30 x 30 Initiative
“Tribal Nations are key to the success of the 30×30 policy initiative in the U.S. as they are intrinsically linked, presently and historically, to existing and prospective protected areas. Tribal Nations are the original stewards of these lands and waters and have been the most effective managers and protectors of biodiversity since time immemorial….The 30×30 policy serves as a vitally important opportunity to safeguard the environment, Tribal cultural values, strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship, and uphold Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.”
—Letter from Tribal Leaders and Tribal organization leaders
WHAT: An initiative to conserve at least 30 percent of the land and ocean of the United States by 2030. Scientists say is the minimum step needed to pull us back from the tipping point that nature and our climate has reached. Supported by Representative Haaland and Senator Udall in the 116th congress as Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature S.RES.372 Text – S.Res.372 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Federal Government should establish a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and ocean of the United States by 2030. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
TRIBAL IMPACTS: Representative Haaland led a Tribal Leader Forum on 30×30 Policy. A Tribal Leader statement identified Tribal key priorities for 30×30 ( (letter). “The 30×30 policy serves as a vitally important opportunity to safeguard the environment, Tribal cultural values, strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship, and uphold Tribal sovereignty and self-determination. We have identified key priorities related to (1) Sovereignty, (2) Consultation, (3) Representation, (4) Resources, and (5) Evaluation that can strengthen the government-to-government collaboration we must undertake to safeguard the environment.”
NAFWS: NAFWS was included in Representative Haaland’s 30×30 Tribal Leader’s Forum in September 2020. NAFWS will provide education on 30×30 policy and impacts to Tribes in 2021.
A preliminary report to the National Climate Task Force recommending a 10-year, locally led campaign to conserve and restore the lands and waters upon which we all depend, and that binds us together as Americans.