(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Oral histories as a baseline of landscape restoration – co-management and watershed knowledge in Jukajoki river

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, FINLANDE


This article explores local oral histories and communal written texts (Sámi times, Savo-Karelian times and the industrial age) and their role in the damaged watershed of Jukajoki located in Kontiolahti and Joensuu municipalities, North Karelia, Finland. Firstly, it demonstrates that local knowledge, including optic histories, provides information about pre-industrial fisheries, fish ecology and behaviour and bird habitats. Secondly, it shows that empirical oral histories conceptualize collaborative governance with a formal role of local ecological knowledge as a future management option for this area. It concludes that watershed restoration and associated baseline information benefits from the oral histories recorded with people who still remember pre-industrial and pre-war ecosystems and their qualities


Article of periodic

published at : Fennia (Helsinki, 2010) / ISSN 1798-5617

Editor : University of Turku, Turku - FINLANDE (2010)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 191, no2 [pp. 76-91]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.




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