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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2023

Case study: reindeer husbandry plans – “Is this even monitoring?”

Sandström, Per; Sandström, Stefan; Roos, Ulrika; Cronvall, Erik

Abstract

The Renbruksplan (RBP; in English, reindeer husbandry planning) programme has developed over time into an example of community-based monitoring, with much of the work carried out by reindeer herders. The purpose of the RBP is to improve the knowledge base for reindeer husbandry and to advance the basis for discussions and negotiations with other land users through mapping and inventory of the reindeer grazing lands and resources over time. The RBP consists of four different parts: mapping, field inventories (including lichen, the main grazing resource), Global Positioning System (GPS) data from reindeer, and a geographic information system (GIS) compilation of other land use forms. RBP has been under continual development since 2000, in a cooperation between researchers, reindeer herders, and authorities. The data from RBP have been used as a basis for dialogue and in consultations and negotiations with other land users such as forestry and wind power establishers. Information has also provided basis for several impact assessments and court cases. RBP can serve as an example of a non-conventional monitoring programme and offers opportunities for reflecting on the limitations and potential of the monitoring concept.

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Title: Monitoring Biodiversity : Combining Environmental and Social Data
ISBN: 978-1-032-01593-4, eISBN: 978-1-003-17924-5
Publisher: Routledge