Discover the achievements of the NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

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People shaping land-use goals

Local and Indigenous people participate in land-use planning

BuSK ran 2 surveys in Kittilä municipality, to measure citizens’ acceptance of the mining industry. The participants drew on the map 88 places, where mining-related traffic accidents took place, 26 zones where opening of new mines was not accepted and areas where the industry’s impacts on the environment were found. In limited land areas in Lapland, the tourism activities such as husky safaris and snow scootering collide with Saami’s reindeer husbandry routes. BuSK prepared guidelines for involving indigenous communities into planning new areas for tourism activities. Reconciled land-use planning is decisive for the sustainability of these communities.

Antti Jämsén

Major of Kittilä Municipality

For the municipality it is important to know how mining affects the well-being of residents and what the experienced impacts of mining are. Based on evidence, the municipality has launched an initiative to improve road safety. The research also supports municipal policy that new mining projects are not accepted near Levi tourist resorts. Environmental concerns are also taken seriously in the municipality.