The Ecologist has published an article reviewing the current, on-going collapse of the winter seining conditions in Finland. Winter seiners have written to the EU Commissioner and DG Mare regarding their situation.
The article features Snowchange communal fishery and calls for action on keeping these unique cryosphere cultures. The article is available here.
Puruvesi winter seining
National Fisherman, a US-based national journal for professional fisheries, published recently a wide-ranging story on the Snowchange fisheries and issues in Kesälahti, North Karelia, Finland. Wooden Boat, another US journal has a story on Arvo Ketolainen, a master of traditional wooden boat building from Karelia.
Snowchange received media attention in the US in Autumn and January 2020 with the publication of two national stories. The National Fisherman highlights issues and climate change impacts to the Puruvesi seining, a fishery that has the first historical records starting at 1300 AD. Geographical indicator, young fishermen and seal issues are discussed.
Wooden Boat, a devoted journal to traditional wooden vessels, has a feature on Arvo Ketolainen, a traditional boat master builder from North Karelia. Arvo’s approach to boat-building and thoughts on revitalisation of the skills and materials used for centuries in Karelia are featured along with original Tero Mustonen photography in the story.
BBC has released a documentary and a podcast documenting Snowchange rewilding efforts in North Karelia, Finland as well as the communities, moose hunting, river seining and land use issues.
The documentary can be seen here and the podcast is here.
With that Snowchange thanks all staff, partners and allies for a wonderful 2019 and we will see you again in early 2020!
Snowchange delegates will bring voices from the June Fisheries Summit in Tahltan to the ICCA GA. Mika Honkalinna, 2019
Snowchange has three delegates attending this years Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas Consortium General Assembly in India. Regions spanning the Pacific, Arctic and Europe will discuss critical issues for the ICCAs in 2020.
The General Assembly of the ICCA Consortium is organised this year in Udaipur, India. Snowchange has established the 2 first ICCA territories in Finland. 2020 will most likely see at least 1-2 new sites added to the registry.
Curtis Rattray will share knowledge from the boreal North American Indigenous questions. Mika Honkalinna, 2019
Sutej Hugu, Indigenous leader from Taiwan, will coordinate and represent Snowchange Pacific work at the summit. Tahltan Curtis Rattray from Dease Lake, northern British Columbia, Canada will bring Arctic voices and the deep exchanges from the Fisheries gathering in June co-organised with Land is Life and the Christensen Fund to the event. Antoine Scherer who is working on the Finnish and European questions, especially the Landscape Rewilding Programme will highlight success and issues from the boreal during the visit to India.
Hugu, Antoine and Curtis with ICCA president Teddy, in Udaipur, India.
In November Snowchange staff, member and partner communities and coordinators from Greenland, Finland, Canada, Taiwan and wider Pacific region will join in a large summit “Future Seas 2030” held in Hobart, Tasmania. Visits to Aoteoroa and Wet Tropics of Australia follow.
A regional set of summits will highlight November in the South Pacific and wider region. Snowchange will meet and discuss issues of 2020s cooperation in Aoteoroa with a member community of Tongaporutu, especially their restoration efforts for the Poutama Tribal Park.
Future Seas 2030 Summit will gather delegations from Greenland, Finland, Canada, Taiwan, Aoteoroa, wider Pacific region and recorded community messages from Senegal and elsewhere. This important summit will seek solutions to the threats and issues oceans will face and the full immersion of Indigenous and traditional knowledge in dialogue with science. Summits with Indigenous Tasmanians will be held and supporting steps for future actions on coasts and at sea discussed.
The summit will feature many Snowchange presentations ranging from the Sea Eagle Rescue programme of the Baltic Sea into award-winning delegates presenting their monitoring work in Western Greenland and the possibilities of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas work for Australia and the region. On the Wings of the Raven film will have its Pacific premiere in the event.
Wet Tropics, NE Australia
The tour will conclude by the Coral Sea in the Wet Tropics in NE Australia with the Djunbunji Land and Sea programme restoration exchanges and other Indigenous Australian dialogues. Djunbunji and Snowchange have partnered since 2014 on questions of acidic wetland restoration led by Indigenous and traditional knowledge as well as community-led ranger programmes and monitoring. Steps for 2020s cooperation will be held.