DILACOMI – Different Land use Activities and local Communities in Mining projects – model for the best regulation and practices


The aim of the project is to improve the sustainability and social acceptability of mining projects by developing existing tools, regulation, and management procedures through two pilot cases: the reopening phase of the iron mine of Hannukainen in Kolari and the working gold mine of Suurikuusikko in Kittilä. The project identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the past and on-going systems in order to create a best regulation and practices model for the sustainable management of mining projects particularly in Northern Finland.

The project is funded by TEKES (ERDF), the municipalities of Kolari, Kittilä and Muonio, and the mining companies Northland Resources AB and Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited. The other project partners are the following: Levin Matkailu Oy, Ylläksen matkailuyhdistys ry, Asianajotoimisto Borenius Oy, Kaivannaisteollisuus ry, Tunturi-Lapin Kehitys ry, Ruralpolis, Paliskuntain yhdistys, Tukes, Lapin ELY-keskus, Lapin liitto, GTK, and Luleå University of Technology.

DILACOMI‐project is coordinated by Professor of Environmental Law Kai Kokko from the University of Lapland. The University of Oulu is responsible for the work package one: Land use planning processes and practices relating to mining, which is accomplished by the Department of Architecture, the Thule Institute, and the discipline of cultural anthropology. Work package is led by Professor Helka-Liisa Hentilä.

The main objective of the Thule Institute and the discipline of cultural anthropology is to gather information and analyse international mining cases comparable to our two Finnish case studies from the perspectives of the local communities. We pay attention to international experiences of mine life cycles and their effects on local communities, including what takes place after mines are closed (ghost towns, touristic attractions, reopening phases, bankrupcies). Important study questions that have emerged so far concern the ways in which mining companies legitimize their activities (social licensing) and the time and spatial scales of impact estimations.

The major tasks have been to collect data about Fennoscandinavian and North American cases, conduct meetings with the DILACOMI group, mining company representatives, and the municipalities of Kolari and Kittilä, participate in public hearings, and create a database for the DILACOMI consortium. Our main international partner is Professor Mark Nuttall from the University of Alberta.

Researchers: Hannu I. Heikkinen and Élise Lépy

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Viimeksi päivitetty: 11.6.2012