Reindeer herding affected by increased tourism in Swedish mountains
- Tourism in Jämtland and Härjedalen has increased hugely in recent years, affecting other activities in the region, including reindeer herding.
- “Of course, many people see the positive sides of tourism … but in the areas where there are a lot of tourists in a small place, I think the negative sides also become clear” says Göran Gabling, Deputy Head of the Nature Conservation Section at Jämtland Administrative Board.
- The Swedish Tourist Association’s contract for hiking lodges in Jämtland and Härjedalen expires at the end of 2023, and may have to close if no new agreement is in place, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
For more on tourism’s impact on reindeer herding, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.
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Finland: Sami Parliament in Finland publishes digital guide for responsible tourism in Lapland, Eye on the Arctic
Norway: Significant metals discovery in key reindeer herding land in Norway, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Icy conditions in Sweden causing trouble for Sami reindeer herds, Radio Sweden
United States: Biden, Trudeau agree to ‘safeguard’ caribou calving grounds in Alaska refuge, CBC News