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Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program

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The Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program (ACCIMP) was established to provide technical assistance and funding to communities imminently threatened by climate-related natural hazards such as erosion, flooding, storm surge, and thawing permafrost.  The intent of the program is to help impacted communities develop a planned approach to shoreline protection, building relocation and/or eventual relocation of the village.

The ACCIMP seeks to create safe, healthy and sustainable communities by increasing community resilience to climate-related natural hazards.

The ACCIMP is implemented through a two-step process

  1. HAZARD IMPACT ASSESSMENTS are conducted to identify and define the hazard impacts in the community, to assess how those hazards impact the community, and to develop recommendations for how the community might best mitigate those hazard impacts; and
  2. COMMUNITY PLANNING GRANTS allow communities to carry out one or more or the recommendations from the Hazard Impact Assessment. Results of community planning efforts will provide a common blueprint for investment of federal assistance and state and local resources as well.
ACCIMP Program Documents and Links Community Climate Change Resources DCRA's Community Resilience Programs

A number of adaptation efforts have been completed through the ACCIMP to increase community resilience in some of Alaska's most environmentally-threatened communities:

  • Hazard Impact Assessments have been conducted for the villages of Atmautluak, Elim, Kipnuk, Nelson Lagoon and Quinhagak to help these communities understand their natural hazard risk and identify adaptation and mitigation actions to respond to this risk
  • Mertarvik Evacuation Center Conceptual Design and Mertarvik Community Layout to inform emergency shelter and townsite planning for the village of Newtok’s relocation site, Mertarvik, on Nelson Island
  • Shishmaref Relocation Site Feasibility Study helped inform Shishmaref’s decision to relocate to West Tin Creek Hills
  • Atmautluak Hydrological Study and Community Drainage Plan to help inform the village of Atmautluak's decisions about how to reduce flooding and erosion in the community
  • Kipnuk Engineering Analysis and Design Study to help the village of Kipnik mitigate riverbank erosion, flood damages, and permafrost degradation
  • Kivalina Consensus-Building Project to help the village of Kivalina reach consensus on steps the community will take to respond to threats of natural hazards including erosion, flooding and storm surge
  • Shaktoolik Community Emergency Shelter Conceptual Design to provide the village of Shaktoolik with a safe place to seek shelter from sea storms
  • Foothills Subdivision Master Plan to help the village of Unalakleet migrate community development to high ground, away from the hazard-prone coast

For more information contact

Sally Russell Cox
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1650,
Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588
Fax (907)269-4563