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Winter News: BC, Saami Work in the Communities, Jukajoki proceeds

IMG_0976Slowly February is turning to March. It means spring is around the corner. Winter seining on lake Puruvesi is at all time high, ice conditions are reflective of the very warm winter, but still crews are out. A 40 minute documentary film will be released online in the spring about this unique boreal professional fishing community.

Dempsey Bob is one of the most famous Tahltan artists of the past 100 years. Snowchange, 2004

Dempsey Bob is one of the most famous Tahltan artists of the past 100 years. Snowchange, 2004

Internationally, Snowchange teams from communities and from the HQ will head to British Columbia, Canada in mid-March. Work with the Tahltan representatives focuses on revitalisation of traditional knowledge in the villages. We will also have an excursion to the Elhwa River system in the Washington state, where large-scale hydropower stations have been removed to allow the Pacific Salmon to return!

Next week community meetings and workshops will be held in Inari, Sevettijärvi, Nesseby, Utsjoki and Vuotso as a part of the CBM work of Snowchange. We continue to work with the Nordic IPBES process with the report slated for a summer release.

merileijonatDomestically the ecological restoration of river Jukajoki is also in high gear. New wetland units have been created in early 2017 and more progess takes place weekly. Expect major newscast in mid-March!

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Our Place on Earth Global Films Released

Zandar_Cliff_2An antidote to the fear-based climate change narrative, Our Place on Earth shares on-the- ground stories of community resilience from around the world. Season 1 is now available for free.

sandbar-barbudaThe season opens in the small Finnish village of Selkie, as villagers and locally-based Snowchange Cooperative work to rescue their watershed from the impacts of a local peat mine. What unfolds is an exploration of village identity, the importance of place and tradition, and how saving one thing means the survival of others.

booby-cay-bangkukuk-popeCommunities across the Caribbean face dramatic climate impacts and rapid adaptation is essential. In this chapter, OPOE explores the different strategies Caribbean communities are taking to adapt their lives to an unpredictable future.

The indigenous community of Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, faces many social and climatic challenges, including drought, intense storms, illegal land-grabs, and overfishing. In this installment, OPOE follows the Nicaraguan-based NGO, blueEnergy, as they collaborate with Bangkukuk villagers to adapt to these increasingly dramatic challenges.

alisia-bangkukukDirector, Tom Miller, and Producer, Nuin-Tara Key, of PrettyGoodProductions traveled for one year, filming the documentary series “Our Place On Earth.” Season 1 is an on- the-ground portrayal of people’s lives as they spearhead climate change initiatives in their own communities.

While traveling, the team lead workshops on low-cost video production as a way to help communities share their own stories with the world. They also partnered with the village of Selkie, in Finland, to co-produce the feature film, “Jukajoki”, which highlights the restoration of Selkie’s watershed.jukajoki-river-delta-finland

Season 1 is available here.

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New Research Paper on Näätämö Project Out

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

A new research paper, published in the IDS Bulletin, discusses the Skolt Sámi work in the Näätämö basin. “Moving Beyond Co-Construction of Knowledge to Enable Self-Determination” talks about Indigenous knowledge:

It is increasingly recognised that co-construction of knowledge which brings together researcher-derived understanding, with local, practitioner or non-researcher understanding is necessary to address current global challenges. Emerging empirical evidence suggests challenges remain in bridging across scales and ensuring inclusion of the marginalised. It is unclear whether espoused approaches are in practice enhancing the wellbeing of those currently on the front lines of ecological, social and political crises, or, whether they are inadvertently increasing inequality.

Näätämö River Co-Management

Näätämö River Co-Management

In this article, we explore co-construction from our experience as embedded researcher–practitioners through two case studies: the ecological restoration of fisheries by the Skolt Sámi in Finland, and the conservation of agro-ecological and forest management practices by peasant communities in Paraguay. We challenge the idea that co-construction of knowledge is sufficient to engage with regressive institutional and political dynamics that continue to marginalise, arguing for a focus on self-determination to be the foundation for co-construction.

The paper is available here.

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Major Siberian Fisheries Pages Open

Fisherman Vilen in the Kolyma region, 2012.

Fisherman Vilen in the Kolyma region, 2012.

Snowchange and ELOKA / National Snow and Ice Data Center, USA co-publish, together with the Kolyma fishing communities, major fisheries pages.

siperia17They describe the cultural and commercial harvests and some of the drivers of change affecting the extremely remote Siberian river area.

Fish base on the East Siberia Sea, 2012.

Fish base on the East Siberia Sea, 2012.

The pages are available here.

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January: Fisheries in full swing, Heading to Northern Sweden

Coast of Norton Sound, Alaska, USA

Coast of Norton Sound, Alaska, USA

2017 is here. Ice conditions have improved over the past three weeks which allowed both the commercial seining and net fishing to begin in North Karelia. Temperatures continue to fluctuate however between -30 and +1 C. We carefully monitor the situation in Savoonga, and Norton Sound as well as Bering Straight areas in Alaska after the severe storms swept through the area in early January.

On domestic front Jukajoki restoration began already on 2nd January with caterpillars in the Vehkasuo and Kylmäsuo marshmire areas to address acidity and restore habitats. In Puruvesi the 30 minute documentary film has proceeded to editing phase and is expected out in April-May.

Bald eagle harvesting on a deer in Haida Gwaii, Winter 2008-2009.

Bald eagle harvesting on a deer in Haida Gwaii, Winter 2008-2009.

Näätämö basin and the work with the Skolt Sámi is proceeding well. Soon a major Science article will be out, and for the summer the ecological restoration of habitats in Vainosjoki area is under permitting with the authorities.

On 14th to 18th January we are heading to Northern Sweden, to the CLEO environmental monitoring Workshop in Kiiruna. On the same trip IPBES and Skolt Sámi issues will be discussed. With that, best for the 2017 from Snowchange!

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