What do we do in Vindelälven-Juhtatdahka?
To be a Biosphere reserve candidate essentially means two things; On the one hand, to write a Biosphere application and, on the other hand, to plan and organize the work of our future Biosphere reserve.
To write a biosphere application
In order to become a Biosphere reserve, an application to UNESCO must be written. The application is based on a template with about 150 specific questions to answer, describing how the area looks today both biologically and culturally. It is important to describe what is already being done and also what needs to be done to ensure to meet the criterias for a biosphere reserve.
To build a Biosphere reserve
Anchorage through local involvement. The Vindel river engages a large number of people. That was manifested already during the fight against expansion of hydro power plants in the 60’s. Then people, both in and far outside the valleys of the Vindel and the Lais river, were joined in protest actions that spread all over Sweden. This strong commitment still remains today. There is a crisis awareness in the valley of the river, and it is believed in many ways that biosphere work should have started already 40-50 years ago and that it is now really about time to pull together. But even if the will and commitment is present, the population is today small and in many places also older. This places demands on the forms of participation in a future Biosphere reserve.
Vindelälven-Juhtatdahkas focal areas
• Living landscapes
• Sustainable fishing in healthy lakes, watercourses and sea
• The tourism sector and outdoor life for all
• Thriving reindeer herding
• Development of local communities
• Diversity of cultural expression
During the candidate period, the area should, as far as possible, act as a Biosphere reserve. One way to clearly work for sustainable development of the area is to financially support new sustainable initiatives. In addition to launching sustainable activities in the area, the venture also provides spotlight on biosphere work. Interest and credibility also increase since not all money is used for the administration of biosphere candidacy, but also directly to those who live and / or work in the Biosphere reserve.
Biosphere Ambassador Education
During the fall of 2018, we are going to hold an education to become an ambassador for our biosphere candidacy. The more Biosphere ambassadors who talk about biosphere activities and the unique qualities of the area (with family, friends, colleagues, etc.), the better it is!