November 7, 2016 • Philip Burgess
On Friday and Saturday, November 5-6 in Kautokeino, a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Khuvsgul Khugjil Foundation, Mongolia was signed when members of the Mongolian Parliament visited ICR. The discussions centred around with the promotion of nomadism and local economies, students scholarships, film production, small business innovation, internet access, village friendship development and the language issue of the indigenous Dukha peoples in Mongolia. This cooperation is an outgrowth of the Nomadic Herders project. Some photos below. The visiting delegation included Battsteseg Batsuuri for the Mongolian Embassy in Stockholm, Batchuluun Otgonsur, an advisor from Ulan Bataar and Munkhbaatar Lkhagva, member of the Mongolian Parliament. Some more pictures here on our Facebook page.
September 14, 2015 • Philip Burgess
The 2015 Autumn Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held on 15-18 September in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Anders Oskal, is taking advantage of the large number of Norwegian parliamentarians present to introduce the Nomadic Herders project in a side meeting to them and introduce them to Dukha youth who will inform participants about the various challenges and opportunities that are impacting Dukha reindeer husbandry at the present time. Parliamentarians will meet youth in a Ger and some will accompany the Nomadic Herders team on horseback for a field trip.
Pictures and news to follow.
February 11, 2015 • Philip Burgess
The Association of Word Reindeer Herders (WRH) and UArctic EALAT Institute (UEI) are currently in Ulan Bator, Mongolia meeting with Dukha youth to discuss the ongoing Nomadic Herders project. Mikhail Pogodaev (WRH Chair), Svein Mathiesen (UEI Professor) and Issat Turi (Sami reindeer herder) here are pictured meeting with Dukha youth in Ulan Bator, with a subsequent meeting with Dukha and Mongolian partners in a rather incongruously located Yurt on the top of a high rise in the city which is experiencing breakneck economic development, as is the whole country. See a photo gallery of the meeting here. The youth participants were
5. Hischimeg Bayandalai
7. Hongorzul Purevjav
June 4, 2013 • Björn Alfthan
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.
June 3, 2013 • Philip Burgess
”…Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to secure the Dukha´s unique culture, livelihoods and destiny if we act collectively, now. There is an urgent need to engage with the herders to record and promote their traditional knowledge, as well as to monitor biodiversity and the land use changes that are occuring in the taiga. Ongoing dialogue is also needed between herders, local governments, companies and others on land use and resource management.” Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director (in the foreword to the UNEP Changing Taiga Report (Johnsen et al, 2012) See www.reindeerherding.org).
Indigenous Duhka, Saami and Even reindeer herders meet at the UN World Environmental Day (WED) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia to discuss sustainable development, protection of nature and biodiversity.
May 31, 2013 • Philip Burgess
This year the main UNEP World Environment Day event is hosted by the government and people of Mongolia, and focuses on the new UNEP and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) campaign Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint, which is aimed at slashing food waste. Mongolia is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, and is aiming to ensure this growth goes hand in hand with a green economy and civilization. While Mongolia does not waste significant food, the traditional nomadic lifestyle of some of its people—who developed ways to preserve food for long periods—offers some ancient answers to the modern-day challenge of food waste.
Mongolia is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among youth.
As part of these events in Ulan Bator, the Nomadic Herders project is hosting a seminar on Monday June 3, entitled ‘The Future for Reindeer Husbandry and Conservation in Mongolia’s Biodiversity Hotspot’ which will be attended by reindeer herders from Tsagaannuur, researchers, local and regional administration figures and Dukha youth living in Ulan Bator.