Development Days Conference 2024: Crises and Futures of/in Development

Aktiviteetti: EsitelmäKonferenssiesitelmä


Organized by the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR)
Venue: University of Helsinki

Presentation title by Kukka Ranta, University of Lapland: Green Transition in the Sámi area - Sápmi and the Well-being of the Sámi Indigenous People

Abstract: The Indigenous People Sámi have multiple burdens to carry. Over the past centuries and decades, every region and generation in traditional Sámi territories have had their own experiences of forced assimilation and loss of lands. Current generations are still trying to adapt their culture to the environmental changes that occurred during previous generations, which is further complicated by the new challenges brought by climate change. Traditional lands and Sámi livelihoods are threatened by new growing industrial land use pressures under Europe's new growth strategy of the Green Deal. In my paper, based on my PhD research work in progress, I present what green transition looks like in the traditional Sami lands with case examples. I find out what a just transition means from indigenous rights viewpoint and ask what kind of challenges the "green" energy transition means for the Sámi from the perspective of settler colonialism. States and companies are boosting investments in the green transition with extensive land use plans. At the same time, debate, and regulations on climate justice in relation to indigenous rights are only at the beginning. How does the fast- moving industrial development effect the rights and well-being of the Sámi Indigenous People? Ultimately, my paper opens a debate on how legal frameworks configure the relations between green transition and indigenous rights.
Aikajakso15 helmik. 2024
Tapahtuman otsikkoDevelopment Days 2024 Conference: Crises and Futures in/of Development
Tapahtuman tyyppiKonferenssi
SijaintiHelsinki, SuomiNäytä kartalla
Vaikuttavuus / laajuusKansainvälinen


  • Vihreä siirtymä
  • saamelaiset
  • Ennakkosuostumus
  • FPIC
  • Asuttajakolonialismi
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Sámi
  • indigenous rights
  • alkuperäiskansaoikeus