Nomadic Herders Project Meets President of Mongolia

October 12, 2012 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, Projects

On occasion of the Mongolian State visit to Norway, 7-9 October 2012, the Nomadic Herders project team was able to meet with the highest levels of Mongolian government, including the President, His Excellency Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. The Mongolian-language version of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, entitled Changing Taiga: Challenges to Mongolia’s Reindeer Herders was presented to the President, and shared with the Mongolian delegates at the Business Forum. The report presents recommendations from the Dukha reindeer herding families themselves to improve the sustainability of reindeer herding and the management of their pastures and homeland.

Anders Oskal (International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry), and Johan Mathis Turi (Association of World Reindeer Herders) were subsequently invited for a breakfast meeting with the Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Gombojav Zandanshatar, during which the Nomadic Herders project was discussed.

During the Mongolian State Visit, Nomadic Herders facilitated a Seminar, entitled “The Future of Reindeer Husbandry between Mongolia and Norway” which explored issues of common concern and also opportunities between reindeer herders of Mongolia and Norway.

The Seminar was launched by Mrs. Rigmor Aasrud, Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, in the presence of Dr. Chuluun Togtokh, Director of the Department of Green Development Policy and Planning Ministry of Mongolia. Also present at the seminar were two Dukha reindeer herders, Mr. Battulga Solnoi, and Mr. Danjin Gombo, and Mr. Tsogtsaikan Purev (Mongolian Taiga Nature Society/Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism). At this event, the Mongolian edition of the Changing Taiga report was officially launched.

See also this archived post on the Reindeer Portal

Author: Björn Alfthan, GRID-Arendal

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