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Reindeer herders of the World take part in the work of the Arctic Council in Canada
In the city of Yellowknife in the North of Canada in the Northwest Territories these days are meetings of the Arctic Council under the chairmanship of the Government of Canada.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum for cooperation on Arctic issues, with the participation of representatives from eight Arctic states and six permanent members of indigenous organizations to discuss important issues related to sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
Since 2000, the Reindeer Herders of the World Association has had the status of a permanent observer in this international organization and is actively involved in various international projects related to the development of the Arctic region and the indigenous peoples inhabiting it, the press service of the Yakut governor reports.
From 18 to 19 in October, Mikhail Pogodaev, Chairman of the Board of the Association of the Reindeer World, and Director of the International Center for Reindeer Anders Oscal participated in a meeting of the Working Group on Sustainable Development of the Arctic Council and made a report on the preparation of the final report on the project of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Council EALLIN : Reindeer herding and youth ”, as well as presented a project application for the continuation of activities in this direction in the form of a new project“ EALLU: Reindeer youth and traditional ltura power of indigenous peoples of the Arctic. " This project aims to develop sustainable reindeer husbandry and improve the quality of life of reindeer herders in the Arctic regions and will involve attracting reindeer herders to international cooperation in studying the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in the field of nutrition culture. In addition, this project is associated with the development of the Arctic Culinary Institute of the Peoples of the Arctic, which the Association of Reindeer World is trying to promote in conjunction with the International Center for Reindeer Herding. It is necessary that the herders could themselves develop their economy through the creation of a small business in the field of processing reindeer products.
Also these days Mikhail Pogodaev and Anders Oskal visited the reindeer herders of Canada in the town of Inuvik, where from the 30-ies of the 20 century reindeer herding was brought from Alaska by reindeer herders of the Saami, and later the Inuvialiuty and Gvichina began to engage in this traditional occupation. During his stay in Inuvik, meetings were held with the heads of the indigenous organizations of the region, with the leadership of the Inuvik City Hall, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Aurora College, which discussed the development of cooperation and the opportunity to celebrate the 80 Anniversary of Reindeer Husbandry of Canada, scheduled for April 2015 years.
On October 22-23, the work of the Arctic Council continued within the framework of the third meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Arctic Council and heads of delegations of the permanent participants - indigenous peoples' organizations.
In Yellowknife, the senior officials of the Arctic Council and the heads of delegations of the permanent participants heard from six working groups and four task forces about the progress made in the implementation of the ambitious program of the Arctic Council, in particular, within the framework of the priority initiatives of the Canadian Chairmanship. These priorities include: strengthening the health and mental well-being of the Arctic population; the use of traditional and local knowledge in the work of the Council; ensuring reliable economic development in the Arctic, including through the creation of the Economic Council of the Arctic; and the development of measures to reduce black carbon and methane emissions. The main theme of the Canadian presidency, which ends in 2015, is “Development for the Peoples of the North”.
Some of the specific topics discussed at the meeting include:
- Prevention of oil spills;
- Assessment of biodiversity and conservation of arctic migratory birds;
- Measures to reduce short-lived pollutants, black carbon and methane emissions that affect the climate and nature of the Arctic. Senior officials approved a report on specific recommendations for reducing black carbon emissions;
- The project "Arctic sea tourism and ways to promote safe Arctic shipping";
- Human development issues, including strengthening mental well-being and adaptation to climate change;
- Enhancing scientific cooperation in the Arctic;
In addition, the meeting discussed the priorities of the United States of America chairmanship in the Arctic Council (2015-2017).