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Association of World Reindeer Herders



Association of World Reindeer Herders is an international NGO for the over 20 indigenous peoples in the circumpolar Arctic that base their lives on reindeer herding (pastoralism). The international collaboration of reindeer herding peoples began in 1990, made possible through the work of the Bruntland Commission/ Soviet Science Academy and the fall of the iron curtain. The NGO was established in 1997, and is today working in 28 different reindeer herding regions spanning Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Mongolia, China, US/Alaska and Canada. The Association works very closely together with International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (, funded by the Norwegian Government and supported by the Arctic Council to enhance Arctic collaboration. The Association has a regular observer status in the Arctic Council ( The Association together with international academic partners have also established University of the Arctic EALÁT Institute, that works with research, education, training and outreach relevant to reindeer herders (

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Regional focus Asia and the Pacific
North America
Polar Regions
Sector Education and training
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning
Terrestrial ecosystems
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Adaptation delivery activity Capacity building
Climate-resilient development planning
Communications and awareness-raising
Monitoring and evaluation
Pilot adaptation programmes/projects
Risk/vulnerability mapping
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling
Climate related risks and extreme events
Data and observations
Socio-economic information
Climate hazards Other
Operational scale Global

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