To clarify the standpoint of the Swedish Sami Parliament on how the natural resources within Sápmi shall be managed and especially in relationship to minerals mining, a strategy has been produced. It was adopted by the Plenary Assembly in Åre, Sweden on 20 May 2014. The document is available in English at the Sami Parliament, and a summary of the document is published at the Sami Parliament Homepage.
During the programme meeting in Storuman August 26-28, The MASD research team made significant progress on forwarding discussion across the programme, as well as on the AACA report, ethics, interview methodology, and the sustainability concept – and also got a very good understanding of the local case study area both in the public and invited stakeholder meetings!
Themes suggested by stakeholders at the public and invited stakeholder meetings:
- Tax systems and local income and return from major developments, e.g. water power, wind
- Long term consequences and valuation of resources: risks of exploitation, ecosystem services
- Local coping and adaptation with regard to global developments such as world market prices: what are the limits of robustness and how does one identify this?
- Changing climate and global resource demand
- Coordination and cooperation between sectors, e.g. ecotourism cooperation with forestry
- EU regulation, for instance requirements on sustainable design and environmental protection legislation
- Ownership (äganderätt)
- Mining legislation: why does it not include areas close to main cities
- Experienced local impacts (e.g. of the Malmfälten developments)
- The space available for municipal decision-making, in general and in relation to specific legislation
According to a recent Mistra publication, Russia has identified the Arctic as both a strategic priority and a resource base for the 21st century. Against a backdrop of expectations about the opportunities available in the Arctic, Russia has primarily pursued a policy focused on strengthening national sovereignty in the region. However, despite the considerable attention given to the development of the Arctic by the Russian leadership, progress in achieving Russia’s goals in the Arctic has been slow. While debate has increased in the media and research community with regard to China’s potential as a partner for development of the Arctic, significant challenges stand in the way of a major reorientation of Russian Arctic policy towards China. The success of Russia’s recent energy cooperation with China will depend on solving previous problems, developing mutually acceptable forms of cooperation and increasing mutual trust.
The publication, Klimenko 2014, is available at the file menu of this homepage: Klimenko 2014