Reindeer herding - migratory routes

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Reindeer husbandry in Norway is conducted primarily in the Sámi reindeer herding area, which is divided into six regional reindeer herding areas; East-Finnmark, West-Finnmark, Troms, Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag/Hedmark. The Reindeer herding area comprises approximately 14,000 km2 or 40% of Norway’s surface area. In addition to these are four so-called semi domesticated reindeer herding districts (tamreinlag) outside the Sámi reindeer herding area and the work with reindeer in these is of non-sámi character. The right to own reindeer according to the reindeer husbandry act includes the right to graze reindeer in the mountains and other sites, including former cultivated fields and hay meadows outside and which are not linked to inhabited areas or facilities in operation, unless they are kept in the claim and not used as pasture, unless the area is fenced to keep out reindeer. Grazing rights include the right to seasonal grazing as necessary, such as spring, summer, autumn and winter grazing and also migratory routes, calving areas and rutting areas. Outside the Sámi reindeer herding area, reindeer husbandry may not be conducted without the King’s special permission. Such permission can be granted only to a person who by written sources can prove that they are associated with the current landowners and rights holders, or can access large enough areas with good reindeer pastures. A permit may not be granted within the wild reindeer area, nor so close to the Sámi reindeer herding area that it might cause conflict. The permit can be given for a certain period and the management can be subject to certain conditions.

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Områdeavgrensningene er veiledende som informasjonsmateriale for reindriftsnæringen, offentlig forvaltning, planmyndigheter og utbyggere. Innholdet i datasettene er ikke bindende for framtidig bruk.


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Contact metadata:
Bjørnar Strøm-Hågensen, – Norwegian Agriculture Agency

Contact owner:
Bjørnar Strøm-Hågensen, – Norwegian Agriculture Agency

Contact publisher:
Ingvild Nystuen, – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research


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Licence: Norsk lisens for offentlige data (NLOD)

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