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 …

BuSK develops map-based tool for reindeer herders in Sweden

On-going land use activities such as forestry, mining and wind power developments need better coordination with traditional reindeer herding activity. One case where RenGIS serves as a planning tool for herding community is a new high-speed train line along the coast in northern Sweden. The Swedish contribution to the overall BuSK project aims at implementing, testing and improving the participatory GIS, RenGIS in a number of ongoing land use settings. …

BuSK gives tools for steering tourism growth in Iceland’s glacier environment

Rapid recession of the glacier beside a popular tourist destination worries local people in southeast Iceland. Local operators are becoming more and more dependent on tourism that is still entirely based on natural attractions. At the same time, however, the area is very dynamic and constantly facing environmental change and subsequent risk. Stakeholder workshops in BuSK project have been arranged in order to find solutions to these problems. In Iceland …

BuSK launches two PPGIS surveys in Finland

Development of participatory land-use mapping system (PPGIS) for local communities and other land users is the main focus in BuSK project. Two of such PPGIS surveys have been now launched for public and for stakeholders. Many land-use modes have conflictual relations in the northernmost parts of Finland. A map-based inquiry is performed in the northern areas of three countries, Finland, Sweden and Norway with the aim to get localized knowledge …

Kilpisjärvi meeting – Project involve local stakeholders and end users

An important goal of the BuSK project is to involve local stakeholders and end users from the very beginning of the project. Therefore, WP1 organized a first meeting for Kilpisjärvi village people in August 22nd. After the short presentation of the BuSK project Gaute Svensson from the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø told about planning in Reisa National Park. Co-operation over border was seen as an important area of development. …