Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective Course Starts Today

April 12, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT Institute

Biological Diversity CourseA unique course got underway in Kautokeino, Norway today, with well over 30 young students with many young reindeer herding peoples represented (Nenets, Eveny, Evenki, Sami, Chukchi, Dukha and Dolgan). The students are enrolled as Bachelor students at the Sami University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino in a course entitled ‘Biological diversity in a circumpolar indigenous perspective’.

The bringing together of this diverse group of young reindeer herders has been made possible through the coordination  of UNEP, GEF, the Arctic Council through the rubric of the Nomadic Herders project as organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in cooperation with University of the Arctic with financial support from the Norwegian Government, Ministry of Climate and Environment. With a strong focus on traditional food preparation, techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge, the goal is to enhance the resilience of reindeer herders’ ecosystems and livelihoods, with an emphasis on the future generations of herders that will have to navigate the complexities of maintaining a traditional livelihood in a rapidly changing Arctic.

The kickoff session today and tomorrow is open to the public where students and people in Kautokeino will be able to watch and learn and share in the preparation of traditional foods in the kitchens of the Reindeer Herding High School. It is hoped that the course will increase the insights in the relationship between traditional knowledge and biodiversity for indigenous students for the sustainable development and protection of an Arctic in the midst of a changing climate.

We will be adding more images and posts as the course progresses.

For more information:

Sami University of Applied Sciences: Rector, Professor Gunvor Guttorm +4790470193.
UArctic EALÁT Institute (University of the Arctic Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry). Professor Svein D. Mathiesen +4790524116
International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) Director Anders Oskal +4799450010