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Finland: Forestry Act reportedly threatens indigenous Sami peoples land rights & culture

Author: Hannibal Rhoades & Tero Mustonen, IC Magazine (USA), Published on: 28 March 2016

"New Finnish Forestry Act Could Mean the End of Sami Reindeer Herding - Sámi Representatives Call for Swift Support From the International Community", 28 Mar 2016

An unprecedented land grab will threaten the last old growth forests of Finnish Lapland and the homeland of the indigenous Sámi Peoples if a new Forestry Act is approved by the Finnish Parliament this week...The new Forestry Act would no longer require Metsähallitus, the Finnish state-run enterprise which already controls 90% of the Sámi Home Area, to liase with the Sámi Parliament and the Skolt Sámi Village Council on issues of land management and their potential impacts on indigenous people’s lives...The new Act would affect 2.2 million hectares of water systems and 360,000 hectares of land, mostly in the Sub-Arctic and North Boreal areas of Finland, the Sámi’s Home Area...If the new Forestry Act is passed, Sámi areas in Upper Lapland, including large tracts of boreal old growth forests, will be opened up to a range of economic uses...The preparation of this Act has not been conducted with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Sámi People...

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