Publication Details

Adams, M. (2003). A comparative analysis of indigenous peoples' interests and national park issues in arctic Sweden. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia.


Despite a number of high-profile joint-managed national parks, in Australia there are substantial unresolved issues between indigenous interests and conservation agencies. Conservation agencies have done little comparative international research. This period of Fellowship travel was to commence international field research on comparative analyses of indigenous peoples' interests and national park issues. The focus was investigation and analysis of the Swedish environment agency's policy history and outcomes concerning Saami people's [indigenous Scandinavians] use of national parks in the Laponia World Heritage Area for reindeer herding, hunting and gathering, and other cultural activities. Sweden has a highly comparable economic and social profile to Australia, and similar proportions of national park estate and indigenous populations to Australia. Policy frameworks have been evolving since 1971.