January 2021: With new funds from NEFCO, the Näätämö and Ponoi work have been expanding in 2020. This has included plastic surveys on Näätämö in preparation, community-based monitoring and assessments on the success of the spawning sites, several new science papers, and preparation for rewilding work in the catchment area in 2021.
December 2019: Ecological restoration of the Vainosjoki river is completed after 5 years of work. Spawning areas and juvenile trout habitats are back to health. Monitoring efforts are under way. The restoration work will commence again in 2020.
20th December 2018: A major science paper on traditional knowledge and Näätämö released. It is available here.
December 2018: A large report on the Näätämö monitoring and restoration work has been published, and is available here. Restoration of all of the Vainosjoki will continue in April 2019.
Summer 2018: Ecological restoration of all of Vainosjoki has been concluded.
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.
Since 2013, the project has released Work Reports, usually every September. Currently the following work reports are available:
The efforts of the Näätämö project can be summarized into the following themes:
- Documentation of Indigenous observations of climate and biodiversity impacts along the basin
- Documentation of traditional land use of the Skolt Sámi
- Documentation of traditional culture and ways of life of the Skolt Sámi
- Producing and implementing ecological restoration work in the basin
- Scientific surveys of climate and biodiversity changes
- Monitoring of new and arriving species to the basin
- Developing new management and governance models of the basin
The Näätämö project, during the seven 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.