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EALÁT December Visit to Yamal Reindeer Herders
Written by Philip Burgess   
Monday, 21 December 2009 20:04
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nenets_thumbIn the western world this time of the year is heavily associated with the advent of Christmas, Santa Claus, reindeer and sledges, alongside a heavy dose of consumerism. So, despite cold temperatures and it being a time of low light, this makes it an excellent time to actually visit people who really do spend a great time of their year on sledges pulled by reindeer. 

A small EALÁT  team (Svein Mathiesen, Anna Degteva and Philip Burgess) took the time to visit their Nenets EALÁT  partners in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, at the northern tip of the Ural Mountains in North west Siberia. The region includes the Yamal Peninsula  the largest area of reindeer husbandry in the world, where over 5000 Nenets, Khanti and some Komi practice nomadic reindeer herding throughout the year. The Yamal Peninsula is also the location of Russia’s most important energy project, the gas fields Bovanenkovo. The development of these nationally strategic resources will have major impacts on the future shape of reindeer husbandry in the region.

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EALAT Activities, Nenets, Yamal Peninsula
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