Ecological Carrying Capacity

The ecological carrying capacity of a specific tourism destination is expressed in the maximum number of visitors and/or tourism operations and activities that the destination in question can sustain without the deterioration of the environment. The needs of the Sámi community’s natural resource utilisation must be taken into primary consideration when assessing the ecological carrying capacity regarding the needs of tourism-related utilisation of resources. The needs of the local Sámi communities include, for example, traditional livelihoods, the usufructuary rights and areas as well as other existing land use and utilisation of natural resources.