Sustainable Collaboration: Assessing the Impact of Joint Initiatives on Wind Power Acceptance in Reindeer Herding Areas.
Akordi is currently working with the Finnish Wind Power Association and the Reindeer Herders’ Association on a comprehensive study delving into the impacts of collaborative practices on the local acceptability of wind power in reindeer husbandry areas outside the Sámi homeland. This research, funded by the Ministry of the Environment, builds upon the partnership that has evolved since 2019.
The ongoing collaboration has been instrumental in enhancing dialogue between the wind power industry and reindeer herding communities. Field trips, numerous discussions, and sustained engagement between wind power operators, reindeer herders, and authorities have characterized this cooperative effort. The culmination of these interactions has been captured in the ‘Planning and Operating Wind Power Projects in Reindeer Herding Areas’ model report [In Finnish], published in January 2023.
This study seeks to explore the practical significance of collaborative methods employed during the collaboration, assessing their impact on the local acceptability of wind power in areas outside the Sámi homeland. Using a combination of data analysis, surveys, and interviews, the research will primarily draw insights and experiences from wind power operators, municipalities, and reindeer herding cooperatives. The study’s scope is specifically focused on reindeer herding areas situated outside the Sámi homeland.
Initiated in the spring of 2023, the study is slated for completion by the end of October, promising valuable insights into the dynamics of wind power acceptance within reindeer herding communities.