The Danish-Greenlandic Project
for Assistance to the Indigenous Peoples of Russia

April 1999

Mads Fægteborg
Executive Director,
Head of Office,
Committee "Natur og Folk i Nord"
(NFN; Nature and Peoples of the North),
project responsible NGO

The objectives of this project harmonise with the policy of Denmark-Greenland in promoting sustainable development throughout the circumpolar North and fostering circumpolar co-operation among the Arctic nations in support of this policy, notably through the creation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) and the Arctic Council.

Phase 1 of the project ran from March 1, 1997 until May 31, 1998, with financial support amounting to DKK 1,612,350 from Miljostyrelsen, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). Phase 2 started up after a short delay on July 1, 1998 and will run until December 31, 2000. DEPA is supporting Phase 2 with DKK 4,153,100.

Goals: The goal of Phase 2 is to further strengthen the capacity of RAIPON and the Russian Indigenous Peoples' movement, thereby enabling them to ensure sustainable development and environmental rehabilitation in those regions where traditional land use takes place.

Objectives: The objectives of this Phase 2 are as follows:

  1. to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples representative structures, regionally and nationally.
  2. to enable the Indigenous Peoples to address the local problems and concerns within the field of environment etc. by establishing a network.

Description: In Phase 2, the work will focus on:

  1. the use of traditional knowledge and other experiences of Indigenous Peoples
  2. Indigenous Peoples' influence on the environmental health of their territories
  3. the conservation of indigenous subsistence life styles




NFN is well aware of the critical situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Russia, and therefore welcomes other initiatives to assist or support the Indigenous Peoples of Russia, among those, the initiative taken by UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

NFN wishes to establish and maintain contact with relevant international fora involved in giving aid to Russia. At the same time NFN is afraid of overlapping activities. It is of utmost importance that existing projects will be co-ordinated with proposed projects. NFN has over the last couple of years had excellent communication with ICC-Canada, and is looking forward to a similar relationship with UNEP/GRID-Arendal, not only on this project but also with respect to the continuation of SIPERA. NFN has the opinion that the best co-ordination will be executed by RAIPON. Most positively, we have noted the Comparative Analysis presented by Pavel Sulyandziga, project co-ordinator of the Danish-Greenlandic Project and 2nd vice-president of RAIPON (see below).


Update 29-11-2001