Based on review of research literature and anthropological field work, the project will create an overview on the impact of climate change on the Saami homeland’s environment and culture, the health and well-being of Saami people and the entire Saami community in Finland.
“Climate change will have a comprehensive impact on Saami people’s life, because Saami culture and language, as well as Saami people's health and way of life are closely linked with nature that is undergoing rapid change. Therefore, the Saami are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change”, says Project leader, Professor Jouni Jaakkola from the University of Oulu.
“We act as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre in Global change, Environment and Public Health. The World Health Organisation also needs information on the effects of climate change on indigenous peoples' health and well-being”, Jaakkola emphasises.
In addition, the project will examine how national and international programmes and strategies on climate change take into consideration Saami people and the needs of Saami culture. The project researchers work in close collaboration with the Saami community and the stakeholders.
“We will explore what kinds of implications climate change will have for different parts of Saami homeland and the vitality of Saami culture. Through anthropological fieldwork, we will provide information on Saami community’s knowledge and experiences on climate change and its implications”, Postdoctoral Researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi says.
Funded by the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities, the project's total budget is EUR 150,000. The project results and proposals for measures will be published at the end of 2019.
Project leader, Professor Jouni Jaakkola
Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
tel: +358 40 6720927
Postdoctoral Researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi
tel: +358 40 4844032
In Finnish https://www.oulu.fi/cerh-fi/saami
In English https://www.oulu.fi/cerh/saami
Last updated: 4.6.2019