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Excursion to the world heritage Laponia

Published: 9 January 2019

We invite participants of NESS to join a two-day trip to the World Heritage Site Laponia. UNESCO instituted the world heritage in 1996, to care for the Sámi culture and the nature values of the area. The excursion will give you an insight into the unique collaborative management institution, Laponiatjuottjudus, which was created in 2013 and includes several local actors. The night will be spent in a camp on the threshold of Laponia, giving you time to take in the environment at your own pace.

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.