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Australian Documentary Reviews Rewilding Work

Markku Aho, rowing on the left, seining on a lake in Kontiolahti in 2014. Snowchange

Markku Aho, rowing on the left, seining on a lake in Kontiolahti in 2014. Snowchange

“Finland’s Climate Warriors” is a 30 min documentary released by the SBS Dateline in Australia that features Landscape Rewilding by Snowchange. Attached multimedia website  digs deeper into community-led restoration work.

Filmed over the past 6 months, “Finland’s Climate Warriors” is an investigation into Finland and how the country is looking at climate neutrality. The question of peatlands and Snowchange Landscape Rewilding work, building on traditional knowledge and science, features prominently. For access, register for free on the website.

The documentary is here.

Associated multimedia website is here.

Highly relevant online seminar recorded on the related issues with Global Tapestry of Alternatives available here

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10,000 Years of Winter Fisheries Endangered: Responses From the Polar North and Why Do They Matter in Global South

Summer seining in Pirkanmaa, 1900s.

Summer seining in Pirkanmaa, 1900s.

Join Snowchange and Global Tapestry of Alternatives on an important online event this Friday 1.30 PM UTC. Tero Mustonen from Snowchange reviews the latest from the boreal and Arctic North and discusses the progress made on the Landscape Rewilding Programme in 2020.

This event is connected with a new paper out today: How to know about waters? Finnish traditional knowledge related to waters. The paper is available here.

These events are a part of the Snowchange20 Week Celebrations around the world.

Please see here for more info and registration.

The event will be available also a record afterwards.

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Snowchange 20 Years Old

Kivisuo elokuun aamuna.This month, Snowchange Cooperative turns 20 years old. The initial climate change network was founded in September 2000 between Finland, Murmansk and Vancouver. Full registry as a Cooperative took place in September 2005.

Snowchange Cooperative turns 20 years old. Please see highlights of the historical events at the chronology. In September 2000 the original founders of Snowchange connected Indigenous, local and research communities in Finland, Vancouver area, Canada and Murmansk, Arctic Russia. This is often cited as the birthdate of the international Snowchange actions. Five years later, the Indigenous and research network of communities evolved into a fully independent, non-profit community network across the boreal and the Arctic – the Snowchange Cooperative. This happened in the traditional farm and fish base of Olli Klemola, a Finnish Elder.

Tahltan-river Fishing Summit June 2019

Tahltan-river Fishing Summit June 2019

In 2014, the international Steering Committee of Snowchange was solidified to enshrine the direct voices and processes of the Arctic and boreal communities in the decision making of the organisation. HQ officially moved to Selkie, North Karelia, Finland. Western Finnish members organized their own network in Pirkanmaa.

Lifting the Snowchange seine, 2020.

Lifting the Snowchange seine, 2020.

In 2017-2018 the Landscape Rewilding Programme emerged as a vehicle to advance large-scale actions of return of biodiversity, re-establishment of community governance of lands and support of carbon sinks in the north. Since this, the LRP has grown each year and is now an international action on Indigenous and community -led revitalization of lands and villages. Many of the sites in the programme have been registered as Indigenous and community conserved sites – ICCAs.

Lauri Hämäläinen, fisherman at Snowchange

Lauri Hämäläinen, fisherman at Snowchange

Snowchange wishes to thank all past and present members, supporters, allies and partners. Without the villages, Indigenous and traditional leaders, fishermen, hunters, reindeer herders, women involved in all aspects of the work, Elders, and steadfast guidance of the permanent staff we would not have this magical network of people and places across the world. We wish to recognize the new generation of staff members dedicated to the Snowchange daily work across the world, including Lauri Hämäläinen, who works as a fisherman and restoration specialist in North Karelia, Antoine Scherer, our resident ecologist and Focal Point for ICCA issues, Noora Huusari, a specialist on the questions of environmental policy, fisheries and Koitajoki and Dr. Brie Van Dam in Alaska, our atmospheric and terrestrial ecologist. Many young Indigenous co-researchers across the world, such as Petteri Feodoroff and Kaisja Semenoja, to name our Skolt Sámi staff, are equally crucial to the daily operational capacity. These younger people represent a new generation of Snowchange staff and coordinators and will see the organisation grows and evolves towards 21st century challenges.

Eero Murtomäki. Photo: Rita Lukkarinen

Eero Murtomäki. Photo: Rita Lukkarinen

Finally, we continue to recognize and celebrate the life work of our Finnish Elder, Eero Murtomäki, a steadfast supporter together with his wife Rita Lukkarinen on all aspects of the Snowchange work across the years just like we thank all Elders across the years on the support and wisdom.

We will celebrate the 20 years of work across the Planet in 2020-2021 with a hopeful culmination in Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions 2021 in Western Siberia, provided logistics and the global situation allows. Watch this space for major announcements across the year and beyond. We look forwards to the next 20 years with you, and beyond!

 

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The Arctic, Africa and Australia United: Indigenous and Traditional-Led Restoration Key to Global Crisis

Chief Edwin Ogar

Chief Edwin Ogar

Today, led by Chief Edwin Ogar from Nigeria as the main author, One Earth journal has released our strategic paper on Indigenous and traditional knowledge -led conservation and rewilding paper. It outlines a global roadmap for survival.

Titled “Science Must Embrace Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge to Solve Our Biodiversity Crisis“, the paper reviews community-led actions for biodiversity and rewilding from the Arctic, Africa and Australia. It discusses the problems of the past in working with science and Indigenous knowledge and outlines several steps for the future.

Chief Edwin Ogar from Nigeria discusses the critical success of securing and maintaining the 33,600 hectares of intact forest in Nigeria against all odds, whilst daily offensive and illegal logging go on. Prf. Gretta Pecl discusses work and success in Australia, including Snowchange -related partners of Djunbunti rangers restoring the East Trinity Reserve in Queensland. The Arctic case is focusing on the Sámi-led rewilding of river Vainosjoki that was completed using Indigenous knowledge and science.

The article is available here.

Marshmires are key carbon sinks in the high Arctic. Snowchange 2020

Marshmires are key carbon sinks in the high Arctic. Snowchange 2020

 

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Major Breakthrough For Climate in Finland: Kivisuo Marshmire Secured

Näkymä Kivisuolta

Land is Life, Snowchange and the Landscape Rewilding Programme have partnered to secure Kivisuo, a biodiversity hotspot of 1517 acres (614 hectares). It is a mostly intact boreal peatland / marshmire as well as a major carbon sink in the Sub-Arctic in Finland.

Kivisuo (“Marshmire of Stones“) is a biodiversity hotspot located in the villages of Muhos and Utajärvi. It is a part of 20 kilometer wide string of peatlands which are major carbon storages (accumulated since last Ice Age and / or glacial uplift). Kivisuo is a natural carbon sink, alleviating Northern climate change using natural means.

Näkymä Kivisuolta

It secures the well-being, land uses and traditional knowledge of the area. Kivisuo is also the home of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and rare wader birds. It is therefore of European-level importance.

Kivisuo is a symbol of the change we need in the North to secure intact habitats for communities and to fulfill their rights in conservation, to rewild and restore past damages and to increase natural sinks wherever we can“, says Tero Mustonen from Snowchange. He adds: “I wish to thank Land is Life and Roland Göhde in Germany for their unwavering actions during this process of securing Kivisuo for the Landscape Rewilding Programme.

Näkymä Kivisuolta

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