Community Research Partnerships for Supporting Sustainable Traditional Harvest Practices

UAF Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance is launching a new initiative in collaboration with Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game with financial support from the National Science Foundation.

Traditional harvest practices are an important part of community self-reliance, wellbeing, and sustainability for Alaska Native communities.  The impacts from climate change, changes in wildlife and fish availability, energy prices, and subsistence regulations all present significant challenges to rural communities’ self-reliance. Developing research capacity within communities that addresses local needs and resource concerns in the context of these rapid changes requires collaboration from many people with diverse skills and perspectives.

Through these research partnerships we would like to collaborate with communities to implement projects that the communities feel would strengthen traditional harvest practices.

This project will support for intensive research partnerships with 6 communities in the TCC region for two years between 2016 and 2018. This support includes a stipend ($2,000 per year) for a community research coordinator, travel funding, and university and agency expertise that fits the unique research priorities of partnering communities. Communities will have access to several research groups at University of Alaska that focus on topics including (but not limited to):

Climate change

  • Subsistence policy
  • Ecosystem health
  • Fish and wildlife ecology and management 
  • Renewable energy
  • Household economics

If you are interested in participating in this partnership, please complete the form below by April 22, 2016.