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The Russian Sami Co-Management Project

The Russian Sami Co-Management Project was initiated by the Arctic Institute of North America, the Russian Kola Sami Association and the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1995.



The project introduced the concept of natural resources co-management to Russia, utilizing Canadian methodology (participatory action research) and Russian research trainees.

In this process a set of land-use and occupancy maps were prepared for the first time in the Kola Peninsula and are published in the book Sami Potatoes: Living with Reindeer and Perestroika (Robinson and Kassam 1998). In October 2000 Sami Potatoes was published in Russian. This project was funded by the University of Calgary Gorbachev Foundation.