WRH and ICR attended SDWG and SAO meetings in Alaska
Last week, there was a series of major events in Alaska, dedicated to the development of the Arctic as part of the US chairmanship in the Arctic Council. Events included a meeting of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council (SDWG) in Barrow, Arctic Science Summit Week, Arctic Observing Summit and Senior Arctic Officials meeting.
The Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry were presented by Mikhail Pogodaev, Anders Oskal and Johan Mathis Turi.
Meeting of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) was held in the small village called Barrow, which is the northernmost point of the United States.
During the meeting the Sustainable Development Working Group dealt with issues related to the outcomes of the implementation of ongoing projects. In particular, the director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Anders Oskal reported on the SDWG EALLU project implementation, which was actively implemented in 2015. The project included the activities in the Russian Federation as well. For instance, EALLU had joint seminars with Nosegcher project in partnership with the Nomadic Herders Foundation. There was a series of seminars in Aldan, Nizhnekolymskiy and Anabar regions, as well as the presentation of the traditional cuisine of indigenous peoples at the reception of the 12th General Assembly of the Northern Forum in Yakutsk. Anders Oskal thanked the Russian Federation, the Head and the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for the financial support of EALLU project in Yakutia.
At the meeting of the Committee of Senior Arctic Officials, much of the discussion was devoted to the work of the Arctic Council in the area of climate change and ensuring of the Arctic population resilience. The Committee also discussed economic issues in the region and cooperation with the Arctic Economic Council, which was set up recently and should become a forum for cooperation in the field of economic development in the Arctic. The representatives of the Arctic states and indigenous peoples ‘organizations have recognized the continued importance of interacting with Arctic indigenous peoples’ communities in particular in ensuring the integration of traditional and local knowledge into decision-making.