Diversity of regional trends in traditional reindeer husbandry in the Russian Arctic

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Domesticated reindeer livestock is an important resource for traditional economy of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. The article analyses the variability of the reindeer number trends in different Arctic regions and the reasons why reindeer livestock increases in some areas and decreases in others. The analysis is based on the official statistics data and scientific literature. Author argues that the key condition for the success of traditional reindeer husbandry is the informal economic environment. Due to peculiarities of the regional politics and the ways of adaptation of indigenous communities, such environment have been formed only in four municipal districts in the tundra of Western Siberia. In all other territory of the Russian Arctic the number of domesticated reindeer decreases or fluctuates at about the same level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012180
Number of pages9
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2020
Event5th International Conference on Arctic: History and Modernity - Saint-Petersburg
Duration: 18 Mar 202019 Mar 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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