IndGov: Indigenous-industry governance interactions in the Arctic. Environmental impacts and knowledge basis for management.

Participants: Camilla Brattland (lead until August 2017),  Else Grete Broderstad (lead from October 2017), Dorothee Schreiber, Catherine Howlett, Vera Hausner, Einar Eythórsson, Horatio Sam-Aggrey, master student(s). 

Old fisher out tending his cod nets from his open fishing boat in Gáivuotna-Kåfjord.
Photo: Camilla Brattland



Objectives: This project is funded by the Fram Centre (MIKON flagship) and aims at gaining a) comparative knowledge of successful industry-indigenous governance mechanisms for application in northern communities, and b) identify criteria for successful integration of traditional knowledge in ecosystem-based management and environmental impact assessments.


Master stipends:

The IndGov project issues master stipends of NOK 30.000 to conduct specific tasks related to mapping of reindeer husbandry land use in collaboration with Vera Hausner and Per Sandström (the TriArc project). Contact Camilla Brattland or Else Grete Broderstad for more information.

The international emphasis on local knowledge systems in environmental governance (i.e. the IPBES) challenge existing systems to develop new ways for solving environmental problems and to assess impacts. Common to several Arctic countries is a need for integrated assessments of environmental impacts that are inclusive of indigenous and local knowledge, and for governance mechanisms that effectively resolve conflicts between extractive industries and indigenous stakeholders. The IndGov project is connected to the TriArc project, and aims to learn from successful indigenous-industry governance arrangements as well as successful ways of including traditional knowledge in the knowledge basis for management. Focusing on expanding industrial activities in relation to reindeer husbandry and small-scale fisheries, the goals will be accomplished through conducting a series of stakeholder workshops with the mining, green (electric power) and aquaculture industries and indigenous rights- and stakeholders. Indigenous actors, industry representatives as well as representatives from the environmental sector are invited to enter into a dialogue on particular environmental and governance issues in the intersection between industry and indigenous land use in the Arctic. The stakeholder workshops will have a special emphasis on learning from “best practice” cases in Sweden, Canada (British Columbia) and New Zealand, to facilitate dialogue on problems and innovative solutions for sustainable indigenous-industry relations. The first workshop was conducted in Tysfjord, Nordland County in October 2017 and focussed on interactions with the aquaculture and mining industries (report available in 2019). The second workshop was held in Kiruna, Sweden, in October 2018 where interactions between the mining industry (LKAB) and the nearby Sami villages around Kiruna were discussed. The final workshop will be held at the Fram Centre in Tromsø in the fall of 2019, where the focus will be on interactions between green industries, focusing on electric power development, and reindeer husbandry. Report from the first

project year (2017) is available here.