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IPY OLSO - Full EALÁT Event List, ICR Participation
Written by Philip Burgess   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 17:05
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ealat_logoThe IPY Oslo Science conference, the 'largest  gathering of polar scientists ever' officially opens on Tuesday June 6 th, just days away. This will be a major milestone in the EALÁT project and will see the largest gathering of EALÁT researchers and partners since the EALÁT consortium meeting in January 2009. A full and packed EALÁT event list will continue over the full conference. The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry will be playing a role thoughout the week.

A series of internal EALÁT meetings will be held throughout the week and the BIRGEN project will aslo be present. Highlights include the registration to the IPY-OSC at the  Kautokeino Sámi Siida and the opening of Kautokeino Sámi Siida Kautokeino which will showcase Sámi culture and science. At the Sámi Siida there will be lavvus, an information bar about the EALÁT project hosted by the Sami University College and outreach by ICR. This is been held in cooperation with Innovation Norway, Kautokeino Municipality, and Thon Hotels and will run for several days under th banner 'Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino In the Heart of Arctic Knowledge'
Swedish Draft Constitution Recognizes the Sami as a People
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Sunday, 23 May 2010 13:27
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KIRUNA -- The new draft constitution in Sweden calls the Sami people a fully-fledged people and not a minority. That will strengthen the rights of the Sami, a law expert said.

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Icelandic Volcano and Reindeer - New Feature
Written by Philip Burgess   
Thursday, 13 May 2010 18:01
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volcano2_thumbWhile the world has heard a lot about the impact of the Icelandic volcano on air traffic and the economy, what about its impact on Iceland's reindeer?

In the last few weeks, the world could hardly have failed to have heard about the Icelandic volcano with the difficult to pronounce (for non Icelandic speakers) name. Air traffic has been disrupted across Europe and airlines have lost over a billion dollars in lost revenue. The impact on the regions climate is unclear but has been the topic of much speculation.

The Reindeer Portal contacted Iceland's reindeer expert Skarphéðinn G. Þórisson of the Náttúrustofa Austurlands (East Iceland Natural History Institute), in Egilsstadir for an update of the impact of the volcano on the country's reindeer. Read the full article here.
Russia consolidates positions in the Arctic
Written by BarentsObserver   
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:57
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President Dmitri Medvedev is shaping Russian Arctic policy. BarentsObserver has compiled the comprehensive list of Russian future investment and activity plans in the Arctic.

Several years ago Russia announced a start of new policy in the Arctic seeing in it as one of the main resource base of 21 century.

Nevertheless up to recently the practical actions in development the Arctic policy seemed more demonstrative, often theatrical, sometimes provocative and chaotic than sensible and systematic. Russia threatened the world by a possibility of establishing a special military alignment, pulled down the national flag on the ocean bottom on the Northern Pole, discussed international plot in order to oust others from the Arctic.

The noisy fuss around Arctic issues has however been calmed down after the official adoption in September 2008 of the document called “Fundamentals of the State Policy in the Arctic for the Period Before 2020 and a Longer Perspective”.  Nowadays on the eve of the state visit of the Russian President to one of the main Arctic player, Norway, the Russian policy looks much more rational and balanced.

World Reindeer Herders Attends UN Permanent Forum - Photos
Written by Philip Burgess   
Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:59
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pogodaev_thumbChair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders has wrapped up several days in New York attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. Pogodaev worked closely with Forum member Lars Anders Baer who presented to the Forum a 'Study on the impact of climate change adaptation mitigation measures on reindeer herding'. (Download here from the Archive) Pogodaev read a prepared statement to the Forum in which he thanked Lars Anders Baer for his work in preparing the study and stated that loss of pastures for reindeer is an emergency issue for reindeer herders across Eurasia,

Reindeer peoples’ respond to changes in the environment has traditionally relied on flexible operating practices that are now hampered because of several non-climatic factors such as permanent loss of grazing land due to economical development. So for today permanent loss of pastures is a most important and emergency issue for reindeer herders.
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