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North America, United States
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5 879 092

The Introduction of Reindeer to Alaska

The US Government begins importation of some Sami Reindeer Herders and their Reindeer–both native to Northern Scandinavia–to Alaska in an effort to teach the Inuit population to herd Reindeer as a source of income and sustenance.


The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on 24 March 1989, it releases 41.6 million tons of crude oil along the coast of Alaska. The spill causes enormous damage to local ecosystems and wildlife.


Agreement on the Conservation of the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the “1002 Area”

The United States and Canadian governments sign the “Agreement on the Conservation of the Porcupine Caribou Herd”, which protects the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from potential damage caused by nearby offshore oil drilling.


Why Do We Value Diversity? Biocultural Diversity in a Global Context

About this issue

The concept of biocultural diversity was introduced by ethnobiologists to argue that the variation within ecological systems is inextricably linked to cultural and linguistic differences. In this volume of RCC Perspectives, scholars from a wide range of fields reflect on the definition, impact, and possible vulnerabilities of the concept.