3.4 Mobile Perspectives to Nordic Natures(s)
Corresponding working group convener: Olga Hannonen, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, email: email@example.com
Kati Pitkänen, Environmental Policy Centre, Finnish Environment Institute
Nordic rural areas are targeted by a diversity of mobilities and flows of internationalisation essentially related to the perception and consumption of nature. Natural environments attract and sustain activities such as international tourism, multi-local living and amenity migration. Nature brings health and well-being benefits and provides a source of livelihood for a growing number of foreign migrants in rural areas. Different cultural practices and norms, lack of knowledge and experience related to nature, however, can also become barriers for tourism, recreation and integration or create conflicts between locals, tourists and migrants. The views and perceptions on nature and use of nature vary between different users of rural areas. These different perspectives are an important knowledge to be incorporated in strategies of rural and tourism development and integration of immigrants into Nordic societies. In this session, we invite research papers that address the emerging human-nature relationships in the increasingly mobile and international rural North.