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Out of Town, Not Out of Trouble: Small Agriculture and Indigenous Communities
November 20, 2014 1PM EST/10AM PST • National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series
Overview
This is a two-part webinar to raise awareness on climate issues and solutions for small agriculture and Indigenous communities.
Becoming Unconventional:  Small Agriculture Adaptation Issues: John Wiener, Ph.D., Research Associate, Program on... [show full overview]
This is a two-part webinar to raise awareness on climate issues and solutions for small agriculture and Indigenous communities.

Becoming Unconventional:  Small Agriculture Adaptation Issues: John Wiener, Ph.D., Research Associate, Program on Environment and Society, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
This presentation will be a fast overview of major issues and a suggested starting framework for considering collaborations.  Small agriculture is a fuzzy category and an unorganized sector with limited access to technical information; that is itself an issue and opportunity.  Small and medium sized farms and ranches own more than half of US agricultural assets and farmland, but net less ten percent of farm income. Becoming “unconventional” is a gimmick name, because “conventional agriculture” refers to the ever-more input-intensive mechanized monocultural agriculture and associated concentrated animal feeding operations which are distinguished from “alternative” agriculture.  For small and medium business operations, the struggle for viability has largely been an effort to follow conventional agriculture. But, conventional agriculture is apparently unsustainable.  The bright spot of local preference, direct sales, organics and alternatives will be noted and then some of the issues in transition toward more sustainable farming systems.  Partnerships with urban consumers and beneficiaries of positive externalities are badly needed!
 
Moving Adaptation Forward: Diverse Knowledges and Partnerships, Creating Opportunities for Capacity Building and Adaptation Solutions: Julie Maldonado, Ph.D. Lead Author, U.S. National Climate Assessment; Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, American University
Indigenous communities across the U.S. are experiencing a multitude of climate change effects and challenges, resulting in physical, social, cultural, health, and ecological consequences. Indigenous and non-indigenous leaders, scientists, practitioners, researchers, and students are taking action, bringing together diverse knowledges and establishing partnerships to build capacity and create adaptation solutions to address these impacts. This talk will provide an overview of recent and current work and opportunities for engagement on Indigenous-related climate challenges and solutions. I will highlight the U.S. National Climate Assessment’s engagement with Indigenous communities and the key messages from the Indigenous Peoples, Land, and Resources Chapter, including climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for continued engagement; discuss the Rising Voices movement as a model for the type of actions and partnership building that is currently taking place, as well as other related models and networks; and provide examples of how tribal communities in coastal Louisiana are working through these and other channels to build capacity and adaptation solutions to the climate and other environmental changes they are currently experiencing. 

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Agenda & Speakers
Webinar Recording
National Adaptation Forum Webinar: Out of Town, Not Out of Trouble: Small Agriculture and Indigenous Communities from CAKE on Vimeo.
 
 
Agenda  
  • 1:00-1:05 PM EST/ 10:00-10:05 AM PST Welcome
  • 1:05-1:25 PM EST/10:05-10:25 AM PST Becoming Unconventional:  Small Agriculture Adaptation Issues, John Wiener, Ph.D., Research Associate, Program on Environment and Society, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
  •  1:25-1:45 PM EST/ 10:25-10:45 AM PST Moving Adaptation Forward: Diverse Knowledges and Partnerships, Creating Opportunities for Capacity Building and Adaptation Solutions, Julie Maldonado, Ph.D.  Lead Author, U.S. National Climate Assessment; Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, American University
  •  1:45-2:00 PM EST/10:45-11:00 AM PST  Open discussion and questions for presenters.
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    Speakers

    John Wiener hopes to assist transition in agricultural water and land management in the Western U.S. by attempting to link relevant areas of research.  His work in this project began with studies of potential uses of climate information in water management at different scales in the West, and water law and institutions.  His background is in Geography, (Ph.D. 1990, Colorado) and Law (N.Y.U. 1977), and work on Native Americans, property rights and resource governance, and natural hazards.  The website http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/eb/wiener/ has various presentations and other materials posted.  He is particularly interested in collaborations which would conserve inherent agricultural productivity and support transitions for small farming viability and ecosystem and social benefits, linking urban capacities with urban interests in rural and peri-urban environments.

    Julie Koppel Maldonado obtained her doctorate in Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C. in August 2014. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of environmental change and displacement in tribal communities in coastal Louisiana. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Global Gender and Climate Alliance, and the World Bank. Julie worked for the U.S. National Climate Assessment for the past four years, was a lead author on the National Climate Assessment's Indigenous Peoples Chapter, and co-organized Rising Voices II: Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability - Bringing Together Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to Create Positive Solutions. She was also the editor and organizer for the Special Issue of Climatic Change and book, "Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions."