Climate change

Climate change is not currently a threat to reindeer husbandry. However, trends that are already being experienced (increased climate variability) may lead to further insecurity for herders as pastures are iced over, preventing reindeer from feeding. Tundra fires, which are expected to intensify in Siberia are already challenge for reindeer herders there as fire suppression in remote areas has been halted. As pastures are encroached, reindeer herders flexibility is reduced which limits their responses to future climate variability.