Hiedanpää, Juha, & Jani Pellikka (2021). Homecoming without nostalgia: Local communities and the reintroduction of the wild forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus sennicus) in Finland. Environmental Values. (ePub in advance of print) (doi: 10.3197/096327121X16081160834722)

Abstract: Wildlife translocations often raise concerns about the purpose and impact among people living in target locations. We applied the integrated impact assessment in planning the reintroduction of wild forest reindeer in Finland. We investigated the variety of expected socioecological impacts, the relative importance of these impacts and local willingness to participate in local-level reintroduction activities. The reintroduction project organised interactive forums in 2013 and 2016 in each of the four regions suitable for wild forest reindeer. The variety of recognised potential impacts was high, but the relative importance given to the expected impacts varied relatively little from forum to forum. Importantly, we found a contextual and relational value of wild forest reindeer that extended beyond their intrinsic and instrumental value. The results indicate high local acceptance of reintroduction and willingness to participate in it.

Juha Hiedanpää <juha.hiedanpaa@luke.fi> and Jani Pellikka <jani.pellikka@luke.fi> are with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Helsinki, Finland.

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