Recent research has shown that the degradation of pastures combined with the consequences of a changing climate poses significant challenges to nomadic pastoralism. The Nomadic Herders project addresses this by aiming to improve the development and resilience of reindeer pasture ecosystems in Russia and Mongolia; to strengthen the sustainability of the pastoralist livelihoods; and to increase the resilience and capacity of the nomadic communities to adapt to land-use change and climate change.
Photo by Lawrence Hislop, GRID-Arendal
The UNEP Nomadic Herders initiative started in 2010 with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jointly with herders, local partners and national authorities, the project is studying the impacts of land-use change and climate change on nomadic pastoralists, and further assessing the herders’ adaptation options and opportunities. It is facilitating dialogue between various stakeholders, helping to build partnerships between reindeer herding communities, and supporting and strengthening local institutions. It is are also increasing the capacity of nomadic herders to engage in the decision-making processes concerning land use and natural resource management.
The Association of World Reindeer Herders
International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
UArctic EALÁT Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry
Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism
Taiga Nature Society, Mongolia
All-Russian Research Institute for Nature Conservation
Saint-Petersburg State University
Visit the Nomadic Herders at www.reindeerherding.org/projects/nomadic-herders/
Project Duration: ongoing
Contact: Björn Alfthan