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On April 27 ICR hosted an on-line meeting on the GEF UNEP Reindeer Herding and Resilience project and invited young Dukha reindeer herders. 

This is what the projecr leader Svein Mathiesen writes about the meeting: “This morning hosted a zoom meeting with Duhka youth from Tsaganuur in Mongolia, fantastic to see and feel the driving sprit of these young reindeer herders. The meeting will be followed up by different courses like "Milking of the rein" "English for Reindeer Herders", "New perspectives of of Impact Assessment", Reindeer herding and Diplomacy", "Reindeer Herders food knowledge system". 

ICR team was Professor and project leader Svein Mathiesen, project coordinator Marina Tonkopeeva, project managers Solongo Tsevegmin, Tsogtsaikhan Purev and Svetlana Avelova. Chair of the Board of World Reindeer Herders Inger Anita Smuk also participated in the meeting. 


GEF and UN Environment has endorsed and support the project: Reindeer Husbandry and Resilience, a global part of the project: Managing Peatlands in Mongolia and Enhancing the Resilience of Pastoral Ecosystems and Livelihoods of Nomadic Herders.

Indigenous reindeer husbandry represents a livelihood and way of life based on practices and knowledge developed through long-term experiences in living under harsh and highly variable conditions. Therefore, reindeer herders’ traditional knowledge, culture, and language provide a central foundation for rebuilding social ecological resilience locally, to be used to navigate through future shocks and disturbances. 

The overall goal of Reindeer Husbandry and Resilience project is to develop a Global knowledge-base and capacity for herders’ contribution to sustainable landscape management.

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