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Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge

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Indigenous reindeer herding in the circumpolar North is threatened by multiple drivers of environmental and social changes that affect the sustainability of traditional family-based nomadic use of pastures. These impacts are exacerbated by indigenous peoples’ lack of voice in governance strategies, management and adaptation responses.

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This study is part of the project ‘Rapid change — challenges or opportunities for sustainable reindeer husbandry’ (Rievdan), supported by the Research Council of Norway (grant no. 238326) and EU H2020 Interact (grant no. 730938). We express our appreciation of the reindeer herders and research participants who shared their time, experiences and perspectives with us.

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  1. Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu, Norway

    • Inger Marie Gaup Eira
    •  & Svein Disch Mathiesen
  2. University of the Arctic Circumpolar Institute for Reindeer Husbandry at The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Guovdageaidnu, Norway

    • Anders Oskal
    •  & Svein Disch Mathiesen
  3. Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway

    • Inger Hanssen-Bauer
  4. UIT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

    • Svein Disch Mathiesen
  5. North Eastern Federal University, UNESCO International Department on Adaptation of Society and Man in the Arctic Regions in the Context of Climate Change and Globalization, Yakutsk, Russia

    • Svein Disch Mathiesen


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