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CNNCTS Kick-Off Meeting Held at Pala

In November, San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance gathered with partners to kick off the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS). Special thank you to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for hosting the meeting!


CNNCTS Partners smile together outside on a sunny day

On November 2-3, 2023, project leads from San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance and partners from across southern California gathered together for the launch of the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS). The two-day meeting focused on relationship building, discussions of how best to work together, and project work plan development.


The CNNCTS logo

San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance co-lead CNNCTS with the guidance of the Tribal Working Group and involvement of our partners. The CNNCTS network includes five universities and colleges, four Tribal governments, six Tribal-serving non-profit organizations, and three federal agencies.


CNNCTS represents a paradigm shift in how climate action is visioned, led, and implemented. By taking a community-based approach that leverages local networks and past project success in southern California, the CNNCTS network supports coastal resilience, cultural and prescribed fire, climate-informed restoration, and land rematriation efforts that center community priorities and relationships with the land. The pathways we have established and are expanding through the CNNCTS network build capacity and support Tribal communities as well as students and researchers at CSU, UC, and community colleges.



CNNCTS Foundational Partner, Megan Jennings, presents an initial vision for the project to a room full of partners

On day 1, partners focused on getting to know each other and understanding the broad vision of CNNCTS. The day began with a welcome, blessing, and song followed by introductions and overview of the vast array of activities under the CNNCTS umbrella. After sharing a meal, the day continued with presentations and discussions around the logistics of the project and discussion around our intentions for how best to work together.


Day 2 began with breakfast and a blessing from a Pala Elder and Knowledge Holder, followed by more in-depth discussions on our shared vision and breakout groups to shape work plans for specific project areas.


CNNCTS Partners sit in a small breakout group for developing project area work plan

The day continued with a visit to the restoration gardens and greenhouse at Pala as a demonstration of a project within CNNCTS. Thanks to the Pala Environmental Department team for getting us outside. The kick-off meeting concluded with another shared meal and conversation around next steps.



Special thank you to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for hosting the meeting!


Learn more about the Collaborative for Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) at cnncts.org.


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