Adapt Alaska: Collaborative Approaches To Addressing Climate Adaptation Planning

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM AKST
Davin Holen, Coastal Community Resilience Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant

Adapt Alaska is a website developed by a collaborative to create a space for discussion between communities, tribes, agencies, and nonprofits to enable communities to successfully adapt to rapidly changing landscape, ocean, and climate conditions across Alaska. The collaborative emerged out of coastal resilience and adaptation workshop in the Bering Sea Region and Southeast Alaska where over 300 decision makers from 52 Tribes and 16 State and Federal agencies, as well as University researchers and nonprofits, met to discuss the greatest challenges facing communities related to a changing climate. One of the key items identified by participants was a website that would be beneficial in providing communities a synthesis of some of the greatest challenges related to climate change in specific to Alaska, and then provide links to data and tools useful for monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation planning.  

The website was released in an initial version 1.0 in November 2017.  Planning is underway for version 2.0, which will provide first person stories about successful adaptation strategies used by communities across Alaska, enabling Alaskans to share their stories of success.  The site will also gain the ability to host documents and data, instead of only linking to documents and data on other websites, and a calendar and quarterly newsletter will be added.  Version 3.0 in the planning stages will have a tool for community adaptation planning.  Adaptation plans are underway in several communities in Alaska.  These plans are expensive, often completed by consultants. This tool will walk communities through the adaptation planning process so they can get started themselves, providing links to data needed for plans, as well as templates used in existing adaptation plans.  While website improvement are ongoing additional coastal resilience workshops are being planned to expand the collaborative, and help collaborative team members learn what additional resources could be useful for communities across Alaska to successfully adapt and build resilience. 

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