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Relocation Planning Project Master Plan: Kivalina, Alaska

Created: 6/29/2006 - Updated: 8/08/2018


The purpose of this report is to provide residents and stakeholders with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the best solution for the community of Kivalina. The current state of the community is discussed in detail in this report, as are each of the alternatives.

Published On

Friday, June 30, 2006


Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Managed retreat of built infrastructure, relocation of people/communities
Governance and Policy
Climate Type: 

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Relocating the Village of Kivalina, Alaska Due to Coastal Erosion

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Disaster Risk Management
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Water Resources

Residents in Kivalina, Alaska have pursued relocation efforts for almost 20 years because of overcrowding and erosion problems. The village identified a preferred relocation site about eight miles away in Kiniktuuraq; this site was deemed unsuitable by the Army Corps of Engineers who found that flooding and erosion at the new site would cause additional problems.