Kaisa Raitio

Kaisa Raitio
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | SLU · Department of Urban and Rural Development

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In Sápmi and beyond, the practice of reindeer herding is under increasing pressure from competing for land use, large carnivores and climate change. The governing systems are, however, ill-equipped and unable to address resulting cumulative and interacting impacts. This has led to a difficult situation for reindeer herding due to the loss of land,...
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Today, access to minerals and the development of mines are both closely linked to combating climate change, enabling developments in transitions of energy and transportation systems. New mineral extraction projects are highly contested, and the mining sector has been struggling with both environmental and social governance, as well as the legitimac...
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In Sweden, extractive industries are placing increasing pressure on the traditional indigenous Sami livelihood of reindeer herding. Consequently, the intersection of indigenous rights and mining-related development in Sweden has become an increasingly contested socio-legal space. In this article, we analyse the extent to which there are meaningful...
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Human induced land-use change through natural resource extraction has significant ecological, social and cultural effects for indigenous communities. Indigenous rights, cultural practices and identities are strongly interconnected with traditional lands. In northern Sweden, the cumulative effects from natural resource extraction have become increas...
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While calls for critical, engaged and change-oriented scholarship in environmental communication (EC) abound, few articles discuss what this may practically entail. With this article we aim to contribute to a discussion in EC about the methodological implications of such scholarship. Based on our combined experience in EC research and drawing from...
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The duty of states to consult indigenous communities is a well-established legal principle, but its implications for practice remain uncertain. Sweden is finding itself at a particularly critical juncture as it prepares to legislate a duty to consult the Sami people in line with its international obligations. This paper explores the ability of Swed...
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Drawing on experiences from a National Park inhabited by people in Mozambique, this article explores how the ‘parks with people’ approach has evolved within a complex context characterised by conflicts between wildlife conservation and farming-based livelihoods. It analyses how communities and the park management in Limpopo National Park have dealt...
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This article analyses Finland's forest policy from the perspective of the Pathways to Sustainability approach. The historical roots and political dynamics between key actor coalitions, as well as their key concerns around sustainability in forest policy are first outlined. After this contextualisation, we identify the current dominant pathway by an...
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This article analyses the consequences of institutional and organisational arrangements for the legitimacy of the governance of Finnish public forests. It focuses on normative legitimacy, which comprises input legitimacy (accountability), throughput legitimacy (power relationships, transparency and inclusiveness) and output legitimacy (problem-solv...
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Ideas on what is best practice to provide more people in rapidly growing low-and middle-income cities with adequate water supplying services have changed during the 20th century. By applying a frame-theoretical approach, this article analyzes institutional choice in Ghana's urban water sector. Special attention is paid to two major events: first, t...
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The purpose of the paper is to present an analytical framework for studying conflict management processes. The paper draws on discursive approaches to new institutional theory in integrating three inter-related elements of conflict management: collaborative practices; formal and informal institutions; and the ways the policy issues are understood a...
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The purpose of this issue has been to analyze how forest conflicts can be fruitfully studied, theoretically and empirically, in order to gain comparative insights from different parts of the world and different forest zones, and to draw implications for conflict management. This conclusion builds primarily on the individual contributions to the Spe...
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The paper seeks to shed new light on both the dynamics and possibilities for resolving complex land use conflicts by examining the development of the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) Agreement in British Columbia, Canada. This agreement signalled a major policy change in the region by increasing the protection of old growth forests from 9% to 33% of the...
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This article illustrates the interconnectedness of science and politics through a case study of old-growth forest conflict in Finnish Upper Lapland. It demonstrates the ways in which “traditional science” has failed to settle the decades-long conflict between state forestry and traditional Sámi reindeer herding, and discusses the potential of democ...
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The article explores the interdependence of state, civil society, and market actors in resolving environmental conflicts through new governance arrangements. Based on policy documents and in-depth interviews, the study shows that the government-led Land and Resource Management Plans concerning the coastal rainforests in British Columbia depended fo...
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Collaborative planning has become an increasingly popular approach in environmental decision-making, particularly in situations where there are multiple actors with conflicting interests. In this paper, collaborative environmental planning is perceived as being embedded in an institutional environment that has an impact on the processes and outcome...
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Reconciling diverse forest values within policy and decision-making processes is an ongoing challenge in forestry. The use of environmental impact assessment (EIA) provides potential for improving forest management and making it more responsive to diverse interests. This paper examines EIA in Canadian and Finnish forest planning. In Finland there h...
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K. 2006. Conflict management as a means to the sustainable use of natural resources. Silva Fen-nica 40(4): 687–728. Democratic societies' emphasis on individual rights and freedoms inevitably opens them up to political disputes. Conflict management should thus be seen as an integral part of democratic institutional design. The evolution and managem...
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We will (1) show that reindeer herders in Finland have a long tradition of entrepreneurship; (2) identify administrative and policy obstacles to fulfilling the entrepreneurial capacities and (3) recommend actions to remove the obstacles to indigenous entrepreneurship among herders. Successful herders in Finland have embraced key entrepreneurial vir...

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WP1 in Mistra EC focuses on government-initiated dialogue processes within rural and urban governance on sustainability issues. While dialogue processes are a valuable tool for inclusive, legitimate and effective governance processes, their implementation is often fraught with difficulties, usually due to challenges related to power relationships and conflict. This WP works to translate recent research on power and conflict into practice, and together with the societal partners to co-develop ways to design power-sensitive and conflict-aware environmental communication. We will work with the following cases: (1) urban development in Uppsala; (2) water management in rural areas in Västmanland; (3) land use planning in Sami territory.
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MISTRA Environmental Communication – Reframing communication for sustainability is a 4-year research programme that aims to reframe environmental communication, i.e., to mainstream an advanced and inclusive understanding of environmental communication in research, policy and practice such that it can effectively underpin and foster sustainability transformations.