When speaking of drones, military uses spring to mind. This is changing however and their shrinking size and falling prices have meant that people are using drones for an increasingly wide range of activities. Ovttas (ovttas.no) commissioned Luftfoto Finnmark to film a reindeer roundup at a corral just south of Kautokeino using a drone. The results are stunning. See below..
District Department of Agriculture, Trade and Food prepared and submitted for approval to the governor’s office draft decree “On the allocation of the emergency reserve fund of the Yamal autonomous district’s government”. The project prioritized events for elimination of critical emergency, related to the loss of reindeer, and sum of expenses. According to operative data, the number of dead reindeer is now about 15 thousand.
On the basis of the represented needs of municipalities for the elimination of critical emergency from the reserve fund there will be allocated 31,590 million rubles.
Reindeer herders also will be supported with financial support. There also will be providing with carbohydrate-vitamin-mineral supplements, feed concentrates, as well as fuel, purchase of veterinary medicines and firewood for reindeer herders in remote areas.
February 26, Moscow. The Presidium of Expert Council in Arctic and Antarctic under the Chairman of the Federation Council of Russia had a session today conducted by Artur Chilingarov, with main topic “Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation: status of legal support, problems and solutions”.
The session was attended by the Chairman of Yamal Legislative Assembly, Sergey Kharyuchi. According to press-service of Yamal Legislative Assembly, Sergey will report to the participants of the session about challenges of indigenous peoples of the Arctic, and will suggest possible solutions. In his speech Sergey Kharyuchi plans to focus on the issues of improvement of federal legislation in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights development in line with current international principles, that, in his opinion, in the last few years are “stalled”: “There is a persistent tendency to diminish indigenous peoples’ rights. Many problems can not be solved for decades. They are raised and discussed, and for years they migrate from one progressive document to another. For example, the federal law on “Territories of Traditional Nature Use” is been ‘lying without movement’ for 30 years and it is not been implemented. At that time, whole families and even clans are been deprived of their ancestral territories, hunting grounds (and fisheries, pastures), sacred, ritual places and graves”.
Also according to Sergey Kharyuchi’s opinion, these issues require immediate solutions: the questions about documenting national identity of persons belonging to indigenous peoples; establishing procedures for granting the document confirming the maintenance of nomadic and semi-nomadic lifestyle; the constitutional rights to housing and a number of other important issues.
Source : ЦС КМНС
According to local administration, young indigenous people in the North of Russia – Kamchatka, participated in a meeting devoted to occupational guidance. The meeting was conducted by Valentina Bronevich, vice-chairman of the Government of Kamchatka region. The main issue to discuss was to promote youth employment in reindeer husbandry of the region.
The meeting gathered around 30 participants, among them were residents from Khailino village, Apuka village, Ossora village and Srednie Pakhachi village. All the participants expressed their interest and concern about salary of reindeer herders, issues of education and employment into reindeer husbandry, and measures of state and local administration support for those who choose this profession for themselves.
Natalia Nitsenko, the head of Employment and Migration Policy Department of Kamchatskiy region, Vladimir Kleymenov, head of “PO Kamchatolenprom” enterprise, and representatives of regional ministries and departments of Kamchatskiy region were answering to the questions addressed by young people.
Yesterday the city on the Neva river, Saint-Petersburg, greeted a very distinguished guest – Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Haakon arrived to Saint-Petersburg for three days duration accompanied by State Secretary of Norway, Bård Glad Pedersen; Deputy Minister at Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Dilek Ayhan; Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Kåre Fostervold. The main purpose of the official visit is to support the Norwegian-Russian economic cooperation.
The program of the Royal visit is quite intensive: Prince Haakon will open new offices at the General Consulate of Norway in Saint-Petersburg; he will have a meeting with students and professors at the Baltic University, which had a number of joint programs with the University of Nordland for more than20 years; His Royal Highness is planning to visit Leningrad region, where he will open new factory at the Fedorovskoe park; Prince Haakon will participate in the conference “Russia and Norway – Strategic Partnership in Business”. And on February 27th the Crown Prince of Norway will have a meeting with the governor of Saint-Petersburg – Sergey Poltavchenko.
The internet in the Sami area has lit up in the last week due to the special performance of a young South Sami reindeer herder from Sweden. Jon Henrik Fjällgren is a participant in Talang Sverige, a Swedish version of American Idol.
He joiks his best friend Daniel, who tragically lost his life in an accident. It is an exquisite tribute to his friend, very moving and beautifully done. In only one week it has been viewed over 150,000 times.
(Source: UNESCO) Local communities develop nuanced systems of knowledge specific to their natural surroundings. The Sami language is a prime example of that intimate relationship between the physical environment and language. Located in the Arctic, Sami reindeer herders have developed a sophisticated terminology to describe their unique and variable milieu, which reveals interrelated-aspects of the impacts of climate change.
Sami reindeer herding is practiced in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. One of the centres for herding, in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino), Northern Norway, involves 1,700 people and 93,500 reindeer. Snow covers the ground more than seven months of the year and reindeer survival is dependent on the ability to access
lichen through the snow. Given the extremely variable conditions of the Arctic, the Sami must make timely strategic decisions to ensure the herd’s well-being.
(Source: Globe and Mail, Canada) Tracts of land that had been set aside for reindeer grazing in Canada’s North have instead been offered up by the Conservative government for oil and gas exploration, newly released documents show.
Companies interested in obtaining petroleum exploration rights in the Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Sea region of the Northwest Territories were asked last year to nominate blocks of land that they wanted to see included in a subsequent call for bids.
Reindeer-grazing reserves near the communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk were among the lands that were included in that call for nominations, pending a necessary amendment to an order-in-council imposed in 2010.
Documents show officials at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada have discussed just such an amendment in order to allow the reindeer-grazing land to be included in the bidding for exploration licences.
“Most Crown lands in the Mackenzie Delta are withdrawn from disposal under an order-in-council to allow for a reindeer-grazing reserve,” says a briefing note to a top department official from last August.
February 18, 2013
Permanent Participants drafted their statement of principles which are in discussion at the session today. This statement currently contains 11 principals on the Traditional knowledge and its use in the Arctic Council.This document will first be considered by the Sustainable Development working group and then will be addressed to a higher level of the Arctic Council process. “Practical tool for declaration came out of the workshop, a document highlighting the challenges and solutions of engagement of TK holders, importance of youth, elders and both genders…”
According to BarentsObserver, the new plant will be based on the resources of the Salmanovskoye and Geofizicheskoye fields, both located on the eastern bank of the Ob Bay in the peninsula of Gydan. The total resources of the fields amount to about 380 billion cubic meters, the company informs.
The federal government has approved the plans and project development is due to start in 2018, Itar-Tass reports.