EALLIN Presented to Arctic Council

May 19, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Projects

Arctic Council Ministerial Kiruna 2013The Arctic Council met in Kiruna last week and the meeting signalled the passing of the Chair from Sweden to Canada. Much media coverage was given over to the issue of new observers to the Council (China was accepted as Observer after 10 years of trying, also India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea). China now can participate at the same level as…the Association of World Reindeer Herders (!) which is also an Observer to the Arctic Council. Membership of the Council has been a valuable and important tool for bringing the concerns and challenges of reindeer herders to the highest levels of government around the Arctic (see EALAT Information). The importance of Observer status to WRH will likely increase over time as the Arctic grows rapidly in strategic and resource importance.

Present for WRH were Mikhail Pogodaev (Chair of the Executive Board) and the Director of ICR Anders Oskal. A special bonus was that Elena Walkeapää was able to present the SDWG EALLIN project to the Ministers and discuss the concerns facing reindeer herding youth in a less formal setting (see video below on SVT, in Sami). The EALLIN project will continue into the Canadian chairmanship. You can download the primary documents from the Kiruna Ministerial here on the Arctic Council website

EALLIN to Arctic Council Ministers

Elena Walkeapaa meets with Arctic Council Ministers