Y-K Delta Residents Discuss Climate Change Adaptation In Bethel Gathering

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It’s becoming a regular discussion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: how to adapt to a changing climate.

Leaders across the region are gathering in the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the issue. Ray Born, Deputy Manager of the Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge, is one of the organizers of the two-day workshop.

"[We're] looking at three focus areas, subsistence, and food preservation," Born said. "We’re going to talk about infrastructure, the places that we live, and then we’re going to talk about transportation and how they get from where they lived to where we gather food to eat."

It’s one of several meetings that have been held in Bethel to discuss climate change. The last one took place in March of this year. Born says that this meeting is in preparation for a larger conference for the region in November. Details on what that will look like will be finalized by the end of the day on Thursday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly quoted Ray Born as saying "trans-fish" instead of transportation.