Mikhail Pogodaev

Mikhail Pogodaev from WRH attends Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland

September 23, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council had just finished it regular meeting in Inari, Finland (Sept.21-22,2017 www.sdwg.org ). And reelected chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev has attended the meeting, where he has updated the SDWG members about the status of the EALLU:Arctic Indigenous Youth, Arctic Change and Food Culture project and received many positive feedbacks on the presentation. 

 

 

WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev at the Arctic Council SDWG meeting in Finland

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EALLU Seminar Wraps Up in Salekhard, Yamal Nenets AO

November 8, 2016 • Philip Burgess

EALLU YouthToday the EALLU seminar entitled ‘Traditional Knowledge and Food Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: Towards a Safe and Sustainable Future’. The event was attended by students and youth, along with researchers, the ICR and WRH team and indigenous and political leaders from the Yamal Nenets Automous Okrug.

Content from the workshop will also feed into the EALLU Reindeer Herders Arctic Cookbook which will be delivered to the Arctic Council next year.

See meeting gallery below. Meeting programme is here.

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Moscow is hosting an international Arctic cooperation conference

October 12, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova

arct2016benOctober 12, Moscow. The international conference International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development, organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with the support of the Russian Foreign Ministry has started. The conference will take place from 12 till 13 October 2016.

“In order to discuss a number of major issues of cooperation in the region the Russian Council on International Affairs with the support of the Government Office of Russia and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding a conference entitled ” International cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and vectors of development ” on October 12-13, – the organizers reported.

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ICR and WRH Celebrate Reindeer and Herders in Topolinoe, Sakha

April 7, 2016 • Svetlana Avelova

Reindeer Herders Day on the Tompo River

Between 31 March to 2 April in the village of Topolinoe (Tomponsky ulus, Sakha Republic) during the annual Reindeer Herders Day celebrations (which are held across Russia) there were special celebrations of the 85th anniversary of Vasily Mikhailovich Kladkin’. He was a well known ‘Hero of Socialist Labor’ and an ‘Honored Worker of Agriculture’.

Kladkin Vasily Mikhailovich (10.01.1931-27.05.2003) was a reindeer herder and Director of the sovkhoz. Not only are the residents of Topolinoe proud of him, but also the entire Republic. Under his leadership, the kolkhoz “Tomponsky” achieved outstanding success with regard to its economic indicators in the field of reindeer husbandry. Through effective organization and an intensive pre-slaughter fattening of reindeer, there was an increase in meat production and meat quality specifically and more generally, an improved local and regional economy and livelihood.

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Eveny herders of Brigade 12 on the move.

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Northern Forum Assembly: Traditional Livelihoods & Food Culture Represented

November 4, 2015 • Philip Burgess

The Northern Forum General Assembly started today in the city of Yakutsk. The multi day assembly will culminate on Friday with the election of a new Chair. The current acting Chair is Mikhail Pogodaev, who is the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders. Pogodaev has ensured that traditional livelihoods such as reindeer herding are to the fore in this Assembly. Asked why he thought the Northern Forum was an important and useful agency for northerners in general and herders in particular, Pogodaev said,

The Northern Forum is an organization that works with Governors of the Arctic regions and local authorities. It is important to work with local authorities because it is  they who control reindeer husbandry locally. The Association of World Reindeer Herders is an organization that has very good relations with local authorities and this is important as we address the main issues that impact herding through them.
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Arctic Circle 2015 Wraps Up & Grows Ever Larger

October 19, 2015 • Philip Burgess

arctic-circle-conference-2015-logoIn a few short years the Arctic Circle assembly, held annually in Iceland’s capital has grown to become the largest Arctic related gathering, and is now attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland and has just wrapped up. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. This year was no exception and even featured a keynote by President Hollande of France who noted the critical importance of action on climate change in advance of COP 21 in Paris, next month. Watch videos of the keynote presentations here and see photos here.

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Norway’s State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem was in attendance and  said Norway has stepped up its climate diplomacy over the last year and noted “Climate change affects everything. It can change food production globally, and in the end also affect security policy”

ICR Director Anders Oskal is on the Advisory Board of the Assembly and spoke at two sessions – one on Arctic Research and the other on Business and Cultural Development in the North where he was joined by Mikhail Pogodaev, who is currently the acting chair of the Northern Forum. In total ICR delivered 7 speeches and hosted 2 outbreak sessions in cooperation with the Northern Forum, IASSA, IASC, UArctic and business leaders.

The ICR/ WRH team are travelling onwards to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting, the first under the US chairmanship which gets underway in Anchorage tomorrow.

 

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UArctic Shared Voices Magazine on EALLIN

July 28, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Creating the Good LifeThe annual UArctic Shared Voices magazine has been published and is now available online. There is a short article by Mikhail Pogodaev and Philip Burgess about the EALLIN project and there is also a short interview with EALLIN participant Isak Turi.

You can download the 2015 Shared Voices magazine here.

In addition, UArctic’s Shared Voices newsletter is sent monthly to keep those interested in UArctic informed about its activities and development. The June/July edition headlines are below.

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WRH takes part at the Council meeting of UArctic in Buryatia, Russia

June 15, 2015 • Alena Gerasimova
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Elena Antipina, the director of the Arctic College of the People of the North

June 14-18, the 18th Council Meeting of University of Arctic is held at the Buryat State University in the city of Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. More than 70 delegates from 15 countries arrived to Buryatia. Within the Council Meeting the Buryat State University will host the joint science and education conference “Arctic Dialog in the Global World”. The conference brings together interested scientists, politicians, academics, business people, PhD and postgraduate students from all over the world.

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Knowledge Co-Production between NASA and Reindeer Herders across the Arctic

May 23, 2015 • Philip Burgess

ANancy Maynard, Mikhail Pogodaev few years ago, UNU (United Nations University) filmed a short interview with the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev and Nancy Maynard of NASA, after they presented a joint paper entitled “Sami Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and NASA Remote Sensing Technologies Working Together for Adaptation Strategies” at an international workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge convened in Mexico City, Mexico. You can now watch the interview online (see below) and you can download the presentation here.

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New Project EALLU, Focus on Reindeer Herding Youth, Food & Climate Change

March 6, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Whitehorse family photo 450x300(Pic: Arctic Council) Some excellent news from the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials which was the fourth and final meeting during Canada’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, in Whitehorse, Yukon. At this meeting, the EALLIN full report and Executive Summary were approved for delivery to the April 24-25, 2015 Iqaluit Ministerial.

In especially exciting news for the future, the EALLU project has been formally endorsed. The working title is EALLU: Arctic Indigenous Youth, Climate Change and Food Culture. The project is to be lead by Norway, Russia and the Saami Council. The project leader will be ICR Director Anders Oskal and co leaders include Mikhail Pogodaev, Exec. Chair of WRH,  Mr. Tom Grey, President of Kawerak Reindeer Herders’ Association, Alaska and many others. EALLU will run four years and carry into the next chairmanship of the Arctic Council which is the U.S.

The societal goal of EALLU is to maintain and further develop a sustainable and resilient reindeer husbandry in the Arctic in face of climate change and globalisation, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. EALLU is a Sami word, central to the concept of reindeer husbandry, and means ‘herd’. EALLU will build on the previous Arctic Council SDWG projects EALAT Information and EALLIN coordinated by the ICR and WRH which have done so much to bring reindeer herders voices’ to such a high level and engaged and energized scores of young reindeer herders from across the Arctic.

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WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev Nominated as Executive Director of Northern Forum

February 27, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Mikhail PogodaevMikhail Pogodaev, the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders has been nominated to be Executive Director of the Northern Forum. Pogodaev is Even and was raised in a reindeer herding family in Topolinoe, in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Pogodaev has been engaged in cooperation across the north between reindeer herding peoples since he was young, following in the footsteps of his mother, Maria Pogodaeva who played an important role in the early history and establishment of the Association of World Reindeer Herders after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This is a period of change for the Northern Forum and it is an exciting prospect that an indigenous person from reindeer husbandry could be selected to steer the organization through an exciting, but intensely challenging time in the North generally, and in small rural communities in particular.

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You can read why ICR and WRH both thought to recommend Pogodaev to this position here and below:

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Reindeer herders in Russia have a chance to get education!

December 16, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

reindeerThe Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation decided to keep the profession of reindeer herder in the list of specialties in institutions of vocational education. This was recently reported by the chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev.

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Profession of reindeer herder to be excluded from list of specialties

December 7, 2014 • Svetlana Avelova

reindeerThis autumn, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has taken the initiative to exclude about 100 names from the list of specialties of secondary vocational education, including the specialty entitled “technician reindeer herder”.

The reason for this decision is the absence or low enrollment of students for training in specific programs, as well as the fact that “students in secondary vocational education on the basis of secondary education or secondary vocational education study 10 months, which corresponds to the period of training for the professional training program” (from the explanatory note to the draft order of the Ministry of Education and Science).

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Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Sakha Republic) entered into an international network of World reindeer herders and UArctic EALAT Institute

June 25, 2014 • Svetlana Avelova

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).

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New Documents Uploaded to UArctic EALÁT Insitute Pages

June 7, 2014 • Philip Burgess

Logo UEI A new document pages has been added to the UArctic EALÁT Insitute Project pages. Just uploaded is an Activity List for 2011-14 and a presentation by Association of World Reindeer Herders Executive Chair and project leader Mikhail Pogodaev which he made recently in Umea, Sweden.

See the documents pages here.

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Meeting about the EALLIN project at the Herzen University

June 4, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

EALLIN Herzen4 June, 2014. The EALLIN project leader Mikhail Pogodaev, and representatives of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – Anna Degteva, Svetlana Avelova and Alena Gerasimova, who also involved in the project, had a meeting with indigenous students from different reindeer herding regions of the Russian Federation at the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ of the North at the Herzen University.

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The Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of Russia Started in Saint-Petersburg

May 27, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

congress of indigenous peoples in saint-petersburgMay 27, the Congress Of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of Russian Federation started today at annual City Day celebration in Saint-Petersburg. The Association of World Reindeer Herders and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry are represented in the Congress by the Chair of the Board Mikhail Pogodaev, scientific adviser Anna Degteva, events coordinator Svetlana Avelova and project manager Alena Gerasimova.

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Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in the celebration of Reindeer Herders Day in Nadym, Russia

March 6, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

reindeer race in nadymFebruary 28 – March 2, 2014. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. It is a very special event for local people, and especially for reindeer herders and their families, and they all are looking forward to celebrate it. This year the Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in 19th Traditional Reindeer Herders Competitions which took place in Yamal-Nenets autonomous okrug in the city of Nadym from February 28 till March 2. To take part in these competitions reindeer herders from all the regions of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous  okrug gathered in Nadym.

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Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in the celebration of Reindeer Herders Day in Nadym, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia

• Alena Gerasimova

reindeer race in nadymFebruary 28 – March 2, 2014. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. It is a very special event for local people, and especially for reindeer herders and their families, and they all are looking forward to celebrate it. This year the Association of World Reindeer Herders participated in 19th Traditional Reindeer Herders Competitions which took place in Yamal-Nenets autonomous okrug in the city of Nadym from February 28 till March 2. To take part in these competitions reindeer herders from all the regions of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous  okrug gathered in Nadym.

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Det ignorerte arktiske folk

January 23, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Arctic frontiersOriginal source: NRK

Det er høyt under taket i festsalen i rødbanken i Tromsø. Og lysekronene som duver under den dekorerte himlingen ser tunge ut. Skulle de løsne fra taket de har hengt fra det siste hundre året, burde man ikke sittet under de.

En som likevel sitter under disse monumentale belysningsanordningene denne småkalde januardagen i Norden Paris, er Mikhail Pogodaev. Han er dog ikke alene, men han skiller seg ut fra den grådresskledde forsamlingen, der han sitter i sin røde drakt sydd under en annen himmel lenger øst.

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WRH & ICR on Russian Geographical Society Website

September 24, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Arctic Forum 2013The Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry were noted in an article posted on the Russian Geographical Society website. The article is about the III International Arctic Forum being held in Salekhard September 24-25 . This year’s forum is dedicated to environmental safety and special attention will be paid to the problems of the indigenous peoples of the North.

Many indigenous peoples of the North are in Salekhard including experts from Russian and international organizations. Among them, Michael Pogodaev  the Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders and Anders Oskal  the Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Others include Rodion Sulyandziga , the first vice -president of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of Russia (founded in 1990) , Aqqaluk Lynge , the head of the Inuit Circumpolar Council  and Eric Gant , the Executive Secretary of the of the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat of the Arctic Council.

The Forum will also be attended by Alexander Mazharov, the Deputy Governor  and Director of the Yamal Department of International and External Economic Relations. On the eve of the opening , he said:

The Government of Yamal is commited to the preservation of traditional ways of life of indigenous peoples. In this direction the government is constantly working to improve legislation and operate the program of grants for small nations produced products, programs to provide free housing , education and health care.

Read the full story here

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Reindeer herders join in celebrations to mark World Environment Day

June 4, 2013 • Björn Alfthan

Nomadic Herdersd Exhibit in Ulan Bator for WED 2013Ulaan 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.

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Nomadic Herders Project Meets With Achim Steinar, UNEP Exec Director

June 3, 2013 • Philip Burgess

A Steinar meets Nomadic Herders

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)

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EALLIN Presented to Arctic Council

May 19, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Arctic Council Ministerial Kiruna 2013The Arctic Council met in Kiruna last week and the meeting signalled the passing of the Chair from Sweden to Canada. Much media coverage was given over to the issue of new observers to the Council (China was accepted as Observer after 10 years of trying, also India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea). China now can participate at the same level as…the Association of World Reindeer Herders (!) which is also an Observer to the Arctic Council. Membership of the Council has been a valuable and important tool for bringing the concerns and challenges of reindeer herders to the highest levels of government around the Arctic (see EALAT Information). The importance of Observer status to WRH will likely increase over time as the Arctic grows rapidly in strategic and resource importance.

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Nomadic Herders Project Visits Iengra and Khatystyr, Sakha (Yakutia)

February 25, 2013 • Björn Alfthan

Last week, Mikhail Pogodaev, Anna Degteva, Svein Mathiesen and Bjorn Alfthan headed south to visit potential areas of focus for the Nomadic Herders’ GEF project. We were accompanied by Anatoly Grigorjev, Director of the Union of Indigenous Obschinas of the Republic of Sakha, who knows first hand the issues and challenges facing reindeer herders’ in the region.

After a brief stop in Neryungri to discuss the project with the Head and Vice-Head of Neryungri District, we made our way to Iengra, a village 60 km south of Neryungri. There we had our first consultation meeting with reindeer herders and administrators of the village, to discuss the project and gather feedback on priorities for the project. After Pogodaev presented the primary concepts of the project, we covered many topics related to reindeer herding, land use change and biodiversity. Priorities emerging from the discussions included the need for dialogue with industry on land use issues; significant problems with wolf predation; and how to engage youth into the future.

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