Resilient Restoration

Advancing Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California

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Promote Tribal Resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and species that are integral to Tribal communities, through the following components:




Engaging our Tribal partners to lead the work with researchers and stakeholders, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge, across the region to advance understanding of climate change impacts to plant communities and strategies to conserve and protect these resources.


Climate Science

Assessing/monitoring the vulnerability of plant communities, Native foods and medicines to climate change impacts to inform restoration actions and ensure Tribal access to plant communities for health, wellness, and Tribal practices.


Planning, Integration, Implementation

Providing support to Native-led pilot projects to test strategies on Tribal lands and build capacity within Tribal communities.


Economic Opportunities

Identifying opportunities to advance self-sustaining Intertribal projects for conservation, restoration, storage, and/or propagation of plants.


Outreach & Delivery

Providing a suite of products, applications, and tools to help create an integrated approach to advance and inform individual and Intertribal projects and actions.

Tribal Working Group

Project and research components stem from the priorities identified by the Tribal Working Group, providing a platform for the Tribal Working Group to engage in meaningful research, build on ideas initiated by the members, initiate pilot projects, and work collaboratively with researchers to integrate Tribal and western knowledge and skill sets.

The Tribal Working Group provides leadership and guidance to determine the priorities, vision, goals, and deliverables of this project, including:

Informing & determining research priorities, scope, and objectives

Development & implementation of Intertribal projects to test strategies

Integration of research findings into current and future group projects

Collaboration with partners & Tribes as a regional model for adaptation and restoration

Prioritization & implementation of research products, tools, and resources developed in long-term Tribal Working Group efforts

Research Components

This project includes collaborative research efforts with project partners at the University of California Riverside and San Diego State University. Coordinating with project partners, the proposed research will combine traditional ecological and cultural knowledge, with state-of-the-art methods and modeling approaches.

Key elements include:

Characterizing changes in habitat suitability of species

Evaluating potential impacts and threats to plant communities

Informing and exploring management scenarios, adaptation strategies, and restoration actions

Establishing research tools and resources to support long-term Tribal Working Group efforts

Developing a model for climate adaptation planning and cultural and ecological resilience

Sponsors and Partners

Resilient Restoration is a three-year project funded by the California Strategic Growth Council as part of the California Climate Change Research program.

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The Climate Science Alliance Team acknowledges the Indigenous peoples on whose traditional territory we work. We honor the continued presence and resilience of Indigenous communities and nations today, and thank those we work with for your friendship and your good will in our efforts to collaborate.


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