Drying fish. Photo by M. Enghoff
Since 2017, NORDECO has facilitated a community-based monitoring capacity development process among indigenous peoples’ communities along the Lena River in Yakutia. This work is undertaken in collaboration with the Centre for Support to Indigenous People of the North (CSIPN) and the Republic Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation of Sakha Republic. The results are described here.
The communities comprise fishermen, hunters and reindeer herders who are heavily dependent on the living natural resources. They face serious challenges in relation to accessing the resources due to changes in resource availability and threats, including pollution and resource depletion caused by mining and the oil and gas industry, as well as companies utilizing and increasingly monopolising the fish resources.
The areas are classified as traditional areas of occupational use. This is a legal status that gives indigenous communities in Russia a degree of protection but, in practise, it has proved difficult to enforce this status in relation to protecting the rights of indigenous communities. Support for the knowledge co-production in Yakutia has been provided by the EU H2020 project INTAROS.
Enghoff, M., Vronski, N., Shadrin, V., Sulyandziga, R., Danielsen, F. 2019. INTAROS Community-Based Monitoring Capacity Development Process in Yakutia and Komi Republic, Arctic Russia. CSIPN, RIPOSR, NORDECO and INTAROS.