BuSK was awarded with Arctic Award

Third Arctic Award was nominated to BuSK project (Building shared knowledge capital to support natural resource governance in the northern periphery), which was coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The award ceremony was held in Copenhagen in Tuesday 17 September. The annual award has been awarded now three times by Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic programme, in cooperation with all five Interreg funding programmes. The Arctic Award aims to …

What is ILK and how can it help with land use planning? New fact sheet gives tools and examples

Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) refers to the knowledge which has been developed from the experience gained over centuries by people living in a specific area and that are embedded in community practices. Utilising ILK can help in avoiding many typical pitfalls in land use planning. Thus collecting it wisely should be one tool for all bodies operating with land use planning, especially in areas that are very sensitive or …

Presentations from the final seminar available online

The final seminar of BuSK project was held in Rovaniemi in February 2019. Attendees had the privilege to hear not only about the results but also about the social and natural environments the project has operated in. Approximately 20 experts visited the stage to introduce their work, and you can now check their presentations as pfds from below. Anita Alajoutsijärvi: Agnico Eagle’s mining work in Kittilä Ari Nikula: Transboundary PPGIS …

PPGIS inquiry locates the problems of snowmobiling in northwest Lapland

In Finland, three BuSK-related PPGIS inquiries have been performed and one is on its way. The three already completed include an inquiry, which was targeted to the tourism entrepreneurs in Rovaniemi, another dealing with mining in Kittilä and a third reaching over the borders of Finland, Norway and Sweden in northwestern Lapland, in Enontekiö municipality and adjacent regions in neighboring countries. The most interesting results of this Enontekiö area inquiry …

Tourism management issues and great sceneries in Iceland with a taste of reindeer herding

BuSK partner meeting in Iceland at the end of November made two things clear: first, even the countryside is crowded by tourists all year round and, second, no wonder since the landscape is so unique and beautiful. The meeting took place in October which in Finnish Lapland is truly an off-season for tourism. In Iceland, the best places such as Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon were filled with tourists from all over …

Leisure and tourism form a challenge to the Faroese farmers

Land tenure in the Faroes is a combination of private and public ownership with land-use practices and regulations that go far back in time. These practices and regulations, however, do not necessarily take into account new challenges in relation to natural resource exploitation and leisure activities that are rapidly increasing with growing tourism and other economic activities. BuSK project aims at contributing to the planning process of tourist routes in …

Irish case study revealed common conflicts – better understanding helps in solving problems, ignoring tensions does not work

The case study for Ireland focuses on the peripheral western region which encompasses the seven counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Clare. This region is predominantly rural compared to the national average of people living in rural locations. The significant number of people living in rural areas in the western region suggests the importance of land for livelihoods, and there is more of a dependence on traditional indigenous …

BuSK Newsletter 1/2018 has been published

Here you are: on the first 2018 issue of BuSK (Building Shared Knowledge Capital) newsletter. This issue presents project’s on-going demonstration cases from Greenland, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. They look at the local participation issues in the fields of reindeer herding, hunting and tourism, amongst other. News from other partners in Faroe Islands, Finland, Ireland and Norway will come in the next issue. Please read the newsletter here

Hunting stories preserve common memory in Greenland – School children helping in the collection process

Elders and resource persons have been interviewed by BuSK and school children in Greenland about their memories on hunting trips and hunting travels. In BuSK project these memories have been located, digitally preserved and published. The case study for Greenland covers an area just above the Arctic Circle between the west coast of Greenland and the Greenland Ice Sheet. In the area, the caribou (reindeer) has been a valuable resource …