Fantastic archival film in Russian about the Association of World Reindeer Herders’ first gathering of reindeer peoples from across the Arctic, held in Tromsø, Norway in 1993. This signalled the beginning of global cooperation between reindeer herders that has continued to this day. The next Congress will be held in Jokkmokk, Sweden, next year.
Johan Mathis Turi
Johan Mathis Turi was invited to give the keynote to the annual meeting of Academia Borealis on February 11th in Tromso, Norway. Turi has been invited to be a member of the Academia Borealis. His speech was entitled “Reindeer Herding in the 21st century”. You can read about this more on Academia Borealis webpage.
Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Sakha Republic) entered into an international network of World reindeer herders and UArctic EALAT Institute
In Kautokeino in the northern Norway was signed an agreement on cooperation between the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Cherskii village, Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. This was made possible thanks to the development of cooperation between the college and the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the Ministry of professional education, training and placement of the personnel of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia – 3 June 2013 – During the World Environment Day celebrations – hosted this year by the Government of Mongolia – the Nomadic Herders’ project held a seminar/workshop on Monday 3rd June entitled “The Future for Reindeer Husbandry and Conservation in Mongolia’s Biodiversity Hotspot”.
The seminar gathered together reindeer herders from East and West Taiga, the Ulaan Taiga Protected Areas Administration, the Hovsgul Aimag regional government, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Green Development, the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH), the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) and GRID-Arendal.
The focus of the seminar was to provide an update and information sharing session on the topics of the new Special Presidential Decree on Reindeer Husbandry; a new potential project to transport reindeer from Sakha Republic to Mongolia; recent developments in the establishment of the Tengis-Shishged Protected Area; and a presentation on the Nomadic Herders UNEP/GEF project.
Opening the session, Tsogtsaikhan Purev from the Ministry of Environment and Green presented the new Special Decree on Reindeer Husbandry. The Decree, which was recently enacted by Parliament, will have a focus on providing increased access for the reindeer herding community to social welfare, education, and cooperation opportunities. A total of 36 activities under four pillars will be implemented over 5 years.
Achim Steiner (UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the UN) met with members of the GEF/UNEP International Nomadic Herders team including Dr Mikhail Pogodeav, ICR Director Anders Oskal, and WRH Secretary General Johan Mathis Turi. Mongolia is hosting World Environment Day and there are a number of events in Ulan Bator this week, including a Nomadic Herders project seminar ‘The future of reindeer husbandry in Mongolia and Conservation in Mongolia’s Biodiversity hotspot’. A number of topics of importance to reindeer herders not only in MOngolia but across the taiga region, where reindeer herding is considered to be at its most vulnerable were discussed in the seminar with a focus on sustainable development for reindeer husbandry and how biodiversity and a reindeer herder economy can be enhanced in Russia and Mongolia. (Read the full ICR press release about the seminar here)