[posted on 02 February 2010]
the integrity of sacred natural sites in technologically developed
(Lapland), Finland, 30 June-4 July 2010
Delos Initiative on ‘sacred natural sites in technologically developed
countries’ was launched in 2004, in the framework of the Specialist
Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas of IUCN/WCPA.
The Initiative is co-ordinated jointly by Thymio Papayannis (Med-INA)
and Josep-Maria Mallarach (Silene).
Two workshops have been organised
up to now. Delos1 in Montserrat (Catalonia), Spain on 23-26 November
2006 and Delos2 in Ouranoupolis (Mt Athos), Greece on 24-28 November
2007. Their proceedings were published in 2007 and 2009.
‘Conserving the integrity of
sacred natural sites in technologically developed countries’
The following objectives have been
agreed for this third Delos working meeting:
Respecting sacred natural sites related to indigenous
and minority faiths in technologically developed countries (based on
the Sámi people in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia).
Guidance for sustainable management of mainstream
holy / sacred lands.
Arrival at Inari is planned on
Wednesday 30 June. The meetings will take place between Thursday and
Saturday 1-3 July, and combined with visits to Sámi Museum, Nature
Centre and important sites in Inari including a half-day boat trip to
Ukonkivi Island, which is a sacred site for the Sámi people, and
enjoying the midnight sun. Departure from Inari will be on Sunday, 4
Given the character of the
Workshop, participation will be limited to 20 active participants by
invitation, who will be expected to contribute papers to the meeting.
There will also be approximately 10 observers.
If you are interested, please
contact the organiser (see below) to be considered for an invitation.
Also indicate whether you would require financial assistance for travel
The meeting venue would be ‘Siida
- The Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre’ in Inari (see
starting from there or
it is possible to obtain information on the venue, surrounding
nature and culture, and opportunities for activities. The participants
would be accommodated in two hotels nearby.
Metsähallitus Natural Heritage
Services, manager of Finnish protected areas (www.metsa.fi)
Responsible for the
Institute for Nature and Anthropos)
23 Voucourestiou Street,
10671 Athens, Greece
T: +30 210 3600712-4, F:
+30 210 3629338, E:
Akselinkatu 8, FI-57139
+358 40 7340 684, E:
and the local staff