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Norway ends conflict with reindeer herders over wind farm

Posted to Maritime Reporter on May 7, 2024

Norway has reached an agreement with Sami reindeer herders that enables the country's. largest wind farm to stay in operation, ending a disagreement over. Indigenous rights, the energy ministry said on Wednesday.

Norway's supreme court ruled in 2021 that the Storheia and. Roan wind farms in Fosen in main Norway breached Sami rights. under international conventions - prompting substantial demonstrations last. year over the protracted procedure to carry out the ruling.

A contract was reached in December with one group of. reindeer herders, in Fosen South, while a 2nd group, Fosen. North, had continued to oppose the wind farms.

Wednesday's agreement incorporated the northern group of. herders and operator Roan Vind, owned by Aneo, Germany's. Stadtwerke Muenchen and Nordic Wind Power, the Norwegian. ministry stated.

A representative for the herders confirmed that a settlement. had actually been signed.

The offer includes additional land, which we are totally. based on, Elise Holtan Pavall of the North Fosen reindeer. herder group informed Reuters.

Roan will pay annual compensation for the continued. operations, allowing the turbines to stand, the federal government stated.

This arrangement secures the rights of reindeer herders at. North Fosen both now and in the future, Roan Vind CEO Roger. Beite Faerestrand stated in a different declaration.

The contract consists of the procurement of additional winter. grazing rights and ban right for any strategies to extend the wind. farm's operating licences past the year 2045.

This suggests that the licensees can not apply for an extension. or renewal of the concession without authorization from the North. Fosen herders, the ministry stated.