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Shifting Strategies between Generations in Sami Reindeer Husbandry: the Challenges of Maintaining Traditions while Adapting to a Changing Context

Axelsson Linkowski, Weronika and Fjellstrom, Anna-Maria and Sandstrom, Camilla and Westin, Anna and Östlund, Lars and Moen, Jon (2020). Shifting Strategies between Generations in Sami Reindeer Husbandry: the Challenges of Maintaining Traditions while Adapting to a Changing Context. Human Ecology. 48 , 481-490
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Abstract

Many traditional pastoralist systems are greatly impacted by cumulative encroachments of other land users and by climate change. Understanding land degradation and the adaptive capacity of people who are dependent on the rangelands is an urgent priority for many areas in the world. In this research we explore how changing environmental conditions affect herding strategies on winter pastures and the role of indigenous and local traditional knowledge (ILK) in Sami reindeer husbandry. Our results indicate that traditional Sami reindeer herding strategies are still practiced, but that rapidly changing environmental circumstances are forcing herders into uncharted territories where these traditional strategies and the transmission of knowledge between generations may be of limited use. For example, rotational grazing is no longer possible as all pastures are being used, and changes in climate result in unpredictable weather patterns unknown to earlier generations.

Authors/Creators:Axelsson Linkowski, Weronika and Fjellstrom, Anna-Maria and Sandstrom, Camilla and Westin, Anna and Östlund, Lars and Moen, Jon
Title:Shifting Strategies between Generations in Sami Reindeer Husbandry: the Challenges of Maintaining Traditions while Adapting to a Changing Context
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:48
Page range:481-490
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISSN:0300-7839
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Strategies, Encroachments, Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), Knowledge transmission, Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), Climate change, Rangelands, Sami reindeer herding, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107729
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107729
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s10745-020-00171-3
Web of Science (WoS)000560949700001
ID Code:17543
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
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Deposited On:05 Oct 2020 06:51
Metadata Last Modified:05 Oct 2020 06:51

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