NKJ report on challenges for reindeer husbandry in the Nordic region

Recently, NKJ arranged a conference on challenges for reindeer husbandry in the Nordic region. The conclusions from the conference and an overall view of the state of reindeer husbandry in the Nordic countries are now available in a report.

 

The topic of the 2022 conference was challenges to reindeer husbandry, in particular the impact of predators, as well as consequences of a changing climate in Sweden, Finland and Norway. The conference contained four parts: Part 1: Loss of reindeer to predators, Part 2: Governance, Part 3: Ongoing research projects and Part 4:  Reindeer husbandry in a changing climate. The report gives a summary of the presentations and discussions in each part.

The report also gives a long list of key take-aways from the conference. The importance of synthesis between traditional and scientific knowledge is one of the twelve points in the list. Download the report (below) to see all of the messages the participating researchers, authorities, organisations and stakeholders underline.

The Nordic Conference on Reindeer Husbandry was arranged 9-10 November 2022 at NIBIO Svanhovd, Pasvik, Norway.

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The Nordic conference on reindeer husbandry 2022

The Nordic Conference on Reindeer Husbandry 9-10 November 2022 was held at NIBIO Svanhovd, Pasvik, Norway.
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The topic of the 2022 conference was challenges to reindeer husbandry, in particular the impact of predators, as well as consequences of a changing climate in Sweden, Finland and Norway. The first day of the conference focused on current status, policy and governance on predators, and the second day focused on issues connected to climate change.

Find the speakers and their presentations in the outline of the program below:

Part 1 Loss of reindeer to predators
Keynote: “Main challenges”

Click on title/name for PowerPoint presentation, click on VIDEO for filmed presentation

• Paliskuntain yhdistys/Reindeer Herders Association Finland – Sanna Hast VIDEO

• Svenska samernas riksförbund/Reindeer herders organisation Sweden – Matti Blind Berg VIDEO

• Norske Reindriftsamers Landsforbund/Reindeer herders organisation Norway – Leif Anders Somby VIDEO

Status and consequences of loss – development within the Nordic countries

“Tap av reinsdyr i de Nordiske landene – status og konsekvenser for næringen” – Svein Morten Eilertsen (NIBIO) VIDEO

Stocks, management and monitoring of stocks

“Large carnivores in reindeer herding districts” – Ilpo Kojola (Luke) VIDEO

 

Part 2 Governance
Keynote: “Measures to reduce loss”

• Ministry of Environment, NO – Torbjørn Lange VIDEO

• Sami Parliament, SE – Ander-Erling Fjällås VIDEO

Compensation for loss – comparative perspective

”Economic-Ecological System Analysis of the Costs of Predation and Difficult Winter Conditions on Reindeer Husbandry” – Antti-Juhani Pekkarinen (Luke) VIDEO

Documentation of loss, use of traditional knowledge – Karen Anette Anti (NRL) VIDEO

 

Part 3 Ongoing research projects

“Beitenæringer og rovvilt i nord” – Snorre Hagen (NIBIO) VIDEO

“Future of reindeer husbandry – workshops in Finland; joint work of projects CHARTER, CLIMINI and POVAUS” – Sirpa Rasmus (University of Lapland) VIDEO

 

Part 4 Reindeer husbandry in a changing climate
Keynote: “Challenges climate change adaptation”

• Svenska samernas riksförbund/Reindeer Herders organisation Sweden – Matti Blind Berg VIDEO

• Paliskuntain yhdistys/Reindeer Herders’ Association Finland – Sanna Hast VIDEO

• Norske Reindriftsamers Landsforbund/Reindeer Herders organisation Norway – Leif Anders Somby VIDEO

Consequences of climate change

“Interconnections of climate change, reindeer husbandry and other land use” – Anna Skarin (SLU) VIDEO

“The Times They Are A-Changin’ – research trends and perspectives of reindeer pastoralism – a text mining approach” – Øystein Holand (Norges miljø-og biovitenskaplige universitet) VIDEO

“Climate change impacts on reindeer pastures” – Jutta Kapfer (NIBIO) NOT AVAILABLE

“Climate change increase the risk of facing difficult winters in reindeer herding” – Jouko Kumpula (Luke) VIDEO

“Coping strategies of herders, knowledge gaps and long-term planning needs” – Sirpa Rasmus (University of Lapland) VIDEO

“Presentation of knowledge gaps identified in the report: NIBIO Brage: Kartlegging av forskning på reindriftsområdet – kunnskapsgrunnlag og forskningsbehov”- Inger Hansen (NIBIO) VIDEO

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Join the conference on future reindeer husbandry

Climate change now effects all aspects of our lives and societies. Reindeer herding is no exception. The Nordic Conference on Reindeer Herding adresses the problem, and also focuses on the impact of predators in reindeer herding.

 

Nordic Agri Research (NKJ) invites researchers reindeer herders, stakeholders and government officials and representatives from the sector engaged in reindeer husbandry to The Nordic Conference on Reindeer Husbandry 9-10 November 2022.  The conference will be held at NIBIO Svanhovd, Pasvik, Norway.

The topic of the 2022 conference is challenges to reindeer husbandry, in particular the impact of predators, as well as consequences of a changing climate in Sweden, Finland and Norway. The first day of the conference will focus on current status, policy and governance on predators, and the second day will be focused on issues connected to climate change.

Among the speakers:
• Jutta Kapfer, NIBIO
• Øystein Holand, NIBIO
• Anna Skarin, SLU
• Snorre Hagen, NIBIO
• Antti-Juhani Pekkarinen, Luke
• Leif Anders, NRL
• Matti Blind Berg, chair, SSR
• Ander-Erling Fjällås, vice chair, SSR
• Ilpo Kojola, Luke
• Jouko Kumpula, researcher at LUKE
• Svein Morten Eilertsen, researcher at NIBIO
• Sirpa Rasmus, University of Lapland
• Inger Hansen, NIBIO

Find the agenda here!

Registration
Last day to register is 19/10.  Registration can be done here.

Fee
Participating in the conference is free, including meals and accommodation. Travelling tickets are not included. Signing up and not showing up will be charged with a fee of 500 SEK. The registration can be cancelled without any charge until 26/10.

Transportation
Remember to book your traveling tickets. Suggested flights Oslo-Kirkenes-Oslo:

Tuesday 8 November:
Norwegian 328: Oslo 17.10–Tromsø 19.05
Widerøe 918: Tromsø 19.35–Kirkenes 20.50

Thursday 10 November:
Widerøe 975: Kirkenes 14.40–Alta 15.30
Widerøe 925: Alta 15.50–Tromsø 16.30
SAS 4425: Tromsø 17.05–Oslo or Norwegian 383: From Tromsø 17.20

A connecting bus from Kirkenes airport to Svanhovd will be provided.

Clothing
The conference will take place indoors. However, just a kind reminder to bring clothes adapted to the weather conditions.

Preliminary agenda:

9 November 9-17
Part 1: Loss of reindeer to predators
Part 2: Governance and management to prevent loss of reindeer
Part 3: Presentation of ongoing research projects

10 November 9-12
Part 4: Reindeer husbandry in a changing climate

 

About NIBIO, Svanhovd
The venue of the conference will be NIBIO Svanhovd. The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) has several research stations throughout the country. NIBIO Svanhovd is situated in the east of Troms and Finnmark county, close to the Pasvik river, in the middle of the wedge of Norwegian land separating Russia and Finland in the north. NIBIO Svanhovd also runs a national park centre, a botanical garden and a conference centre.

More about NIBIO Svanhovd: Svanhovd – Nibio
Map of Svanhovd: Google Maps

Bridge builders network spread knowledge on international conference

The NKJ network Bridge builders participated in the 12th International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS 2022) was held in Lyon, France, on June 1st-3rd.
Text: Sari Ranta, coordinator Bridge builders

 

Bridge builders presented their activities at the ICCAS 2022 in order to discuss how a multidisciplinary approach can contribute with new knowledge to promote sustainable healthy aging in relation to food, nutrition, health and well-being services.

Researchers and practitioners were also invited to join the network, and to attend the webinar 14th of June.

Both the presentation and the invitation rose interest and opened opportunities to get to know new colleagues and to strengthen our co-work in ongoing and future research areas related to healthy eating and aging from a holistic perspective.

The 12th International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS 2022) was held in Lyon, France, on June 1st-3rd. Lyon, which is the capital of French gastronomy, besides serving great food also provided a wide variety of interesting topics and findings to support health and well-being and enhance the development of the food science, food industry and food services. ICCAS has initially been found as a forum for culinary artists, food scientists and food industry to have an international conference where all sides can get to know each other’s’ work, share ideas and built networks. This concept has shown to be beneficial and successful.

The theme of this conference was sustainable meal systems worldwide: Challenges for culinary arts and sciences. Topics included sustainability, meal systems, food culture, foodservice and hospitality, food systems and politics, the resilience of the food and food service sector in a crisis context, food marketing, food habits and consumer behavior, food science and safety and nutrition and wellbeing. All this was packed in seven sessions of oral presentations and 28 posters filled with interesting settings, methods and findings. Since the “menu” was so versatile and full of choices, everyone was able to find special scientific treats to please one’s needs.

The conference was hosted by the Institute Paul Bocuse, which is a leading higher education school in culinary arts, food service and hospitality. The program included a visit to the Institute’s culinary school, research center and living labs where a culinary demo and tasting as well as a reception were held.

 

More information
sari.ranta(at)xamk.fi

Publication
Michaud, M., Giboreau, A. and Perez-Cueto, A. (eds.) 2022. Twelfth International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences. ISBN 2275-5748 – Lyon, June 2022

 

The network Bridge builders – Building sustainable nutritional bridges between research and health and wellbeing services for elderly consists of expertise in food and nutrition research (healthy food, alternative proteins, mealtime interventions, aging) as well as in service applications and good practices (dietary habits and environments, training of social and health professionals). Participants represent Denmark (University College Copenhagen), Finland (South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences), Norway (University of Stavanger) and Sweden (Linnaeus University).

The epidemiology of pathogenes on apples in focus

Symtoms and defence reactions were in focus of the first network meeting of the NKJ-funded Nordic Apple Network May 18-19, 2021.

 

 

First on the agenda was an update on the current situation of fruit quality after storage and storage losses, presented by the representatives from the industry from all four participating countries. This update was followed by presentations of the ongoing research on storage conditions, storage disorders and storage diseases.

The presentations were accompanied by fruitful discussions and exchange of knowledge, regarding current problems as well as research needs, with emphasis on fruit quality loss, storage rots and physiological decay. Special attention was given to the diversity of the disease- and disorder symptoms, pathogens and their epidemiology and to the diversity of the defence reactions among cultivars. The participants stressed the importance of good pre-harvest practices for reducing post-harvest losses. Future collaborations, funding opportunities and the contents of the next workshop were also discussed. 

The meeting was hosted by SLU and took place online where 35 participants, representing research, growers, advisory services, packing houses and authorities exchanged their knowledge and experiences.

The network unites participants from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, and addresses the issue of post-harvest losses. The focus is on how to achieve improved plant health via better knowledge of epidemiology, novel monitoring tools, knowledge of cultivar pre- and postharvest physiology, disease resistance, and cultivation practices.

Successful digital matchmaking – in the time of corona

According to a study from Stanford University in 2017, 39% of all couples found their partners on the internet, and only 20% “through friends”. What works for people who search for love should also work for those looking for a research collaborator. And in an ongoing pandemic, the internet is more or less the only way of finding that partner. It was therefore natural for SNS and NKJ to make the 2020 Matchmaking Day digital.

Text and photo: Mats Hannerz, Silvinformation

 

Laptop showing a online meeting with a woman in the center of the screen. Photo.
Malin von Essen was facilitating our first matchmaking day online. It all ended really well and was promising for future online events.

Matchmaking Day is a forum where SNS (Nordic Forest Research) and NKJ (Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research) invite researchers and stakeholders from a broad spectrum of disciplines to identify possible partners and ideas for cooperation. The forum, which has been held almost annually since 2015, was switched this year to a digital platform instead of the usual mingling in person.

Focus on reindeer husbandry

The theme of the Matchmaking Day on August 25 was Reindeer husbandry in the arctic bioeconomy. The original intention was to gather potential delegates at a meeting in Inari, Finland in May 2020. But – the corona epidemic made it impossible.

– We talked a lot about a plan B, says SNS’ secretary Mimmi Blomquist, but we soon realised that the pandemic would continue for a long time, so simply postponing the physical meeting was not an option.

Instead, the meeting was held digitally, led by the facilitator Malin von Essen. Altogether 48 people were present for the full-day event.

Digital possibilities

The meeting was conducted using the Zoom platform, one of several online meeting tools. Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other services have seen an explosion in users since the pandemic forced people to work from home and avoid travelling. In just the first week from 11-18 March, Teams attracted 12 million new users, and Zoom use increased by 169% during the first months of the year.

– There are hundreds of thousands of people who are now learning how to use video conferencing services in an effective way. The changes we have been talking about for 20 years have now been implemented at record speed, says Malin von Essen.

A new reality

In her business, she moderates and organises meetings and workshops with the aim of inspiring people and taking the results back to their organisations. The meetings are normally physical, but in 2020 she had to rethink the situation.

– We carried out several digital workshops during the spring, and we have learnt a lot about the technique and how to use the potential of the services to engage participants, she says.

The Matchmaking Day was organised as a traditional meeting with lectures, but also with several shorter workshops in smaller groups. The digital platform Zoom facilitates flexible group meetings. In “break-out rooms”, participants with a common research interest could discuss cooperation in a group size allowing more intimate discussions, and the results could be presented later to the entire audience.

– Since we have chat functions and can also assemble suggestions using the menti.com tool, everyone can make their voice heard. And afterwards, other people can look at the recorded presentations and the results of the discussions, all being posted on the SNS’ website.

Content with the outcome

Mimmi Blomquist at SNS was impressed with how well the meeting worked out.

– Of course, we need to meet in person, but this is definitely an option that our research networks could use for many of their workshops. SNS and NKJ provide financial support to research networks with partners from all the Nordic countries, and also neighbouring countries. So, partners are often located thousands of kilometres apart, and we can save lots of travel costs and reduce climate impact by using these digital services, she says.

Advices for your coming digital meetings

It is easy to start a video conference, and most researchers and business people are already used to them, but to make the meetings effective, Malin von Essen has some advice:

  • Be clear about your aim and goal – why is the meeting needed and what output do you expect? Then start to think of the content.
  • Before the meeting is live, become familiar with all the functions in the digital platform. Conduct a test meeting with some friends.
  • Ensure that the meeting will function technically. Not all participants are equally comfortable, encourage them to test the technique in advance. Tell the participants to use a headset and web camera, and to avoid distracting surroundings or strong backlight.
  • Schedule breaks in the programme. It is better to have several short breaks than one long one.

Nordic funding opportunities in reindeer research:

The Nordic Committee for Agricultural and Food Research (NKJ) and Nordic Forest Research (SNS) is calling for networks that will strengthen co-operation in reindeer husbandry research in the Nordic region. The applicant must be a researcher or communicator at a research institution. The network must include researchers from at least three Nordic countries.

SNS is calling for networks exploring forests and forestry in relation to reindeer husbandry. The application deadline is September 21, 2020. Apply for SNS networks here!

NKJ prioritises networks focusing on reindeer husbandry in relation to climate change and land-use change, but networks that focus on other aspects of reindeer husbandry are also encouraged to apply. The application deadline is November 20, 2020. Apply NKJ networks here!


SEE THE PRESENTATIONS:

Morten Tryland, professor in veterinary medicine, infection biology at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

  • After a period of clinical veterinary practice, he transitioned to research and has spent most of his research career investigating infectious diseases in arctic wildlife and semi-domesticated reindeer, in close cooperation with Fennoscandian research groups and reindeer herders.
  • Morten told us about reindeer health and supplementary feeding, which is a quite complex issue.

Mortens Tryland presentation (PDF)


Jouko Kumpula, senior scientist at Natural Resources Institute (LUKE), Finland. 

  • He is an animal ecologist and is interested in changes of pastures, reasons for change and how the changes effect reindeer hearding. 

Joukos Powerpoint presentation (PDF)


Sirpa Rasmus, researcher at the University of Lapland, Arctic center, Finland.

  • She is  agefophysicist and is focused on climate impact studies.  
  • For the last ten years she has been involved in reindeer research, both climate impact research and more general research concerning reindeer. 
  • She works a lot with other researchers in interdicsplinary

Sirpas Rasmus Powerpoint presentation (PDF)


Åsa Larsson Blind, Chair of Sámiid Riikkasearvi and vice president of Saami Council.  

  • She lives in Kiruna in the Swedish part of Sápmi. 
  • She comes from a reindeer herding family in Ran reindeer herding community

She is going to speak about her vision of reindeer husbandry in the arctic bioeconomy. 


 

NordCAW symposium: antibiotic resistance, animal welfare and sustainability

Foods produced by animals with poor welfare pose a serious threat to human health. The purpose of the symposium is to increase awareness and knowledge of the One Health concept and to show that animal welfare is closely linked with the use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance and thus human health.

Text: Margareta Stéen

 

Animal welfare and animal health affect the use of antibiotics in food production and thus the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Animals that live in poor conditions become stressed and can suffer from and spread infectious diseases. The use of antibiotics increases and the risk of antibiotic resistance arises.

The Nordic and Baltic Animal Welfare Centers (NordCAW) want to be a strong voice for animal welfare and work to reduce the use of antibiotics in food production. We work in the “One Health perspective” with the aim of protecting the health and well-being of animals, people and the environment.

With the symposium, NordCAW wants to share and disseminate knowledge about the consequences for poor animal welfare for the development of AMR in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as in the rest of the EU.

When: Mars 24 2020,  10.30-17.10

Where: Audhumbla, VHC, Ultuna, Uppsala, Sweden

Networking – crucial for bioeconomy? Conference in march!

Transforming the current economy into a “new” bioeconomy needs changed institutional frameworks at regional and national level, sensitive to and inclusive of place­based knowledge. The SNS-NKJ network BioWiseTrans arranges a conference seeks to better understand the role of people and networks in this transition. Welcome to Karlstad 27-28 of March 2019!

 

Landscape view and yellow section with text. Illustration.The name of the conference is “People and networks matter – enabling sustainable bioeconomy transition” and takes place in Karlstad in Sweden 27-28 March 2019.

Join the SNS-NKJ network symposium about biocontrol

The NKJ-SNS network Dialogue Biocontrol wants to bring together researchers, commercial actors and end users with interest in biocontrol solutions for North European conditions and to strengthen the dialogue between these groups. Therefore they invite you to a one-day symposium with the titel “Biocontrol in Agriculture and Forestry – research, innovations and markets”.

The venue is Alnarp, Sweden, and the date November 13th. Ramesh Vetukuri, Johanna Witzell, Jarkko Hantula, Lars Moelbak and Birgit Jensen will talk and there will be a lot of discussions to find a way forwards.

Register by e-mail to network coordinator: ramesh.vetukuri@slu.se. Deadline for registration: November 5th.

Symposium program for Dialogue Biocontrol Network (PDF)

Upcoming conference: Agriculture in civil defence

What mutual dependence does the society, total defense and agriculture have in a crisis situation? A conference is arranged on the subject in November, sponsored by NKJ.

NJF. Logotype.Agriculture produces food, but can also add a lot of force in total defence. The machines, vehicles and knowledge in the sector can be of good use to for example extinguish fires or remove trees fallen over roads.

To do that, the agricultural sector needs fuel, water for the animals, electricity and so on in exchange.

The conference will discuss the needs on both sides to make cooperation possible and efficient.

NJF, Nordiska Jordbruksforskares förening, arranges the conference November 26-27 in Uppsala, Sweden. Here are some of the speakers:

Aud Sjökvist, the Swedish investigator of the efforts during the fire in Västmanland (Salabranden) in 2014. Former General Director of the Health services board of appeal.

Ivar Pettersen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway.

Jyrki Hakola, director of the Dept of basic Supply and Industry, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland

Björn Kjörlof, Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademin and former general director of Styrelsen för Psykologiskt Försvar och Pliktverket

 

There is a possibility to participate with a presentation or poster.

Contact:

Fredrik Fogelberg

+46 10 516 69 08

fredrik.fogelberg@ri.se

Website for registration and information (link not available)