Inari Workshop

The third workshop of the DELOS Initiative

The third workshop of the Delos Initiative took place from 1 to 3 July In Inari, Lapland, Finland. It was organised jointly by the Delos Initiative and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services that was the local organiser and host. Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services manages Finland’s state owned protected areas, including 35 national parks. The Ministry of the Environment and the IUCN National Committee of Finland also supported the event. The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida at Inari, Finland was the venue of the workshop.

The indigenous Sámi people participated in the Delos 3 Workshop as keynote speakers and observers. The President of the Finnish Sámi Parliament Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi and Sámi Museum Director Tarmo Jomppanen welcomed the sacred natural site experts to Finnish Sámi homeland. Researchers from Norway and Finland shed also light on Sámi culture.

The workshop was attended by 30 participants from 14 countries. The theme of the meeting was ‘Diversity of Sacred Lands in Europe’. Interconnectiveness between human beings and the natural world, as well as the respect of indigenous people for nature emerged as key issues during the workshop. The participants were particularly impressed by the Sámi traditions and profound relation to nature, as well as the close co-operation between their Parliament and the Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services.

In addition, the diversity of SNS in Europe and that of the minority faiths in the broader continent were examined during workshop sessions. Moreover, the management of lands of mainstream religions and of monastic communities was also addressed, and an evaluation of the IUCN-UNESCO Guidelines for Managers of Protected Areas on SNS was made.

The workshop programme included a visit to a Sámi sacred site the Ukonsaari Island on Lake Inari and a hike to Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. Ukonsaari is recognised under the Delos Initiative.

The workshop proceedings will be published in book form in 2011 and will include texts of the contributions presented during the meeting.

Local Host

Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services, manager of Finnish protected areas

The Delos3 Workshop | Diversity of Sacred Lands in Europe

Inari (Lapland), Finland, 1-3 July 2010

The Aanaar / Inari Statement


Benally Jeneda

Save the Peaks Coalition – Founder

Catanoiou, Sebastian

Vanatori Neamt Nature Park – Manager

Chryssomalis, Christos

Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works – General Direction of Environment

Davydov, Alexander

Institute of Ecological Problems of the North – Head of the Laboratory of Nature Protected Areas and Ecology of Culture

Gregorios, Father

Gregoriou Monastery, Representative of the Holy Community of Mount Athos

Filippou, Ioannis

University of Thessaloniki - Professor

Foutri, Angeliki

Med-INA Secretariat

Han, Kyung-Koo

Kookmin University – Professor

Kakouros, Petros

Greek Biotope / Wetland Centre – Forester

Katsimpas, Charalampos

Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works – General Direction of Environment

Lyratzaki, Irini

Med-INA Scientific Secretariat – Social Anthropologist

Mallarach, Josep-Maria

President of the Silene Association – Delos Initiative Co ordination – Environmental consultant

Nantsou, Theodota

WWF Greece – Policy Coordinator

Oviedo, Gonzalo

IUCN – Senior Adviser, Social Policy

Papayannis, Thymio

Med-INA director – Delos Initiative Co ordination - Architect, planner, environmentalist

Pungetti, Gloria

Cambridge Centre for Landscape and People - Director

Theoxeni, Sister

Chryssopighi Monastery – Mother Superior

Theosemni, Sister

Chryssopighi Monastery

Tziritis, Dimitrios

Prefecture of Halkidiki

Verschuuren, Bas

Earthcollective Wageningen University and research centre – Scientific researcher – IUCN Taskforce on Cultural and Spiritual Values Deputy Leader

Wild, Robert

LTS International – IUCN Taskforce on Cultural and Spiritual Values Leader

Zouanat, Zakia

Institute of African Studies, Mohammed Vth University, Rabat – Anthropologist, researcher