Mikhail Pogodaev, the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders has been nominated to be Executive Director of the Northern Forum. Pogodaev is Even and was raised in a reindeer herding family in Topolinoe, in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Pogodaev has been engaged in cooperation across the north between reindeer herding peoples since he was young, following in the footsteps of his mother, Maria Pogodaeva who played an important role in the early history and establishment of the Association of World Reindeer Herders after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This is a period of change for the Northern Forum and it is an exciting prospect that an indigenous person from reindeer husbandry could be selected to steer the organization through an exciting, but intensely challenging time in the North generally, and in small rural communities in particular.
You can read why ICR and WRH both thought to recommend Pogodaev to this position here and below:
The Daily Mail in the UK has run a story on the holes that have been appearing suddenly on the Yamal tundra, which is home to Russia’s largest sources of natural gas, most of which is shipped to Europe by pipeline and also the world’s largest single area of reindeer husbandry. There are many theories about why these holes are appearing now, and climate change would appear to be playing a role.
Scientists have found four new craters have been spotted in the region. Worryingly, one crater was found about 10 km from the extensive Bovanenkovo gas field.
Read the full story, with some great photos here.
Sametingsrådet inviterer til oppstartskonferanse i forbindelse med sametingsmelding om reindrift 25.-26.02.2015. Sted: Diehtosiida, Kautokeino
På mange måter står reindrifta i 2015 ved et veiskille.
Utfordringene er mange. Det føres en samfunns- og næringspolitikk som krever nye og større deler av eksisterende reinbeiteområdene. Den økonomiske utviklingen i reindriftsnæringa de siste årene er bekymringsfull, med økende kostnader og nedgang i inntektene. Et økende rovvilttrykk fører til store økonomiske tap og bekymringer.
Samtidig er det viktig å ha framtidstro. Den samiske reindrifta har en lang historie, den har gitt inntekt og liv til mennesker i århundrer. Reindrifta har alle muligheter for å utvikles som en bærekraftig næring samtidig som man holder fast på de dype røttene reindrifta har i den samiske kulturen. Reindrifta er en viktig del av samisk kultur og av det samiske samfunnet. Reindrifta selv og det samiske samfunnet må gå i front på veien som fører til en framtidig og livskraftig næring.
Sametinget skal, sett i forhold til de visjoner og mål vi har for et framtidig samisk samfunn, være med på å utforme de overordnede langsiktige målene og strategiene for reindriftsnæringa. Med en ny Sametingsmelding om reindrift, ønsker Sametingsrådet sammen med næringa å arbeide for en trygg framtid for reindrifta.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli–Corpuz will give an open lecture at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi on Wednesday the 25th February at 3 pm in Eelin Sali (Lecture hall 19).
In her lecture, Tauli–Corpuz will speak about her mandate and work as the Special Rapporteur in general in addition to her previous and upcoming reports and country visits.
The Special Rapporteur is one of the thematic special procedures appointed by Human Rights Council. In the fulfillment of her mandate, the Special Rapporteur promotes the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, receives and addresses communications about alleged human rights violations, conducts country-specific reports and thematic studies about the situations of indigenous peoples, and reports on her activities to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly.
The Second Arctic Human Development Report has just been published and can be downloaded for free from this link, published by Norden, the Nordic Council of Ministers. A good deal of the report deals with indigenous peoples, traditional livelihoods and reindeer herding in particular. Download the full report (500 pages) here.
From the abstract:
The goals of the second volume of the AHDR – Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages – are to provide an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; to highlight the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade; and, based on this assessment, to identify policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge, new and emerging Arctic success stories.
The production of AHDR-II on the tenth anniversary of the first AHDR makes it possible to move beyond the baseline assessment to make valuable comparisons and contrasts across a decade of persistent and rapid change in the North. It addresses critical issues and emerging challenges in Arctic living conditions, quality of life in the North, global change impacts and adaptation, and Indigenous livelihoods.
The assessment contributes to our understanding of the interplay and consequences of physical and social change processes affecting Arctic residents’ quality of life, at both the regional and global scales. It shows that the Arctic is not a homogenous region. Impacts of globalization and environmental change differ within and between regions, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners, between genders and along other axes.
After meeting with reindeer herding Dukha youth in Ulan Bator (see story and photos here) last week, Professor Svein Mathiesen and young Sami herder Issat Turi travelled to Northern Mongolia to meet with Dukha herders on the land to discuss the ongoing implementation of the Nomadic Herders project and heard from herders and their families at first hand why the future of herding peoples in the taiga is facing such difficulties.
We have just posted a new gallery of images from their visit to Dukha herders which you can view here.
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The Association of Word Reindeer Herders (WRH) and UArctic EALAT Institute (UEI) are currently in Ulan Bator, Mongolia meeting with Dukha youth to discuss the ongoing Nomadic Herders project. Mikhail Pogodaev (WRH Chair), Svein Mathiesen (UEI Professor) and Issat Turi (Sami reindeer herder) here are pictured meeting with Dukha youth in Ulan Bator, with a subsequent meeting with Dukha and Mongolian partners in a rather incongruously located Yurt on the top of a high rise in the city which is experiencing breakneck economic development, as is the whole country. See a photo gallery of the meeting here. The youth participants were
5. Hischimeg Bayandalai
7. Hongorzul Purevjav
At a previous UNEP Council meeting, ICR Director Anders Oskal met with CEO and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Dr. Naoko Ishii (here in the middle of the picture below). Oskal is also pictured with Tulga Buya, who was then Vice-Minister of Environment and Green Development Mongolia. Here they discussed the Nomadic Herders project.
Mr Tulga Buya, Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Anders Oskal.
We have just put up a new photo gallery from the EALLIN Executive Summary launch at the Arctic Frontiers conference held in Tromso a few weeks ago with HSH Prince Albert, held in collaboration with UArctic. All the pictures in this series are by professional photographer Olga Shavrina. View the full gallery here
Circumstances around the death of a 9 month old baby is under investigation. The child in reindeer herders family got sick in the beginning of January 2015.