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Senior Arctic Officials gather for third meeting during Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

November 2, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

              As the Arctic Council web-site reports, on 1-2 November 2018, the Arctic Council gather in Rovaniemi, Finland for the third Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting held during the Chairmanship of Finland (2017-2019). The meeting brings together representatives from the eight Arctic States, the six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, six Working Groups, two Task Forces, one Expert Group and over 30 Observer states and organizations.

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World Reindeer Herders at the Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Rovaniemi

October 30, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) meeting took place in Rovaniemi, Finland, on 29-30 October 2018. Interesting discussions were held about progress updates from SDWG projects, which aim to foster sustainable development in the Arctic and address socio-economic challenges in the region.

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Nature Climate Change published an article on “Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge”

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Migration of Sámi reindeer, which are threatened by climate change and land encroachment, constraining flexibility and adaptation responses. Credit: Ánne Kátjá Gaup

A unique research cooperation in the field of Saami linguistic, climatology, economy and biology by: Eira, Oskal, Hanssen-Bauer, & Mathiesen is published in todays Nature Climate Change with the title «Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge” . Climate change already affects the spring pastures for reindeer in Finnmark with increased air temperature. From 1922 to 2018 the spring temperature increased by about 3 ° C. Impacts are getting worse since traditional Indigenous knowledge is lacking in governance strategies. Increased use of the best available adaptation knowledge must the key strategy for sustainable development in a changing Arctic. Our research team started to work together in IPY EALAT 2007 and our cooperation was broughted forward in the Climate Research project RIEVDAN led by Saami University of Applied Science and International Centre for Reindeer Husndandry, in Guovdageaidnu, Norway, supported by Research Council of Norway and by the INTERACT project. This the first article of several addressing indigenous knowledge and adaptation in reindeer husbandry. As part of the Springer Nature Content Sharing Initiative, you can now view-only version of this paper by using the Shared link: https://rdcu.be/bajBG 

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See the joint Statement of Ministers from the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial

October 29, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

The Ministers representing the eight Arctic States (Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark – here represented by Ministers of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland -, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Swedem and the United States), fifteen further States…

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Canada will work with other nations to protect the vulnerable Arctic

October 28, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

According to CISION, Arctic science and Indigenous knowledge key to making the Arctic more resilient

OTTAWA, Oct. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – The Arctic is the fastest warming place on Earth. Indigenous knowledge combined with Arctic research is essential to helping the government better understand how to protect northern regions against the impacts of climate change.

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2nd Arctic Science Ministerial opens in Berlin

October 25, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment
Ellen Inga Turi, Vice Chair of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples´ Secretariat at the opening session of the Arctic Sciene Forum

The Science Forum brings together researchers from all over the world to discuss the future course of Arctic research with representatives from international and indigenous organizations and decision-makers in science policy.

The agenda of the Science Forum focuses on three themes that will be addressed in different rounds of discussions and presentations:

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Arctic Council Permanent Participants gathered prior to the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial

October 24, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) has invited all Permanent participant (PP) of the Arctic Council Wednesday 24 October, 17:00 – 20:00 to Regent Berlin Hotel (Charlottenstrasse 49, 10117 Berlin)
prior to the beginning of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial meeting. WRH will host this side event for indigenous organizations to discuss agendas of the Science Forum and the Ministerial.

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October 23, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment
photo by Svein D. Mathiesen

October 22, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Anders Oskal participated in the opening of the new Chinese Arctic Research Station in Akureyri Iceland, with the leadership of Chinese Polarinstitute

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Two thousand participants at Arctic Circle assembly in Reykjavik

October 22, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

                     Over two thousand people from 60 different countries are taking part in the Arctic Circle assembly at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. This is the fifth time that the assembly takes place.

The assembly was founded by former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

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Discussing Barents cooperation

October 21, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlogLeave a comment

On October 15-16 about 150 participants were gathered in Tromsø (Norway) to discuss barent cooperation and the Barents Secretariat’s project funding.

Elna Sara and Mikkel Anders Kemi from the Interantional Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) took part at the conference and shared the ICR’s  and Association of World Reindeer Herders work and results on the Arctic Council project EALLU about indigenous youth, food culture and traditional knowldge. The Barents Secretariat has been supporting activities aimed to engage reindeer herding youth, to document and preserve traditional knowledge, to encourage people-to-people cooperation. The Barents Secretariat has also been a great supporter to the creation of the EALLU book about traditional food and knowledge, which has become the best book of the year at the Gourmand Awards. 

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