From Knowledge to Action: How to Protect Sacred Sites of Indigenous Peoples in the North?

  • Leena HeinämäkiEmail author
  • Thora Martina Herrmann
Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)


By taking into consideration the diverse contributions presented in this book, and by intertwining them with the overall approach presented in our introduction, this concluding chapter aims to summarise key messages and strategies for supporting Sacred Natual Sites (SNSs) and related indigenous cultural heritage. It does so in a form of introducing and analysing the Statement and Recommendations on: “Recognizing and Safeguarding Sacred Sites of Indigenous Peoples in Northern and Arctic Regions” (The Conference Statement hereafter) (Pyhätunturi Statement 2013), which was mentioned in the introduction of this volume. The process of writing the Conference Statement was guided by Bas Verschuuren, who serves as co-Chair of IUCN’s Specialist group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and is co-founder of the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative, to whom we would like to express a special gratitude.


Sacred sites protection Sacred sites custodians 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM), Arctic CentreUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland
  2. 2.University of Arctic Legal Thematic Network on Arctic LawRovaniemiFinland
  3. 3.Département de géographieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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