Traditional Sami clothing in Jokkmokk Sweden
Traditional Sami clothing in Jokkmokk Sweden. Photo credit: Let Ideas Compete (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr

It is shown how practice is moving toward co-management and community-owned IA, with developments driven by strong indigenous demands and political recognition of
material rights to lands and resources. Yet, while influence in IA has allowed for shaping project outcomes it has rarely supported the rejection of unwanted projects altogether. Moreover, some jurisdictions, such as Scandinavia, retain a much more limited consultation and notification approach.

Community influence tends to be in evidence generation and follow-up while developers or state authorities retain control over decisive phases of scoping and significance determination. It is argued that indigenous participation is most meaningful through IA co-management that takes places directly with the state and throughout all IA phases, complemented with strategic community-owned IA.