Ecological Restoration Took a Step Forwards in the Skolt Sámi Area

Small river of Kirakkajoki will be restored in 2017.

Small river of Kirakkajoki will be restored in 2017.

This week Snowchange specialists and staff worked with the Skolt Sámi team and the community of Sevettijärvi to advance the ecological restoration of habitats in the sub-catchment area of Vainosjoki river in Arctic Finland.

River Kirakkajoki

River Kirakkajoki

Early in the week several meetings were held with state officials and Metsähallitus in Rovaniemi.

Restoration and catchment area maps being handed out.

Restoration and catchment area maps being handed out.

Tero Mustonen reviews the plans in the workshop.

Tero Mustonen reviews the plans in the workshop.

Then field visits and planning of spawning area and ecological restoration took place under the leadership of Skolt Sámi Risto Semenoff.

Upstream at Vainoslompolo area, another site of restoration slated for 2017.

Upstream at Vainoslompolo area, another site of restoration slated for 2017.

On Tuesday a large community workshop collected almost 30 people to the school of Sevettijärvi to

hear about the plans for 2017, results of the co-management project from 2016 and comment and review the restoration plans proposed.

We expect to move ahead at least on three sites in summer 2017.

Risto Semenoff and about 30 participants in the workshop.

Risto Semenoff and about 30 participants in the workshop.

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