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Yamal Reindeer Herders Fight Against Poachers

July 16, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaChallengesLeave a comment

Nenets reindeer herderIndigenous peoples of Yamal complain about numerous death of reindeer this winter. The reason of this death loss is not only very severe winter but also poaching. 

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UNEP Year ebook Update 2014 – Rapid Change in the Arctic

July 12, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

unep-yearbook-2014-190pxThe Arctic is changing twice as fast in terms of warming as the rest of the world. What happens to migratory species in the Arctic will affect what happens in the overwintering grounds of those species, and what happens to the melting glaciers and permafrost thaw will affect sea level rise in the rest of the world.

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The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry video ‘Keepers of the Land’ video is featured in this ebook.

Planned Powerline Concerns Reindeer Herders (Barents Observer)

July 11, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Challenges, ReindeerLeave a comment

Some reindeer herders are concerned that a planned Statnett powerline from Balsfjord to Hammerfest could interfere with herding in Finnmark.

Reindeer might avoid the planned powerline from as far away as five kilometers, reducing the amount of area herders can use, said Anders Eira, a reindeer herder and a senior adviser in the Sami group Protect Sápmi, to the BarentsObserver.

A 150-kilometer segment of the project is expected to be completed by 2018 but there is no definite timetable for the remaining 350 kilometers.

Eira said the powerline will go through 30 herding districts and could affect as many as 300 herders. He said he is particularly concerned about reindeer seeing ultraviolet light from the powerline.

According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, in order to adapt to the extreme seasonal light changes of the Arctic region, a reindeer’s eyes do not block out all ultraviolet rays.

(see Statnet’s information page about this project here.

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Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Sakha Republic) entered into an international network of World reindeer herders and UArctic EALAT Institute

June 25, 2014 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

agreementIn Kautokeino in the northern Norway was signed an agreement on cooperation between the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Cherskii village, Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. This was made possible thanks to the development of cooperation between the college and the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the Ministry of professional education, training and placement of the personnel of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

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New Documents Uploaded to UArctic EALÁT Insitute Pages

June 7, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Logo UEI A new document pages has been added to the UArctic EALÁT Insitute Project pages. Just uploaded is an Activity List for 2011-14 and a presentation by Association of World Reindeer Herders Executive Chair and project leader Mikhail Pogodaev which he made recently in Umea, Sweden.

See the documents pages here.

Meeting about the EALLIN project at the Herzen University

June 4, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaEALLIN, ProjectsLeave a comment

EALLIN Herzen4 June, 2014. The EALLIN project leader Mikhail Pogodaev, and representatives of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – Anna Degteva, Svetlana Avelova and Alena Gerasimova, who also involved in the project, had a meeting with indigenous students from different reindeer herding regions of the Russian Federation at the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ of the North at the Herzen University.

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Voice of a young reindeer herder about nomadic family

June 2, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaChallenges, EALLIN, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment
Игорь Колесов

Igor is hunting in taiga. Photo by Yuri Kokovin

Facing the second reading of the draft law “On Nomadic Family” in June 2014 in Yakutsk, we decided to publish a short article where young reindeer herder from Iengra village (south of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia) expresses his concern about reindeer herding families and the future of traditional knowledge:

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Reindeer herders in Yakutia talk about the Law “On Nomadic Family”

Alena GerasimovaChallenges, Projects, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment
maria pogodaeva (c) YASIA

Maria Pogodaeva. Photo by YASIA

The draft law “On Nomadic Family” was adopted in the first reading on April 14, 2010. Now, four years have passed. In June this year, the Standing Committee on Arctic Indigenous Peoples of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) will introduce a revised draft for the second reading. The Working Group of this project included scientists, representatives of public indigenous organizations, ministries and departments.

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The Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of Russia Started in Saint-Petersburg

May 27, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

congress of indigenous peoples in saint-petersburgMay 27, the Congress Of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of Russian Federation started today at annual City Day celebration in Saint-Petersburg. The Association of World Reindeer Herders and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry are represented in the Congress by the Chair of the Board Mikhail Pogodaev, scientific adviser Anna Degteva, events coordinator Svetlana Avelova and project manager Alena Gerasimova.

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Reindeer on the Move – Beautiful Time Lapse Video

May 24, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer HerdersLeave a comment

Many reindeer herders in Northern Norway use old Norwegian Navy landing craft to ferry reindeer every year to their summer pastures on various islands in Troms and Finnmark counties. Norwegian photographer Jan Olsen has shot this stunning time lapse video of reindeer migrating to their summer pastures.