Zhigansk Reindeer Herders visited Sapmi

September 30, 2015 • Svetlana Avelova


Zhigansk Reindeer herders from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) visited Scandinavia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Association of World Reindeer Herders

From the history

Exactly 25 years ago, in the autumn of 1990, a group of scientists and reindeer herders from Norway traveled to Russia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to meet with reindeer herders. From that time began the active cooperation between reindeer herders from Russia and Scandinavia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders originates from the same time. In addition, on the recommendation of the Arctic Council in 2005, in Kautokeino was founded the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, which has been working fruitfully already for 10 years.

Today the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry created a wide network of international cooperation between reindeer herding peoples from all over the world.

Our days

In celebration of significant dates, a group of herders from Zhigansky district traveled to Scandinavia.

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New Board for International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry

October 10, 2014 • Philip Burgess

ICR LogoThe Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, after having consulted the Association of World Reindeer Herders, has appointed members to the board of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Kautokeino, Norway.
From10 October 2014 through 9 October 2018 the board will have the following composition:




Chair: Inger Anita Smuk (nominated by Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH)

Board members:
Roza Laptander (nominated by the Russian Union of Reindeer Herders)
Per-Jonas Partapouli (nominated by Svenske samers riksforbund og Sáminuorra)
Mikhail Pogodaev (nominated by Association of World Reindeer Herders – WRH)
Mai-Britt Utsi (nominated by Sámi University College)
Mauri Ylä-Kotola (nominated by University of Lapland)


International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry will participate in the new NASA project

July 28, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Rain on snowIn the end of spring NASA announced winners of the grant who will participate in the research entitled “Satellite Rain-On-Snow Detection: A New Climate Change Product”, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry is of them.

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Arctic Frontiers of World Reindeer Herders

February 6, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Arctic FrontiersMajor international conference Arctic Frontiers 2014 has taken place in the city of Tromsø, on the north of Norway, from 19th to 24th of January. This 8th edition of the annual conference was dedicated to “Humans in the Arctic”. Arctic Frontiers is organized as an independent network and a leading meeting place for pan-arctic issues. The conference brought together around one thousand participants among them were representatives from science, politics, business, civil society, and indigenous peoples, all to discuss development on the north.

Arctic Frontiers began on Sunday evening with opening at Polaria expedition hall.

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WWF ‘The Circle’ Focus on Reindeer and Caribou

April 13, 2011 • Philip Burgess

The WWF Global Arctic Programme has just released its quarterly publication ‘The Circle’. This edition has a focus on reindeer herding and caribou, entitled Reindeer and Caribou: Herds and Livelihood in Transition. This edition focusses on a number of themes that are current in the world of reindeer and caribou. Articles cover global warming, wild reindeer in Siberia, oil and gas impacts on Nenets reindeer husbandry and the impact of wind power development on reindeer herding districts in Sweden. Philip Burgess of ICR has an article on the Adaptation to Globalisation in the Arctic course which of course has a focus on reindeer husbandry.

Download the issue here.