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Association of World Reindeer Herders on Food Culture of Northern peoples

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Association of World Reindeer Herders organized 40 seminars on food culture and climate change in the places of residence of indigenous peoples in the northern regions of Russia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

This was reported by Mikhail Pogodaev, Chairman of the Board of the organization, executive director of the Northern Forum non-governmental organization at the meeting of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders in Salekhard.

"We organize seminars directly in the places where reindeer herders live and work.We covered practically all reindeer-breeding regions of Russia, countries of Europe, the USA, Canada. Recently, the seminar was held in the village of Iengra in Neryungri district of Yakutia, where the Evenks live. Despite the industrial development, the local people preserved their traditions and traditional knowledge," Pogodaev said.

The project "Eallu: Reindeer-breeding youth, adaptation to climate change and nutrition culture" was approved by the working group of the Arctic Council for Sustainable Development. The word eallu is translated from the Sami language as herd. The seminars give an opportunity to exchange experience in preserving traditional knowledge and technology of preparing national dishes, Pogodaev said.

He added that recommendations on the preservation of traditional knowledge of the culture of nutrition of the Arctic peoples were reported at a meeting of the Secretariat of the Arctic Council in Finland on March 22-23. The implementation of the project will last until 2020, said the Chairman of the Board of the Association.

In Salekhard (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, YaNAO), the meeting of the Council of the Association of World Reindeer Herders was held on Sunday. About 100 reindeer herders from Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Scotland took part in it. Delegates discussed the state of world reindeer herding, the prospects for its development, and approve the organization's work plan for the next four years. The Association was established following the results of the First World Congress of Reindeer Herders in the city of Nadym (YaNAO) in 1997 to support professional, cultural, social and economic relations between reindeer herding peoples.