Finland’s Sámi face ‘cultural genocide’ as logging threatens their livelihoods

A plan which could see the practice increase by 30% will see indigenous community ‘disappear as a people’

01 July 2021 - 20:10 By Arthur Neslen

Sámi reindeer herders have been taking their animals to graze on the lichen in Finland’s northerly forests for hundreds of years, but community leaders say their way of life is being threatened by a potential increase in logging.

Logging could rise by more than 30% if a draft revision of Finland’s main forestry certification programme is approved, the ELY environmental protection department said, and unprotected forest in Sámi areas might not be exempt...

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