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Chinese Delegation Hosted by WRH in Kautokeino
Written by Philip Burgess   
Tuesday, 29 January 2008 01:00
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On Saurday, January 26th, a large Chinese delegation visited Kautokeino and were hosted by the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR). Presentations were made by Johan Mathis Turi, Anders Oskal and Philip Burgess. The visiting delegation included Sun Hui, the Mayor of Genhe and the head of the township Alou Goya which is the centre of reindeer husbandry in China.


The visiting delegation expressed a wish to cooperate in the future, to join WRH and share experiences on effective means of building up reindeer husbandry in their region, the only region in China where reindeer husbandry is practiced. One of their challenges mentioned was maintaining herd quality as their characteristic smaller herds are more susceptible to disease, a challenge also faced by reindeer husbandry in Mongolia. The head of the township explained that there were approximately 200 reindeer herders in the region, utilising pastures between 50 and 53 degrees North. More pictures are here.


China, Evenki, Genhe, WRH Activities
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