The management of Laponia presents a unique example of collaborative natural resource management. Laponia covers four national parks and 9400 square kilometres of high mountains, forests, wetlands and the traditional territories of nine indigenous Sámi reindeer herding communities. The board of Laponiatjuottjudus (“Laponia administration” in Sámi) consist of representatives from the Sámi reindeer herding communities, Gällivare and Jokkmokk municipalities, the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. This locally embedded co-management institution is unique in a Swedish context and often promoted as a possible model for future management of complex natural resource systems.
During our visit, we will meet with Laponiatjuottjudus and some of its board members and learn about different perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of this co-management model.
The excursion will also include a visit to Ájtte, the Swedish mountain and Sámi museum in Jokkmokk. We will spend the afternoon and night at Langas Camp, a campsite with cottages at the threshold of Laponia.