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Book chapter2020Peer reviewed

Whose knowledge is it anyway? Apprehensions around sharing knowledge of natural resources in the northern periphers

Tuulentie, Seija; Lidestav, Gun; Markkula, Inkeri; Zinglersen, Karl Brix; Søndergaard, Marie; Turunen, Minna


The question of sharing knowledge, particularly traditional or local knowledge, is a sensitive issue. This relates to the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, such as Sami and Inuit that is protected by international conventions, as well as that of local knowledge of good berry-picking or fishing sites which equally is not easily shared with outsiders. This chapter describes the concerns that were raised by the indigenous Sami people in Finland in relation to a public participatory GIS mapping inquiry in their domicile region along with the need to have free and prior informed consent (FPIC). This latter element of FPIC, based on the international convents of the indigenous peoples’ rights, became significant at a very early stage in the research. These concerns were compared to differently designed approaches in the indigenous contexts of Sweden and Greenland. The results indicate that it is extremely important to create an atmosphere of trust when doing research in the indigenous peoples’ regions, although dependence on the societal situation might be challenging.

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Title: Sharing knowledge for land use management : Decision-making and expertise in Europe’s northern periphery
ISBN: 9781789901887, eISBN: 9781789901894
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

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    Human Geography
    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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