2019 Program Archive: Rights, Resilience and Community-led Relocation

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Rights, Resilience and Community-led Relocation

Robin Bronen
Alaska Institute for Justice
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Concurrent Sessions 6
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This session focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary team of fifteen Alaska Native coastal communities, geophysical and climate scientists, lawyers and state and federal government agencies to address coastal retreat and relocation. This work includes the design and implementation of community-based environmental-social monitoring methodologies, such as erosion, permafrost thaw, and storm event monitoring, to inform multiple levels of institutional governance about environmental change and its impact on community health and well-being. The right to self-determination is the foundation upon which this work is being implemented. Through this work we are co-producing knowledge, facilitating adaptation workshops and informing policy makers on the research-informed solutions to implementing coastal adaptation strategies. The identification of a new environmental hazard, usteq (Yup’ik word meaning land collapse caused by the combination of thawing permafrost, erosion and flooding) to be included in the Alaska Hazard Mitigation Plan is an example of our work’s success. This session will showcase how the co-production of knowledge at multiple levels of governance can lead to policy-level changes to support community-based adaptation, including relocation.

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Rights, Resilience and Community-led Relocation
Robin Bronen, Alaska Institute for Justice
Rights, Resilience and Community-led Relocation
Patricia Cochran, Alaska Native Science Commission