Village Relocation

Village Relocation

Village Relocation


“Why are entire villages relocating because of climate change?”


Villages and towns have been built throughout the world. However, with climate change already on its way, more and more towns are going to become vulnerable to climate impacts. In fact, the land that many villages rely upon is going to disappear. To preserve their traditional ways of life, many of these communities are talking about entire Village Relocation to safer grounds. Usually this involves finding a suitable piece of land nearby, obtaining the funding mechanisms for construction, and then building the new village in its entirety. One real-world example is that of Newtok, Alaska, where its eroding permafrost ground has prompted its citizens to move to a new location around 19 kilometers (12 miles) away.


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