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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Indigenous and local knowledge in land use planning: a comparative analysis

Turunen, Minna; Markkula, Inkeri; Zinglersen, Karl Brix; Holt Poulsen, Hans; Sandström, Per; Sandström, Stefan


Based on interviews and practical experiences with land use planning officials and local residents, the challenges and best practices in incorporating indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) into land use planning were studied in Finland, Sweden and Greenland. Our research indicated that it is remarkable, that in Sweden and Greenland almost thirty years after the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992), ILK remains difficult to define and in many ways is still an unknown concept to many people. Neglect of Sami reindeer herding rights and Sami traditional herding systems was a significant part of the Swedish and Finnish cases. A lack of true co-management of resources was reported from both Finland and Greenland. Improvements in legislation and international guidelines have, however, taken place, as for example in Swedish legislation and international guidelines on indigenous rights, planning legislation in Greenland, and the application of the Akwé: Kon Guidelines in Finland.

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Book title: Sharing Knowledge for Land Use Management : Decision-Making and Expertise in Europe’s Northern Periphery
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Authors' information

Turunen, Minna
University of Lapland
Markkula, Inkeri
No organisation
Zinglersen, Karl Brix
No organisation
Holt Poulsen, Hans
Qeqqata Municipality
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management

UKÄ Subject classification

Human Geography
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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