The Congress

It was a great experience to participate as an observer at the 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress. The proceedings took place between July 25 and July 29 and featured numerous workshops and sessions on topics ranging from climate change and development to land management issues and health challenges.  Herders from various regions in Russia, Scandinavia, Mongolia and, of course, China were represented.  The Congress was extremely successful in many aspects, not the least of which being its ability to bring together an incredibly dispersed group of people, each of whom face extremely varied challenges and yet are united through reindeer husbandry and the very unique relationship to the land ingrained in their culture as a result.

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