentation, toxic effluents and other impacts from industrial and other development can exacerbate the effects of climate change on subsistence resources and human health.

 

The Adaptation Planning Process

In order to assist communities in the Norton Sound region to address the impacts from climate change, the Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (NBITWC) and the Native Village of Elim (NVE), with grant funding support from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will be presenting a curriculum for climate risk assessment and adaptation planning. The one-year curriculum offered from July 2016 through May 2017 will inform and guide Alaskan Native tribal and community leaders and staff to develop Localized Climate Change Adaptation Plans (LCCAPs) through the process of assessing local climate risks; developing strategies to address those risks; and beginning to build the information, funding and resource capacity to take action for climate adaptation and community resilience.

Participants in the curriculum will gain a clear understanding of the impacts from climate change in Alaska, how that translates to locally specific climate risks, the range of adaptation options to address risks, and actions communities can take. Using a step by step process, participants will have the information and tools needed to write a local adaptation plan and be ready to move into taking action in a variety of ways that make sense for their community.

Although, the focus of the curriculum in 2016-2017 will be on the tribal villages in the Norton Sound region, the curriculum will be open to and applicable to a wide variety of tribes and villages across Alaska.

The following is an overview of the curriculum learning modules, schedule and description of the content for Module 1, which begins on July 27, 2016. It also outlines the methods of delivery, and costs for participants not covered by available funding:

 

The Training Team

Unless otherwise indicated, Hal Shepherd, the Principal for Water Policy Consulting, LLC, and representatives from the Model Forest Policy Program’s Climate Solutions University Team  (MFPP), will be the lead presenters for the trainings. Guest experts may also be involved for selected modules throughout the year.

Water Policy Consulting, LLC assists Alaska Native Communities in the areas of water resources research, data collection and monitoring; conducting watershed assessments and management plans; securing funding for water resource management and protection; climate adaptation and resiliency planning; and consultation on tribal sovereignty, arctic policy, human rights and water resource management.

The representatives from the Model Forest Policy Program are team members who have been involved in the delivery of the Climate Solutions University program (CSU) for a number of years. The CSU program has provided training and facilitated climate adaptation planning with a total of 33 communities across the U.S.  The Native Village of Elim and the Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council participated in the CSU program in 2013 and developed an adaptation plan for the Norton Bay area. The findings and recommendations of that plan will be drawn upon and expanded for this adaptation training and be applied to adaptation planning for the larger Norton Sound region and beyond.   

 

Course Delivery Method

The curriculum will be delivered with a combination of monthly educational webinars, face-to-face meetings in Nome, AK, and interactive conference calls. Each learning module will include a variety of instructional methods, including presentations, case studies, discussions and interactive planning activities. For those communities fully engaged who intend to complete an adaptation plan by Spring 2017, a series of tools and resources will be provided including planning worksheets, checklists, analytical matrices, and an adaptation plan template that can be filled in step-by-step as we progress through the curriculum. The end product of the 12 month curriculum will be a completed adaptation plan that identifies the local, specific risks to address for each community and outlines adaptation strategies for future action locally and regionally.

 

Schedule and Curriculum Outline:

Each webinar training session will, generally, take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month, with the exception of November and December 2016 to allow for holiday schedules. A live webinar presentation and interactive dialogue will take place on the monthly webinar day throughout the curriculum year. In some cases, educational content may include pre-recorded presentations to be viewed prior to the live webinar. This will allow more live webinar time to be used for interactive discussions and less on lecture time.  Each webinar will be accompanied by a set of instructions and questions to answer that guide the assessment and planning process.

The following briefly outlines the curriculum topics and schedule. Sessions that will include a face to face meeting in Nome, AK are indicated with a F2F in the right column. The basic educational webinar will be provided online for every module. Those who attend the face-to-face sessions will receive additional bonus presentations, hear guest speakers, receive one-on-one coaching, and be able to engage in collaboration with the other participants in the room. Additional details for each training session are outlined below. A Google Calendar can be shared with participants that includes all curriculum activities.

 

Norton Sound Communities Climate Adaptation Training (NSCCAT) 2016-17

Training# Topics Webinar Date Location  
1 Introduction:
Regional Climate Overview, Norton Bay Climate Adaptation Plan Findings and Recommendations
Jul 26 Web only Recording
Slides
2 Norton Sound Communities Climate Adaptation Training:
Agile Planning, Curriculum, Schedule, Tools, and Resources
Aug 23 Web only Recording
Slides
3 Risk Assessment:
Gather Information;  Identify Climate Risks and Other Stressors for Norton Sound Region
Sep 27 F2F #1 Recording Slides
4 & 5
combined
Adaptation Solutions:
Review Adaptation Strategies; Identify Potential Solutions
Traditional Ecological Knowledge:
Identify and Integrate Locally Specific Risks and Adaptation Solutions
Nov 15 Web only Recording
Slides
6 Analysis of Risks and Solutions:
Review and Prioritize Climate Risks, Existing Stressors, & Adaptation Solutions
Dec 13* Web only Recording
Slides
7 Hazard Mitigation Planning:
Integrating Climate Risks and Solutions; FEMA Grant Readiness
Jan 24 F2F #3 Recording
Slides
8 Action Planning:
Translating Risks and Solutions into an Actionable Plan
Feb 28 Web Only Recording
Slides
9 Fundraising for Adaptation:
Funding Sources, Tools, and Collaborations
Mar 28 Web Only Recording
Slides
10 Implementing the Plan:
Outreach, Communications and Adaptation Projects
Apr 25 Web Only Recording
Slides
11 Community Presentations:
Norton Sound Village Risk Findings and Adaptation Solutions
May 23 F2F #4 Recording
Slides

 * Date is not 4th Tuesday to accommodate holiday schedules

 

Norton Sound Communities Climate Adaptation Training (NSCCAT)

TRAINING DESCRIPTIONS

 

Training 11

TRAINING #11 - May 23, 2017
Community Presentations: Norton Sound Village Risk Findings and Adaptation Solutions

TIME: 9:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
DELIVERY: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

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Training Objectives:

  • Review findings and recommendations from Norton Sound Village climate adaptation plans
  • Identify common goals and synergies for regional collaborations
  • Review planning process for successes and lessons learned

Training Topics:

  • Recap of planning curriculum and process
  • Village Presentations - Adaptation Plan Findings and Recommendations
  • Roundtable Discussion:
    • Common Risks and Goals
    • Potential Regional Collaborations for Funding and Action Steps
    • Moving into Plan Implementation

Training 1

Introduction: Regional Climate Overview, Norton Bay Climate Adaptation Plan Findings and Recommendations

Date and Time:         July 26, 2016  10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time

Delivery:                    Online Live Webinar

View the Recording of this training.

 

Training 2

 

TRAINING #2 - August 23, 2016

Orientation: Norton Sound Communities Climate Adaptation

Training:  Agile Planning, Curriculum, Schedule, Tools, and Resources

Slides of this training

 

 

Training 3

TRAINING #3 - September 27th / Face-to-Face Meeting #1
Assessment: Gather Information, Baseline Conditions, Identify Climate Risks and Other Stressors for Norton Sound Region

TIME: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm AK Time
LOCATION: Nome, Alaska (Face-to-Face Meeting #1)
 

 

 

Training 4 & 5

TRAINING #4 - Tuesday Nov 15, 2016
Adaptation Solutions and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

TIME: 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
LOCATION: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

Follow-up to NSCCAT Risk Assessment Face to Face Workshop of September 27, 2016

This webinar combines the topics of identifying adaptation solutions and applying the wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to assess climate risks and potential adaptation solutions. The session will be a combination of presentation and interactive discussion. Please attend by both internet and phone line, if possible, to allow easy participation in the interactive discussion portions. Sharing your TEK wisdom is an important part of this session.

Training Objectives:

  • Understand range of potential adaptation solutions for priority risks in Alaska region
  • Identify potential climate solutions to match local village risks and adaptation opportunities
  • Apply the local wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to understand climate risks and identify potential solutions for local villages of Alaska

Topic Outline:

  • Summary of priority climate risks for Alaska region
  • Review of Alaska regional adaptation strategies and examples
  • Using the wisdom and power of TEK
  • Informing natural resource and subsistence solutions with TEK wisdom (interactive)
  • Summary of public policy gaps and solutions to promote climate resilience
  • Informing policy and infrastructure related solutions with TEK wisdom (interactive)
  • Methods to identify adaptation solutions at local village level
  • Preparing for next step to compile and analyze climate risks and solutions

The revised one page curriculum schedule is above and indicates the new schedule. All remaining dates in the schedule for December 2016 through May 2017 will stay the same. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with making these changes. We believe they will provide a more effective climate planning process that avoids duplication and makes efficient use of your time. Please read on below for additional post workshop details about the reason for making these changes.

 

 

Training 6

TRAINING #6 - Tuesday Dec 13, 2016
Analysis of Risks and Solutions: Review and Prioritize Climate Risks, Existing Stressors, and Adaptation Solution

TIME: 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
LOCATION: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

Training Objectives:

  • Analyze and prioritize risks and impacts identified at local and regional scale
  • Analyze and prioritize potential solutions for key risks at local and regional scale

Topic Outline:

  • Integration of conventional data and TEK to analyze climate risks and solutions
  • Process to prioritize climate risks and impacts
  • Process to prioritize potential climate solutions
  • Using SWOT findings and local knowledge to deepen analysis of risks and solutions
  • Create list of prioritized risks and range of potential solutions for each one
  • Preparing to use analysis findings for action planning

 

 

Training 7

TRAINING #7 - Tuesday Jan 24, 2017
Hazard Mitigation Planning: Integrating Climate Risks and Solutions; FEMA Grant Readiness

TIME: 8:00 am to 12: 30 pm AK Time
LOCATION: Face to Face Meeting #3, Nome, AK Webinar Recording Available by January 31
There is no fee for this training
Training #7 AGENDA
Training #7 Worksheet
Training #7 Slides - Integrating Climate and Hazard Mitigation Planning
Training #7 Slides - Planning Process, Law and Sovereignty
Training #7 Slides - Division Homeland & Emergency Management Mitigation Programs
 

Training Objectives:

  • Understand hazard mitigation planning (HMP) process
  • Be ready to incorporate climate risks and solutions into new or updated HMP
  • Apply climate and HMP process at village level
  • Able to become FEMA grant eligible with approved HMP in place
  • Understand funding potential for solutions based on HMP readiness

Topic Outline:

  • Introduction to public policy for hazard mitigation planning
  • Review model examples of HMPs with climate integration
  • Outline step by step process for updating HMP
  • Determine the planning area and resources
  • Building a planning team
  • Conducting a risk assessment with climate elements
  • Developing a mitigation strategy
  • Integrating adaptation plans with hazard mitigation plans
  • Funding opportunities from qualified HMP in place
 

This will be the third face to face training session in Nome, AK, Travel and lodging will be provided with BIA grant funding for Alaska Native Village members located in Norton Sound Region. If you are planning to attend the January Face-to-Face contact the Climate Adaption Project using the information provided below. We will maintain a list of those wishing to attend the January meeting and will forward the registration information for Training #7.

 

Training 8

TRAINING #8 - Feb 28, 2017
Action Planning: Translating Risks and Solutions into an Actionable Plan

TIME: 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
DELIVERY: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

Training Objectives:

  • Understand action planning process and structure
  • Understand strategic planning with effective goals, objectives, and outcomes
  • Understand how to draft effective activities, timelines, and responsible parties
  • Develop action plan framework for short, medium and long term goals
  • Complete a clear and specific action plan that addresses priority risks and solutions

Training Topics:

  • Action planning framework and process
  • Using teamwork and stakeholder input for action planning process
  • Using logic model to outline goals, objectives and outcomes
  • Setting short, medium and long term goals and outcomes
  • Using group input to outline specific activities, tasks, timelines and responsible parties
  • Incorporating monitoring and evaluation into action plan
  • Creating a plan that is easy to integrate into existing plans, policies and practices
  • Community outreach for action plan feedback and support.

 

Training 9

TRAINING #9 - Mar 28, 2017
Action Planning: Fundraising for Adaptation: Funding Sources, Tools and Collaborations

TIME: 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
DELIVERY: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

Recording

Training Objectives:

  • Understand the range of funding opportunities for climate resilience
  • Be familiar with key funders and funding sources
  • Review resources to build capacity for grant writing and other funding methods
  • Understand process to collaborate for fundraising
  • Be able to seek funding to address locally specific risks and solutions

Training Topics:

  • Identifying and describing funding needs
  • Range of funding sources by need, category, or funding source
  • Adaptation finance and funding options
  • Preparing a list and calendar of potential funding sources
  • Funding and resources for implementation
  • Review of potential funding for emergency preparedness, pre-disaster mitigation, and post disaster recovery
  • Review potential funding for tribal health and economic development
  • Incorporating fundraising into climate adaptation plan

 

Training 10

TRAINING #10 - Apr 25, 2017
Implementing the Plan: Outreach, Communications, and Adaptation Projects

TIME: 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm AK Time
DELIVERY: Online Live Webinar
There is no fee for this training
 

Training Objectives:

  • Able to make an effective transition from planning to taking action
  • Ready to develop an implementation strategy and process
  • Creation of a short-term action workplan that is funding friendly and project ready
  • Ready to conduct outreach with effective climate communications for decision makers, stakeholders, volunteers and funders

Training Topics:

  • Implementation strategy with teamwork, communications, and action steps
  • Tribal adoption of adaptation plan
  • Climate communication strategies for decision makers and stakeholders
  • Building regional collaborations to address common goals
  • Collaborating with tribal, state, and federal agencies or NGOs for action steps
  • Integrating adaptation plan into existing plans, policies, and practices
  • Developing adaptation ready on the ground projects

Or contact: Frederic Daniels, Native Village of Elim Climate Coordinator
Tel # (907) 890-3737 /  Fax: (907)890-3738
E-mail: fredericdaniels@yahoo.com
Mail to: P.O. Box 70/ Elim, AK 99379