A New Look at Protection of Cultural Heritage and Nature
: 18/10/2010

An educational workshop "Indigenous Peoples and Protection of Environment, Historical Monuments and Culture of the Territory of Traditional Nature Use "Ere Chui" of Kosh-Agach District of Altai Republic" will take place on 21-23 October, 2010 in the assembly hall of the Kosh-Agach District Administration. The workshop will be held by the Regional public organization "Information Center of Indigenous Peoples of Altai Republic "Birlik", the Association of Telengits Indigenous Communities "Ere Chui" (The Holy Chui), the Development Department of the Territory of Traditional Nature Use of the Kosh-Agach District's Department of Culture with the assistance of the Interregional public organization "L'auravetl'an" Information and Education Network of Indigenous Peoples" and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Roslesinforg" within the bounds of the UNDP/GEF project "Biodiversity Conservation in the Russian Portion of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion". The territory of traditional nature use of regional significance "Ere Chui" was established in Kosh-Agach District of Altai Republic under the resolution of the district deputies' council of 28 May 2009. The head of Kosh-Agach District Leonid Efimov not long ago adopted the statute of out-of-staff public inspectors who will assume responsibility for protection of the specially protected natural territory, protection of rare animal species (argali, snow leopard). Inspectors will be from among indigenous representatives of the district - Telengits.

The workshop participants will become familiar with legal practice in the field of protection and use of natural resources, wildlife, plants, historical and cultural monuments, ecostandards compliance as well as with the rights and obligations of public inspectors of the territory of traditional nature use "Ere Chui". They will also discuss development of environmental education, forming of environmental culture on the said territory and learn about mechanisms of participation of citizens and communities in solving problems of environmental protection in Kosh-Agach District. In addition, representatives of communities and indigenous organizations of the district will become familiar with the Russian legislation in the field of protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
Representatives of organizations and Telengit indigenous communities; experts of state nature conservation and law-enforcement agencies of Altai Republic; the Federal Border Service of the Russian Federation; the Committee on Protection, Use and Reproduction of Fauna Objects of Altai Republic; the Cultural and Historical Heritage Agency and representatives of public authorities of Kosh-Agach District will directly participate in the event. All comers are invited to take part in the workshop.
The contacts for additional information:
39/1 Choros-Gurkina Str., office 8, Gorno-Altaysk.
Tel./fax: +7 (38822) 2-69-90, +7 (38842) 23-4-47, e-mail altai@indigenous.ru
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