#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The meeting was held under the Nornickel’s senior vice-president Nikolay Utkin’s heading. This summer, under the indigenous support program, the company will begin construction of housing in Ust-Avam and a first-aid post in Volochanka.
Leaders of five family-clan communities, members of the Peninsula’s Indigenous Minorities Association and Nornickel’s representatives discussed how the implementation of the Taimyr social and economic development program is progressing. It developed by the company together with public figures and the Taimyr authorities last year. The program is designed for five years. The amount of funding is two billion rubles.
Nikolay Utkin emphasized that the coordinating council will become the systemic basis that will help resolve urgent issues in a direct dialogue, make decisions on the activities of the agreement, make adjustments and new proposals.
“Here, on the territory, besides monitoring the implementation of the agreement, I will wait for other ideas from you aimed at developing and solving the problems that you and your colleagues have”, Nikolay Utkin said. “We are not limited to this agreement. We are ready to accept other suggestions, provide all kinds of assistance, including in the development and in solving everyday issues”.
Anfisa Nikiforova, head of the department for work with the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North at the Polar Division, told what is already done to support the Taimyr people. She recalled that the losses incurred as a result of the fuel spill at CHPP-3 were compensated to fifty communities and farms. The recipients were identified based on the results of an environmental impact assessment in the summer of 2020. In total, 175 million rubles allocated from the company’s budget for payments.
Now, with the support of Nornickel, a lot of work has begun on the development of reindeer husbandry in Taimyr. Almost 13 million rubles have been allocated to study the state of 15 thousand square kilometers of reindeer pastures in the Avam tundra. This work has been carried out since May by the Association of Indigenous Minorities of Taimyr and the Research Institute of Agriculture and Ecology of the Arctic and will continue until the end of the year. To understand the prospects for the development of domestic reindeer husbandry, scientists will draw up maps of the lands and determine their ecological and economic potential. At the moment, the total livestock of domesticated deer in Taimyr is 121 thousand heads.
Oksana Serova, Photo: Andrey Ivanov, Kirill Tikhomirov and Marina Peshkova