Snowchange Coooperative of Finland is urgently seeking funding to conserve 128 hectares of fully intact middle/north boreal marshmire of international importance slated for open market auction. There is a danger of peat production that would destroy the natural values and the ecosystem of a globally significant marshmire. Kuusikkoaapa is one of the remaining unprotected natural marshmires in Ranua community. Non-profit Snowchange Cooperative runs the Landscape Rewilding Programme and will acquire, conserve, and protect the site.
The Kuusikkoaapa is considered a aapa mire of international importance for its value as a carbon sink, a biodiversity hotspot, particularly for Arctic waders, and a key area for natural water protection. If purchased, the site will receive a national conservation status equal to IUCN 1b Strict Natural Protection.
Non-profit Snowchange Cooperative is a network of northern traditional and Indigenous communities. The land purchase will benefit the traditional land uses and needs of the local community of Ranua. Kuusikkoaapa will be used as a recreational, traditional land use area, including cultural and traditional well-being of Ranua community. Representatives of Ranua be involved in the steering and co-governance all conservation and future actions, including inventories and to-be-established ranger programs.
If you are interested in supporting this project please use the form to the right to submit an inquiry.