The sitting of the board of the Association of the World Reindeer Herders was opened in Yamal
16:02 26 ноября 2018
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The sitting of the board of the Association of the World Reindeer Herders was opened in Salekhard on the 26th of November. Representatives of reindeer-herding regions of Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Mongolia became its participants. The event is dedicated to the chartered tasks of the international organization being busy with development of professional, commercial and cultural relations between reindeer-herding peoples of the world.
The chairman of the board of the Association of the World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodayev opened the sitting. On behalf of the governor and residents of the most reindeer-herding region of the country the vice governor of Yamal Irina Sokolova welcomed the guests. She called the choice of the place for the sitting absolutely logical and correct, as Yamal is not only one of the leaders in economic development but also the main center of the world reindeer husbandry. She presented the following fact: on the territory of Yamal there are about 700 thousand reindeer and more than 540 thousand people. The vice governor told about observation of guarantees and rights of indigenous peoples in the region, about measures of support of their traditional lifestyle. She paid special attention to issues of ecology, observation of interests of reindeer herders by fuel and energy companies.
According to Irina Sokolova, there is one reindeer passage per each 4 kilometers of the road Nadym – Salekhard, which is a part of the Northern Latitudinal Railway. In total there are more than 80 such passages. And in strategically important Bovanenkovo field work is paused during the time when birds make nests and fish go spawning. The vice governor expressed hope that reindeer husbandry as a traditional branch of employment will continue its development.
The program of the sitting includes summing up the results of work of the association for 2018, establishing of plans for 2019, and the main event – opening of the center for development of reindeer husbandry in the capital of Yamal, the town Salekhard.
As we should remind, the Association of World Reindeer Herders is the international public organization for reindeer-herding peoples, which represents indigenous peoples of the Arctic. It includes reindeer herders and works for wellbeing of reindeer-herding communities. The association has 27-year history of transboundary cooperation between indigenous peoples of the Arctic.