Hardangervidda, Riksvig 7 | The wild reindeer tribe must be saved, the tunnel gives them space for a better life

Hardangervidda, Riksvig 7 |  The wild reindeer tribe must be saved, the tunnel gives them space for a better life

Soon, politicians in Parliament will deal with both the wild reindeer notification and the national relocation plan. These cases should be viewed in context, as the associated measures could actually save the endangered wild reindeer tribe of Hardangervidda.

The animals will then have to reclaim land north of National Highway 7. This will give the wild reindeer access to a much larger and better grazing area. They need to do so quickly, because the condition of the animals is worse than ever. A tunnel must therefore be quickly built under Deranot, as one of several urgent measures.

The people who signed this post are all wild reindeer herders. Early on, we had to join our parents in hunting. Now I fear that future generations will not get that nature experience. Several of us gathered in Deranot last fall for a meeting about what could be done to save wild reindeer. Today, the road over the Deranoth Meadow serves as an effective fence for access to many of the animals' historic migration routes. This view has also been supported by the Norwegian Reindeer Centre. In the input meeting and subsequent reports from both the state managers in Viken and Trøndelag, the tunnel was also mentioned as one of several measures to save wild reindeer.

We must not forget that Norway bears responsibility for international supervision of these animals, which are now on the Red List of threatened species. The tunnel will be a positive contribution, not only to wild reindeer, but we will also have a safer and winter-proof mountain crossing between east and west. To enhance preparedness in an unstable world with a harsher, wetter and warmer climate, satisfactory critical infrastructure must be ensured. pastor. 7 Hardangervidda is the emergency route of the Bergen railway corridor, and a more predictable section in winter with tunnels is necessary. We also know that the closure of the Lærdal Tunnel over 5 years will lead to changes in the traffic pattern, with a 50-70% increase in traffic over Hardangervidda. The constant change in traffic makes it necessary to improve the road over Hardangervidda, with a tunnel under Deranot.

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It will ensure life for both wild reindeer and road users.

Best regards, young reindeer herders.

Dalila Awolowo

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