Lofoten Game of the Future/History[more
[Formerly Prisoners Park].Kabelvåg, Lofoten Islands,
A public park opposite the Art
school in Kabelvåg, Norway. This park was formerly
called Prisoners Park, as the current art school used
to be the prison and city hall. Prisoners were known
to work in the park.
was dedicated to princess Mette-Marit.
2001: Park renamed: Mette-Marit Park.
2001: Fountain Installed in center of park. Walkway's
made, and 4 benches installed around fountain.
Future of Lofoten remains untold.
Currently fishing is the number one industry in Lofoten,
second only to Oil which is Norway's number one industry.
Set in an environmentally unique location, Lofoten offers
a diverse set of pleasures. The islanders are constantly
addressing the notion of survival within this extreme
and remote location. At the moment the island depends
on its location for income; fishing, oil, and tourism.
Due to environmental issues and over-fishing, this fragile
ecology of the economy and environment has been challenged
to strike a balance between preservation, conservation
Big interests are at stake and in the comming years
decicions will be made that heavily affects the future
and direction of the island community. Some of the interests
are directly oppositional as you can read below. The
game: "Lofoten Game of the
Future" plays these interests out against
each other to open for discussion on possible combinations,
and different outcomes for the future.
1) The oil industry is lobbying heavily
to get rights to use the oil resources outside of Lofoten,
this could bring wealth to Lofoten, but also damage
the natural resources and fishing which the island is
2) Tourism in Lofoten is underdeveloped
compared to other places. The future question is: Will
international corporations bring luxury hotels and mass
tourism or can a sustainable tourism be imagined that
benefits the local community and culture?
3) Fishing which has been the traditional
source of income for the island is undergoing changes.
Big trawlers are buying the fish kvotas and often unloading
in other countries, in addition possibly damaging wildlife
with their trawls. Policy changes on a national level
could make costal fishery viable again and thereby support
a living fishing community.
4) The nature and wildlife of lofoten
is unike any in Norway and the world. Currently, the
possibility of Lofoten being protected and declaired
a UNESCO world heritage site is being examined. This
would limit the possibility for the oil industry and
maybe fishing and would radically change the outlook.
One would have to invent industry and tourism that would
not damage the environment.
The Lofoten islands are a large group of islands off
the North West coast of Norway.
They are home to the world's largest cod and herring
stocks, shoals of sperm and killer whales and extensive
sea bird colonies.
The waters also contain the world's biggest cold water
coral reef, which was discovered and protected only