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Climatic Change

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 585–599

First Online: 09 April 2013Received: 27 November 2012Accepted: 04 March 2013

Abstract

The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe exemplifies tribal vulnerabilities as a result of climate change. Preliminary socio-economic data and analysis reveal that the tribe’s vulnerability to climate change is related to cultural and economic dependence on Pyramid Lake, while external socio-economic vulnerability factors influence adaptive capacity and amplify potential impacts. Reduced water supplies as a consequence of climate change would result in a compounded reduction of inflows to Pyramid Lake, thus potentially impacting the spawning and sustenance of a cultural livelihood, the endangered cui-ui fish Chasmistes cujus. Meanwhile, limited economic opportunities and dwindling federal support constrain tribal adaptive capacity. Factors that contribute to tribal adaptive capacity include: sustainability-based values, technical capacity for natural resource management, proactive initiatives for the control of invasive-species, strong external scientific networks, and remarkable tribal awareness of climate change.

This article is part of a Special Issue on -Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences, and Actions- edited by Julie Koppel Maldonado, Rajul E. Pandya, and Benedict J. Colombi.

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Author: Mahesh R. Gautam - Karletta Chief - William J. SmithJr.

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