Joint Panel Disscussion 2 Local Voices: Louisiana Bayou Tribes Discuss Living with Climate Challenges

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 333-334 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the 11th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice; and the Special Symposium on Hurricane Katrina: Progress in Leveraging Science, Enhancing Response and Improving Resilience )
Heather Lazrus, NCAR, Boulder, CO and Randy A. Peppler, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, CIMMS/University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Chief Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, Isle de Jean Charles, LA; Theresa Dardar, Member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, Pointe-au-Chien, LA; Rosina Philippe, Member of the Grand Bayou Village Indian Tribe, Grand Bayou, LA; Kristina Peterson, Facilitator for the Lowlander Center, Gray, LA; Julie Maldonado, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA and Bob Gough, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Rosebud, SD

Louisiana Bayou tribal communities face critical challenges from shifting climate, extreme weather, hydrologic processes, and man-made environmental disaster. As a result, sea levels rise, storms surge, and coastlines shift. Community members are observing and experiencing changes that affect livelihoods, cultural practices, locally-produced environmental knowledges, and plans for their communitiesí futures. This panel brings participatory researchers and thought leaders from the Isle de Jean Charles Tribe and Pointe au Chien Tribe of the lower Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, Louisiana into conversation about weather and climate impacts and responses. Panelists will draw from their experience to address questions about integrating scientific and local knowledge, community resilience, and adaptation in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and other events forever changed the bayou and coastlines.

1:30 PM
Local Voices: Louisiana Bayou Tribes Discuss Living with Climate Challenges
Randy A. Peppler, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and H. Lazrus
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