Restricting Kola reindeers


Barents Observer 2010-04-07

Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Regional authorities in Murmansk want to limit the free movement of reindeer herds to 100-200 km wide zones.

In an interview with newspaper Vedomosti, regional Governor Dmitry Dmitriyenko said that his administration plans to establish 100-200 km wide zones for the regional reindeer herds. This will help raise productivity, the governor argues.

Today, reindeer herds migrate over major parts of the peninsula.

Governor Dmitriyenko says the changing climate makes it increasingly difficult to gather the herds at slaughter time because the rivers now freeze later than before.

It is the indigenous Sami population which has the reindeer herding as its main industry. The main Sami settlements are located in the central parts of the peninsula with the town of Lovozero as the main centre.

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