Participation in a large Arctic city : the possibilities of PPGIS for improving interaction
|Author:||Kantola, Sini1; Tuulentie, Seija2|
1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Natural Resources Institute Finland, Rovaniemi, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020060440614
|Publish Date:|| 2021-05-22
Like innumerable areas worldwide, northern and Arctic areas are experiencing rapid urbanization. The land is often publicly owned in the main, and there are many interests focusing on the same areas. Different activities lead to specific challenges in land use management in regard to public participation. There are guidelines and legal norms for participation in Finland from the municipality to the ministry level, but the style and rate of participation vary a lot from city to city. In this article the potential of public participatory geographic information systems (PPGIS) is examined in the Arctic city, Rovaniemi. The research questions are: How has participation in land use planning and decision-making been implemented in the context of sparsely populated Arctic city the past and present times? How do the interviewees see the potential of the use of PPGIS? Attitudes towards PPGIS were positive, but the implementation of all types of participation data, such as PPGIS data, was seen as vague and weak. Challenges of the participation were associated with poor communication, insufficient information, and lack of trust. Nature values and local opinions were considered to be at risk of being overshadowed by economic values.
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014–2020 program is gratefully acknowledged for funding the project Building Shared Knowledge capital to support natural resource governance in the Northern periphery (BuSK), with which this research is associated. In addition, the Fulbright Finland Foundation, the University of Montana, and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute are gratefully acknowledged for making it possible to write this article.
© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Polar Geography on 22 May 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2020.1767709.