LIENIP participated in holidays in the Tuva Republic
: 20/09/2011

09/10 August 2011 in Kyzyl (Tuva Republic) the Association of indigenous communities of Tuvinians-Todzhin "Tos-Ciadir" in partnership with the Tuva Institute of Humanitarian Studies in support of the Government of the Republic of Tuva and IPO "LIENIP held a seminar "Topical issues of indigenous rights to traditional nature management: Russian and international contexts."

The seminar was held at the remarkable day for all of indigenous peoples - International Day of Indigenous Peoples of the World. This year, in the Tuva Republic a number of major festivals is concentrated at the same time 90th anniversary of the Tuva Republic and national holiday "Naadym".

The participants of the seminar were welcomed by the adviser of the plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tuva in Moscow Ondar Chimit-Dorzhu Baiyrovich. Also, president of NGO "LIENIP" Gulvayra Kutsenko and executive director of the Association of indigenous communities Tuvinians-Todzhin "Tos-Ciadir" Tatiana Demkina greeted the participants.

Beeche-ool Svetlana Mongushevna, Head of Sociology Sector of the Tuva Institute of Humanitarian Studies spoke on "Traditional nature management of Tuvinian-Todzhin people at the modern stage." Gulvayra Kutsenko told the participants about the Second International Decade of Indigenous Peoples and the history of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples of the World.

The basis of Russian legislation to protect the rights of indigenous peoples were presented by Elena Nechushkina. Particular attention was caused with the protection of rights to land and natural resources. Heated debate revolved around the new law "On territories of traditional land of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Russian Far East."

After lunch, Byurbyu Baiyr-Belek V., chief economist of the Tuvan branch of JSC "Russian Agricultural Bank informed the participants about the possibilities of obtaining loans for development of private farming. This program is useful for agricultural producers, as the program provides interest rate subsidies on loans from the budget. After the presentation, participants made suggestions or complaints regarding the activities of branches of "Agricultural Bank" in the areas of Tuva.

On the second day of the seminar Arakchaa Kara-Kys Dongakovna spoke. Her performance of Tyva arzhaan-springs caused genuine interest in everyone. Special attention was given to the possibility of legal protection of natural Arzhaan complex "Choyganskie mineral water."

Participants of the seminar were over 30 representatives of indigenous communities, academia, civil society organizations. Particularly valuable was the participation of reindeer breeders, especially those coming from distant regions to participate in the seminar.

All the participants noted the high importance of the seminar and spoke about the need for such workshops in future, especially in remote areas of Tuva.

At the end of the workshop on the basis of the proposals participants formed resulting recommendations. These materials will be presented to the authorities of the Republic of Tuva, Russian Federation. We are grateful to Tuva Institute of Humanitarian Studies for assistance in organizing of the workshop.

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