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Bhavani River in India Highlighted

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Snowchange has partnered with local ecologists and villagers to investigate the possibilities for community-led rewilding in India – in the Bhavani river catchment.

A year of preliminary discussions, baseline investigations and community visits has been completed.

The work has included original, primary eco-mapping, community meetings with fishers, farmers and other local people and assessment of the drivers of the river health.

See here for the results.

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First Rewilding Center Opens in Finland: Snowchange Has a New HQ

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Today the municipality of Tohmajärvi in North Karelia has sold the former school of Tietäväinen to Snowchange. The first rewilding center of Finland has been thus established.

3The Tietäväinen school is located on the Asematie in the municipality of Tohmajärvi, a famous Karelian location. It has 2000 m2 of space. The building was originally built in 1971 and underwent large renovations in 2004 and 2017. It has several classrooms, a 160 seat auditorium for conferences and concerts and a fully equipped kitchen.

The building will be repurposed to house several Snowchange key work processes:

  • fish storage and fish processing
  • conferences and workshops
  • public exhibits about the rewilding programme and Snowchange work over the past 20 years
  • equipment depot
  • Indigenous and traditional knowledge oral history archives

The organizational HQ will be transferred to Tohmajärvi, which is appr. 50 km from Selkie. Snowchange continues to operate field bases in Lieksa, Selkie, Mönni, Ilomantsi and other locations in North Karelia.

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May Newsletter: Wild Reindeer, Kuivasjärvi Rewilding Expanded, Cold Weather Continues

Wild reindeer in Kuhmo. Photo: Antti Leinonen

Wild reindeer in Kuhmo. Photo: Antti Leinonen

Spring has brought a cold spell into the Finnish boreal. May fisheries are not yet starting but boats are being tarred and preparations are under way. Staff is preparing for a big rewilding season. 

Global Change Biology has published an overview article on the role of wild reindeer in the Eurasian biocultural systems, available here.

Lake Kuivasjärvi in Western Finland has received a decision of a 47,000 € funding decision to expand the rewilding actions to the northern parts of the catchment. This builds on a large initiative 2019-2022 to restore the Western habitats of this large lake catchment located in Parkano.

Don’t forget to also check out Sámi coordinator Pauliina Feodoroff and other Sámi artists in the Venice Biennale, and here recent documentary film.

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New Discussion Paper Released: Equity and UNESCO Sites in Africa

starlingIn September 2020, a fisherman residing in the Nibela region of South Africa, which aquatic resources are now under the authority of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a designated World Heritage Site by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)) was shot dead by park rangers.

This is one example of the actions undertaken by wildlife conservation projects against Indigenous and local peoples. In fact, the dispossession of Indigenous peoples’ lands and waters by states and international institutions, disguised under the argument of protecting the environment is very common.

The report shall outline the key mechanisms that contribute towards indigenous peoples’ rights violations in the context of environmental conservation.

The report has been authored by Safia Cissoko. 

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April News: IPCC and Colonialism, Rewilding Discussed in US Media

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April is here. Winter fisheries are still ongoing with standing gill nets in lake Pyhäjärvi. Two international US-based media stories highlight Snowchange work:

Atmos reports on the Snowchange contributions to the IPCC and linking colonialism with climate change, available here.

Mongabay News has a large investigative journalism story out now, with a focus on the Landscape Rewilding Programme, here.

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