Sámi Climate Council secretariat

The Sámi Climate Council secretariat is hosted by the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), at the Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu and funded by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.

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The Finnish Ministry of the Environment

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University of Oulu

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The task of the Sámi Climate Council is to give statements on climate policy plans and create knowledge base in support of the preparation of climate policy from the perspective of promoting the Sámi culture. The role of the Sámi Climate Council secretariat is to support the tasks of the Sámi Climate Council.

Contact person at the University of Oulu is the chair of the Sámi Climate Council Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi.

A coordinator and a secretary will be recruited.

Composition of the Sámi Climate Council 1 September 2023–31 August 2027:

Members representing fields of science

Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi (University of Oulu, chair)
Hilppa Gregow (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Rauna Kuokkanen (University of Lapland)
Päivi Meriläinen (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
Markku Ollikainen (Finnish Climate Change Panel)
Henni Ylänne (University of Eastern Finland)

Holders of traditional Sámi knowledge

Esko Aikio (Utsjoki)
Petra Biret Magga-Vars (Sodankylä)
Antti-Oula Juuso (Enontekiö)
Raija Lehtola (Inari)
Tuomas Semenoff (Inari)
Jussa Seurujärvi (Inari)

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