Categories Council, Europe and Russia, Finland, People

Dr. Aili Pyhälä

Secretary of the Council

Based in Finland. After years of working and living in Amazonia and Africa, gaining direct experience with protected areas, indigenous peoples, participatory processes, and social and environmental justice issues, Aili returned to Europe. Now based in Finland, she is pursuing her research interests in indigenous peoples’ knowledge and rights, alternative education, conservation psychology, global responsibility, human-nature relations, and cross-cultural notions of wellbeing. She has researched and worked with a number of sustainability and wellbeing indicators, and has close to twenty years of experience evaluating development cooperation projects worldwide. A trained perma-culturist, fluent in 8 languages, and with professional experience in 25 countries, she enjoys teaching, facilitating events, and promoting cross-cultural communication and exchange. Aili is an Honorary Member of the ICCA Consortium.