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Restoration of the Skolt Saami Vainosjoki River Proceeded

Risto Semenoff, a Skolt Saami river restoration specialist.

Risto Semenoff, a Skolt Saami river restoration specialist.

The ecological restoration of the Vainosjoki river catchment area in Näätämö area proceeded last week.

Work team restoring habitat on Kirakkakoski.

Work team restoring habitat on Kirakkakoski.

Habitats and spawning areas of Kirakkakoski and Vainosjoki streams were restored using science and Saami knowledge.

Kirakkakoski almost restored, spawning areas in place and rocks back where they belong.

Kirakkakoski almost restored, spawning areas in place and rocks back where they belong.

Vladimir Feodoroff surveys the Vainosjoki area being restored.

Vladimir Feodoroff surveys the Vainosjoki area being restored.

The project will continue to 2018. First graylings were seen already on the second day on the Kirakkakoski rapids!

 

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How small communities respond to environmental change? New Paper Out

Jukajoki Delta

Jukajoki Delta

A new peer-reviewed scientific paper featuring two Snowchange river restoration projects is out in the recent issue of Ecology and Society. The paper is here.

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August Newsletter: Restoration, Oral Histories and Heading to Aotearoa

Koitajoki, a river and a new oral history project for 2017 in North Karelia.

Koitajoki, a river and a new oral history project for 2017 in North Karelia.

Summer is drawing to a close. Record-cold summer in the Northern European zone is very different from the blistering summer in southern areas of the continent. After a stream of visitors in June and July, ecological restoration of Jukajoki basin is in full-swing with actions in Linnunsuo wetland this week. With sad hearts we said goodbye to two Re-Wilding trainees, Marion Laventure and Antoine Scherer from France, who worked with our teams for over six months on the Jukajoki restoration.

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

Next week the restoration of habitats and spawning areas of Vainosjoki and Kirakkakoski areas in the Näätämö Skolt Saami home area commences. A team of Skolt Saami will work with Snowchange experts to restore the key habitats for trout, grayling. This is an important first step in actual restoration of these habitats, after years of planning and permitting processes.

Over the summer a new oral history work was launched focusing on the endemic whitefish populations of Koitajoki, North Karelia and the river seiners. The work has proceeded well, several community members have been met and we expect this to be a launch of a larger restoration and oral history work on Koitajoki basin, an iconic Karelian stream.

River Koitajoki. Photo: Eero Murtomäki

River Koitajoki. Photo: Eero Murtomäki

Early Autumn will bring community visits, Steering Committee meetings and future visioning in Aotearoa. A small South Pacific trip includes partnerships with the New Zealand Institute of Atmospheric and Water Maori Research Unit, communities of Tongaporutu and Taranaki, and much more!

Darren leads the Maori Research Unit of National Institute of Atmospheric and Water in Aoteaoroa. Snowchange, 2014

Darren leads the Maori Research Unit of National Institute of Atmospheric and Water in Aoteaoroa. Snowchange, 2014

In other international news a Snowchange delegation travels to France in early September to discuss northern mining issues and ecological restoration, we will host experts on hydrodam removal from the US in October and will release several science papers in Autumn. Work on the Nordic IPBES report continues.

More updates in September.

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New Discussion Paper Out: Prayer by Chief Mary Smith Jones

Photo: Eero Murtomäki, 2017

Photo: Eero Murtomäki, 2017

This is Eyak Chief Marie Smith Jones’s prayer at the opening of an international indigenous conference on climate change “Snowchange 2005”, in Anchorage, September 28, 2005. The transcription and translation, May 2017, are by Michael Krauss and Guillaume Leduey, from a videotape provided by Tero Mustonen, Executive Secretary of Snowchange Cooperative, based in Finland. This is the last known recording of spontaneous Eyak text, presumably constituting the entire corpus of 21st-century Eyak text.

A note from Tero Mustonen from Snowchange: “This unique cultural heritage of the Eyak people is amazing testimony to the power and strength of Chief Marie Smith Jones who we had a privilege to know and work with for years. It was the greatest possible honour that she came to open Snowchange 2005 with her opening prayer. I wish to thank our Steering Committee Member and Alaska Coordinator Victoria Hykes-Steere for all the work she did for Chief Jones over the years and for her wisdom and kindness in assisting with this text, as well as Michael E. Krauss, Professor Emeritus and his team for making this translation possible. We will cherish the living legacy of the Eyak peoples and Chief Marie Smith Jones in our work at the Snowchange Co-op. ”

Discussion paper is available here.

For a Conference Report of Snowchange 2005, go here.

 

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The Winter Seiners of Puruvesi

IMG_0927On an icy lake in Finland, a 500-year-old fishing practice continues, unbroken.

From filmmaker Tom Miller (PrettyGoodProductions) and executive producer Tero Mustonen (Snowchange Cooperative), The Winter Seiners of Puruvesi portrays one day on the ice with two teams of Finnish fishermen, practicing an unique form of under-ice net fishing. Includes rarely seen footage from the 1930s and 1960s.

The film is available here.

English / Suomi 35 mins.

esa1Made possible by generous support from the European Union Marine and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Finnish Action Program 2014-2020. The film is dedicated to the memory of Esa Rahunen, long-term leader of the Puruvesi seiners who passed away in 2016.

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