Collaborative Management along the Näätämö Watershed

Skolt Sámi fishermen Jouko Moshnikoff and Teijo Feodoroff at winter nets in Spring 2014. Photo: Gleb Raygorodetsky, 2015.

Skolt Sámi fishermen Jouko Moshnikoff and Teijo Feodoroff at winter nets in Spring 2014. Photo: Gleb Raygorodetsky, 2015.

2nd February, 2017: IDS Bulletin article discusses Näätämö work at length.

Update 25th November, 2016: The Näätämö project is prominently featured in the new Arctic Resilience Report of the Arctic Council.

Since 2011, Snowchange Co-op and the Saa’mi Nue’tt have worked with domestic and international partners to install the first-ever collaborative management (co-management) project in Finland. It is on-going.

The geographical scope of the project covers all of the Näätämö river basin and catchment area within Finland. Näätämö, a central stream of the Skolt Sámi today, is also a major Atlantic Salmon spawning river. It is being affected by northern climate change.

Scoping work for the project took place between 2011-2012. The founding document for the work is the 2013 Näätämö River Co-management Plan. The document also contains first steps for traditional knowledge work in the Ponoi basin in Murmansk, Russia, another central Eastern Sámi salmon basin.

Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions was held in Näätämö area in 2014.

Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions was held in Näätämö area in 2014.

Since 2013, the project has released Work Reports, usually every September. Currently the following work reports are available:

Skolt Sámi fisherman on Näätämö, 2014

Skolt Sámi fisherman on Näätämö, 2014

The efforts of the Näätämö project can be summarized into the following themes:

The Näätämö project, during the first five years of its operations, has attracted significant global media attention. These articles include National Geographic, Take Part, and through our science reports, Financial Times and BBC.