The project will identify Sami traditional knowledge related to land use so that it can be better taken into account when making decisions about biodiversity and sustainable development, as well as the rights of the Sami people. The project will focus on the traditional knowledge among the reindeer-herding Sami in the Käsivarsi area in cooperation with local Akwé: Ko working group. The project is funded by the Nessling Foundation.
Collecting traditional knowledge, using it and handling the materials - a video reportage from the fieldwork.
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Dr. Leena Heinämäki
The Akwé: Kon group is a cooperation organ of the State Forest Enterprise Metsähallitus and the local Sami people and its task is to carry out the implementation of the biodiversity agreement in the Sami homeland concerning the use and management plans of wilderness areas and nature reserves. The plans seek to take into account and safeguard the valuable cultural heritage and traditional knowledge of the Sami related to nature, which is seen as an important part of the conservation of biodiversity.
Akwé: Kon guidelines