Our ambassadors first attended the release of the EALLIN project's executive summary. This project of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, and a partnership with the UArctic EALÁT Institute gave the opportunity for over 160 reindeer herding youth from around the world to meet and learn from each other towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. The publication was presented to Prince Albert along with a presentation of the main results from a group of young herders themselves. Several of these EALLIN young herders also participated in the program of the UArctic Student Ambassadors.
Following a specially prepared meal of reindeer delicacies, the UArctic Student Ambassadors met with the Prince to discuss the major issues from their own regions of the Arctic, and some of the common themes that they had identified over the previous days. His Serene Highness even put on his UArctic hoodie for the occasion, which had been designed for the Student Ambassadors.
Community sustainability in the face of climate change, life in the Arctic region, post-extractive industries and how regional development and international connections can counter the trend of people leaving northern commmunities were among the issues discussed by our Ambassadors and the prince.
All photos by Olga Shavrina, © UArtic/UiT - Arctic University of Norway/International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry 2015