“We have introduced an initiative called Eco-Taimyr as a project of the Arctic Council”, said the representative of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. “The goal of the project is to restore land for indigenous peoples to conduct traditional economic activities such as gathering and reindeer herding”.
Eco-Taimyr has existed for several years. It started with a grant from the Nornickel company. Within the framework of the project, communities of indigenous peoples – Dolgans and Nenets – with the support of scientists, were engaged in the reclamation of several sections of the tundra. Several types of seeds were tested, which showed different germination and viability in tundra conditions. To date, reclamation technologies have been tested, part of the equipment has been purchased and is ready for operation in the summer season of 2021.
“We figured out the technologies that are applicable here beyond the Arctic Circle, and now we are ready to reclaim large areas of the Taimyr tundra, as well as share our experience with other residents and organizations of countries with territories in the Arctic”, said Sergey Sizonenko. “The feature of our project is that besides restoring the living cover of the tundra, we also provide jobs for indigenous peoples. And we try to create these jobs in our native language environment, so that people from the same nation work in teams. It is very important that Russia will chair the Arctic Council in 2021-2023. We have something to share with our partner countries in the Arctic”.
Text: Tatiana Ermolaeva, Photo: Elena Shchipkova / lenorlux.livejournal.com