|Dmitry Khorolia, WRH President on NRK|
|Written by Philip Burgess|
|Thursday, 27 March 2008 01:00|
Dmitry Khorolia the President of the Association of World Reindeer Herders was on NRK Sami Oddasat yesterday.
A major conference was being held in Murmansk, the capital of the Kola Peninsula and the main topic of discussion was the poor state of reindeer husbandry in the region.
The Kola Peninsula was one of the primary regions of reindeer husbandry in Russia, but has been in severe decline since the 1990's, despite its proximity to a potential major market (Murmansk has over 200,000 inhabitants making it the largest city North of the Arctic Circle).
Khorolia acknowledged that the situation was bad for reindeer herders in Kola, in particular, illegal poaching and that the loss of the nomadic lifestyle was also a major part of the problem. He stated that the system of reindeer husbandry in Finland might offer solutions to the industry. Nonetheless, he said that there was potential for development of reindeer husbandry in the future
Pavel Suliandziga, VP of RAIPON pointed out that the state's lack of legal clarity towards indigenous peoples was a major hurdle for indigenous peoples across Russia, inclding the Kola region.
Reindeer herders and their representatives present at the meeting said that laws were not the problem, but that the loss of pastures was their major concern.
Dmitry Khorolia, Kola Peninsula, RAIPON, WRH Activities