Central research questions were:
• Is "overgrazing" the only problem and reducing the number of reindeer the only solution in reindeer management?
• What are the key issues in reindeer management for the local reindeer herding communities?
• What is the future of reindeer management in northern Fenno-Scandia and adjacent northwest Russia?
• We know a lot about winter pastures, but what about the quality of summer pastures?
• Can herders participate meaningfully in the research process?
• How best to integrate reindeer management with other uses of the northern environment, such as tourism, forestry, and hydropower?
The project involved partners from nine institutes in five countries:
1. Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (coordinator);
2. Department of Geography, University of Oulu;
3. Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovaniemi;
4. Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo;
5. Institute for Polar Ecology, Christian-Albrechts
University, Kiel, Germany;
6. The Norwegian Crop Research Institute, Tromsø,
7. Department of Social Anthropology, University of
8. Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology,
Uppsala University, Sweden;
9.Institute for Anthropological Field Research, New
Bulgarian University, Sofia,Bulgaria.
RENMAN project participants in Oteren, Norway discussing
the selection of study sites along the Norway/Finland border.
In the photo from left are as follows: Johan Mathis Turi,
Chairman of the Association of World Reindeer Herders;
Christian Uhlig, researcher from Norwegian Crop Research
Institute; Heidi Kitti, Ph.D. student from Arctic Centre,
University of Lapland; and Timo Kumpula, Ph.D.
student from Department of Geography, University of Oulu.
Photo: Bruce Forbes