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A Climate Change Adaptation Plan in response to sea-level rise for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana


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2017-08-25 19:52:35
Start Date
Start Date
2014-01-01 06:00:00
End Date
2017-12-31 19:26:32


LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Kimberly S. Walden, M.Ed.(Co-Investigator), Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Kathryn A Spear(Principal Investigator), 2017-08-25(lastUpdate), 2014(Start), A Climate Change Adaptation Plan in response to sea-level rise for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana,


This project will use existing climate change scenarios and sea-level rise projections to create a Climate Change Adaptation Plan in collaboration with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. This Plan can be used as a model for climate adaptation in other small communities, in addition to engaging the Chitimacha through educational opportunities for children and adults, including an internship at the university- or professional-level; by providing data transfer of historic aerial photography, land loss maps, and other geospatial tools and assistance; and by facilitating Chitimacha attendance at Traditional Ecological Knowledge workshops at Oklahoma University and the South Central Climate Science Center.

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This project will create a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana (Chitimacha), serving as an implementable plan for coastal community adaptation to climate change that can be used as a model in other small communities. Situated in the Gulf Coastal Prairie Conservation Region of the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCP LCC), the Chitimacha is one of four federally recognized tribes in Louisiana with a population of approximately 1,300 people. Directly adjacent to Bayou Teche and less than one half mile from the Atchafalaya Basin Spillway Levee, the tribal seat, reservation, trust lands, and adjacent tribal lands are located in Charenton, Louisiana, totaling 1,200 acres. The Chitimacha indigenous lands cover 23 parishes, including a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico coast in the state of Louisiana. Each of the 23 parishes contains at least one sacred site (e.g., burial mounds) that has been catalogued by the Chitimacha Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of Archaeology.

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sourceU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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  • Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal

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