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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Gávnnadeapmi 2015 Declaration & Photos

September 22, 2015 • Philip Burgess

DSC04566Last week, over 30 indigenous herding youth, mostly Sámi from Finland, Norway and Sweden, but also Nenets, Even and Evenki from Russia met in Inari, Finland at Gávnnadeapmi (see announcement and programme here). Young herders discussed land use changes, challenges faced by herding youth in their respective regions and listened to several presentations several of which were related to the new Nomadic Herders Sápmi project which looks to update the GLOBIO model with a focus on the Barents region and reindeer husbandry.

See the Gávnnadeapmi Declaration below, or download directly here.

See photos from the meeting here.




Sámi Youth Gather in Finland to talk Reindeer Herding, Climate and Land Use Change

September 16, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Gavnnadeapmi 2015 Logo

Over 30 Sámi youth from all over the Sámi area will be be gathering over the next few days in the village of Inari at an event called ‘Gávnnadeapmi 2015’ (meeting in North Sámi). The meeting will focus on reindeer herding and feature multiple themes related to the challenges faced by reindeer herding in general and herding youth specifically.

Gávnnadeapmi 2015 is being organized by the Sámi youth organizations of Finland, Norway and Sweden in collaboration with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Key presentations will be made about The Arctic Council project “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic ” (AACA), led by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Working Group, and the new project ‘Nomadic Herders Sápmi’ which aims to, among other things, implement an updated GLOBIO model for the Barents Region with a focus on reindeer herding, land use change and climate. View the programme below.

Gavnnadeapmi coordinator Aslak Holmberg with Suoma Sámi Nuorat coordinator Anne-Maria Magga.

Gávnnadeapmi coordinator Aslak Holmberg with Suoma Sámi Nuorat coordinator Anne-Maria Magga.

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