Linking bottom-up with top-down climate adaptation planning in rural Alaska through community-led visions for self-reliance

25/09/2014, 17:30 - 19:00


Professor Chapin will discuss the role of a boundary organization (Community Partnership for Self-Reliance and Sustainability) that seeks to empower indigenous communities in rural Alaska to adapt to climatic and socio-economic changes. The talk will focus on ways of linking top-down government-sponsored adaptation efforts with grass roots community adaptation efforts.

Stuart Chapin is Professor Emeritus of Ecology at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

An ecosystem ecologist, his research addresses the sustainability of ecosystems and human communities in a rapidly changing planet. This work emphasizes the impacts of climate change on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and indigenous communities, as a basis for developing climate-change adaptation plans.


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