Community Observation Network for Adaptation and Security (CONAS)

Community Observation Network for Adaptation and Security (CONAS) is a community-based monitoring network with the Indigenous Sentinels Network, in the Bering Sea region. The app and platform are used for gathering and sharing information from people bound by a common geographic area that share similar traditions, values and ideals. The project aims to enhance the practice of local environmental observing and mapping to help ensure that Indigenous and is used to inform policy decisions that affect communities.

Critical knowledge from community experts and scientists is used to understand environmental changes that impact the people who live in the region.

Each community that participates in CONAS identifies important subsistence species and areas. Maps of subsistence harvest areas are created for Tribes to begin compiling data that could be useful for future natural resource planning. Data and maps created are private and owned by participating Tribes to use at their discretion.  Any publication of the project is approved by each of the participating tribes and they have the option to decline any public release pertaining to their community’s data and maps.

Communities in Alaska that have participated to date include: Gambell, King Cove, Saint George Island, St. Paul Island, Sand Point, Savoonga, Unalaska, and Togiak. Observations in Russia have been recorded in Kanchalan, Anadyr, Nikolskoye and Tymlat.

This project is funded by the U.S. National Park Service.

CONAS: Bridging the Bering: Using Data to Link Culture and Information - National Park Service, Beringia Program

As part of CONAS, Bridging the Bering strengthens communication and ties between Alaskan and Russian communities, as well as provides stakeholders with tools that will improve adaptation, planning and management efforts. Working with partners, including regional Tribes, AIA aims to improve understanding of subsistence use areas across the southern Beringia region in order to protect subsistence and cultural practices.

The work focuses on:

  • Establish close ties with the Russian Aleut community and the Russian. Northeastern regions to promote protection of the shared environment, preservation of cultural
  • Engage in international activities aimed at improvement of the Arctic environment.
  • Advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ interests in the Arctic as mandated by the Board.
Information from the Southern Bering Sea will not only enhance our knowledge of the Bering Sea but will also allow us to encourage policy that benefits everyone. We will be able to build rapport and inform community members.

This project is funded by the U.S. National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program.

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