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International Financial Corporation (World Bank subdivision focusing on the private sector) on the preparation of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan:

Since most consultations took place during the winter months, a special focus was on enabling the most disadvantaged members of the local community, such as senior citizens, to attend. Vehicles were provided to those who needed them, and younger community members escorted the elderly. Where possible, the consultations were timed to start after the end of the days fishing trips. Time was allocated for the participants to share their problems and concerns. The organisers made sure that all those present were treated respectfully, and efforts were made to reach a consensus. As a result, the meetings turned out extremely long, but people felt that their presence mattered.

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Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme

The Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme was developed to ensure employment of the representatives of the indigenous peoples and their economic development, as well as in view of the existing concerns regarding impacts on their natural resources. Indigenous Peoples representatives have also emphasised the importance of traditional resource use activities (deer herding, fishing, gathering, and crafts) for preservation of their cultural heritage.

The goals of the programme include:

  • developing and preserving traditional forms of economic activity of the indigenous peoples of Sakhalin;
  • creating new jobs and economic development opportunities for the indigenous peoples on the basis of the available experience and skills;
  • increasing the production capacity of the indigenous peoples enterprises, including economic opportunities opening for them due to implementation of Sakhalin-2 Project;
  • supporting development of economically sustainable enterprises by providing them an opportunity of eventually stopping using grants and subsidies and starting using such market tools as loans;
  • encouraging raising the awareness level and improving skills in the nature protection, social, and economic aspects of reasonable use of natural resources;
  • contributing to the successful enterprises of the indigenous peoples providing social benefits and support to their local communities;
  • encouraging successful enterprises of the indigenous peoples for them to become exemplary for other enterprises.

For details on the programme please use the following links:

Regulation on the 2010 Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme

Regulation on the 2009 Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme

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