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. …

Kick-off – It is important to get to know each other

BuSK Kick-off meeting was held in Rovaniemi, Finland, in June 7th–June 8th. Twenty-five participants from all eleven partner countries/regions attended the meeting. The contents of the work packages as well as practical issues in BuSK project were discussed during the meeting. The BuSK Steering Committee also organized and had its first meeting. John McDonagh was selected as the chairman of the committee. An important part of the meeting was to …