The Noidanlukko cooperative – Pyhäjoki, Finland

finland_1Noidanlukko house “Information center Hanhikivi” © Vera Renella

CS team:

The CS in a nutshell:
Noidanlukko (eng. Witch’s Lock) cooperation is a grassroots network and platform for documenting, communicating and sharing knowledge on environmental and social impacts of nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki Finland and other industrial mega-projects in the region. Noidanlukko aims also to envision feasible decentralized alternatives for energy production, and integrates science, journalism, local knowledge, activism and art in its activities..

More information is available here.

About the area:
Noidanlukko cooperative has emerged as a response to planned nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki. Pyhäjoki municipality is located by the Baltic Sea in western Finland 100 km south-west of Oulu, in north Ostrobothnia region. It counts 3199 inhabitants and it covers 1 365 km2. The population density is 5.9 inhabitants/km2. The municipality includes Hanhikivi cape, a unique ecosystem and geologically exceptional area inhabited by various protected plants, birds and fishes. In addition to the ecological values, the Hanhikivi cape provides great opportunities for recreation with its sand and rocky beaches groves, and old-growth forests with fertile berry picking opportunities. Hanhikivi cape is also important site for cultural heritage with its uniquely and continuously changing landscape with uplift of the former sea bottom.

finlandLocation of the study site. © Google Earth Pro &

News and events:
EVENTSJanuary 19th-20th 2018 – Opening Event of Information Center Hanhikivi
The Noidanlukko cooperative, with funds received from the Grassroots Foundation, bought a house from Pyhäjoki. The house functions as Information center and in the future it will host visiting artists, researchers, activists and other people interested about the Noidanlukko initiative.

February 17th 2018 – Focus group with local stakeholders
The SIMRA focus group was arranged at the Noidanlukko Information center. The workshop was organized by University of Oulu.  Nine participants joined the focus group, all involved in Noidanlukko.