About ADAPT Alaska
How we got here
In 2016 communities from the Aleutians to the Chukchi Sea came together for a series of four coastal resilience and adaptation workshops, with a fifth workshop held in Southeast Alaska. The five workshops were organized by 18 different partner organizations and brought together over 300 participants from 52 tribes and 16 state and federal agencies. The workshops were an opportunity to discuss the greatest challenges facing coastal communities and to share science and local knowledge to facilitate collaborative monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation strategies.
Tribal leaders, resource managers, community planners and scientists explored strategies to adapt to the unprecedented changes brought by rapidly changing environmental and climate conditions. These changes have resulted in risks to human lives, infrastructure, changes in valuable natural resources and disruption of hunting, fishing and livelihoods. Participants discussed ways to reduce risks to human lives, mitigate disaster impacts, enhance collaboration among tribes and government agencies, protect Alaska’s cultural heritage and enhance vitality of hunting and fishing resources. Through collective dialog, tools and knowledge were shared, adaptation strategies were discussed and new relationships were formed. Funding for the workshops was provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on behalf of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), North Pacific LCC, and the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC, Alaska Sea Grant, and through the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association utilizing a Bureau of Indian Affairs resilience grant.
Where we are going
The Adapt Alaska project continues while expanding partnerships. This website acts as the Coastal Community Resilience program for Alaska Sea Grant. Here you will find updates on new projects and resilience workshops including Adapt Y-K (Yukon Kuskokwim), the continuation of efforts in Southeast Alaska, and the upcoming Adapt Kodiak workshop in 2019. Having focused on coastal resilience in coastal communities, we would like to build new collaborations and learn about challenges for communities in the interior of Alaska, and adaptation relevant to interior communities.