Start the Conversation
Holding a resilience workshop is a good way to start your journey towards adaptation
Climate experts can provide data and decision support tools to the community. Community members can voice their own observations of change and describe how changes are impacting their way of life.
Through this process, you can identify the climate impacts that are of the greatest concern to your community.
Getting community members to agree on what they want to achieve with an adaptation plan—such as avoiding property or infrastructure damage, preserving a traditional way of life, protecting community health, or just raising awareness—helps to define goals later on in the planning process.
You can increase your chances of success by making sure that there is two-way communication between community members and researchers—each group has an important role to play.
Define your community and the geographic area you want to cover with a climate adaptation plan. This could be a village or municipality, a borough, a watershed, or an entire region.
Climate change will affect every community differently. For example, a community in Interior Alaska will not experience the impacts of disappearing sea ice, but may experience erosion along stream banks much like coasts are eroding.
Once you’ve defined a community, community members can share their observations of local climate change and determine their motivation to adapt.
Resources for starting an adaptation conversation
Categories: Education, Funding, Leadership & Communication, Resilience Workshop
A coastal resilience workshop like those held in other parts of Alaska, but structured to focus on fisheries, food security, infrastructure, energy, and culture/wellness.
Convened environmental program managers from 17 tribes in Southeast, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits, and the University of Alaska.
|Alaska Native Cultural Charter School|
Maintains Alaska Native culture and curriculum in Anchorage.
|Alaska Native Knowledge Network|
Provides resources for Indigenous knowledge in education and other applications.
|Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program|
Brings career guidance and opportunities for work experience to younger students.
|Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program|
Helps Alaskans with the practical use and conservation of the state’s marine and freshwater resources.
|economy health-culture leadership|
|Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program|
Brings together youth from across Alaska to serve as ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in the Arctic.
A customizable tool for recording and communicating significant environmental and ecological events to empower remote communities dealing with the effects of climate change.
|Center for Environmentally Threatened Communities|
Supports rural Alaska communities experiencing infrastructure impacts resulting from flooding, erosion, and melting permafrost. Helps communities secure funding for infrastructure projects, and provides grant training and technical assistance.
|Grant Writing Assistance Program|
Contracts with professional grant writers to provide grant opportunity research and grant writing assistance for member communities.
|Iñupiaq Immersion School|
The only Iñupiaq immersion school in the United States.
A two-year tribal college in Utqiagvik.
|Promoting Resilience and Adaptation in Coastal Arctic Alaska|
Workshops aimed to better equip resource managers and communities to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change, supporting healthy habitats and resilient communities.
|Resident Technical Assistance Program|
Provides CDQ resident entrepreneurs with a source of assistance in developing business plans, feasibility analysis (small projects), grant mentoring, completing loan applications, financial counseling and other unique needs for developing small businesses.
|Tribal Climate Change Guide—University of Oregon|
Database providing up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans, potential partners, publications, events, and more that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors.
Provides training for local jobs that combines intensive academics and on-the-job training in Bethel.