Conflict assessment: Sámi herding cooperatives and Metsähallitus

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In 2020 the lingering tensions between Sámi reindeer herders and Metsähallitus forestry called for framing the conflict.

In a novel approach, a neutral party intervenes in a lingering conflict to get a clearer picture of the situation. Conflict analysis is sometimes a part of environmental conflict mediation. It isn’t research, since it has a more practical goal; to lay the foundation for resolving the conflict.

The process was initiated together by the Sámi Herding Cooperatives, the Sámi Parliament, the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation and Metsähallitus forestry, and the analysis was done by a team of Akordi experts. The assessment consisted of analyzing contract documents, but more importantly of interviewing 54 individuals representing different groups.

Jonna Kangasoja
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
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