January Opens With Heavy Snowfall, Fisheries

One of the surveyed, potential marshmire restoration sites in Eastern Finland, January 2019.

One of the surveyed, potential marshmire restoration sites in Eastern Finland, January 2019.

2019 is underway and the fishery season has begun with the first seines out in Puruvesi yesterday. Work on the Landscape Rewilding and Evenki Atlas continues. First trip of the season out to South Africa for IPCC.

Lauri Hämäläinen from Joensuu

Lauri Hämäläinen from Joensuu

Fishery season has started on the ice in boreal Finland. First seining crews out of Puruvesi caught their first vendace yesterday. This season a new staff person, Lauri Hämäläinen, joins Snowchange as a professional fishermen. He will take lead of many of the Puruvesi activities this season regarding our fish markets. Ice conditions are very bad with only a small amount of steel ice on top of which is heavy snowload.

We are deep in talks regarding many rewilding sites and restoration for 2019. These include relatively intact marshmires, old growth forests and high Arctic sites in Finland. European Investment Bank discusses the 2018 start of the programme on their website.

Together with ELOKA we are almost ready with the Evenki Atlas 1.0. and it will be released in the next few weeks. We are very excited to highlight the nomadic culture from Southern Sakha-Yakutia in this atlas, our partners since 2004.

Snowchange staff will travel to South Africa for the IPCC meetings as well as the launch of the KEPLER EU project in Oslo, Norway. Next round of news towards end of January.

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