Prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats

$35,795 $39,205
Raised Remaining


Stop governmental sale to developers of endangered habitats and pristine lands by securing legal communal title and rights to the ancestral lands of 60,000 indigenous Siberians.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The unspoiled land of Altai are a global legacy that the Altai people have held in trust forever. Fund the surveying and registration of 100 communal tracts of land (300-400 acres/tract) and five unprotected UNESCO World Heritage Sites, before unregistered lands must be forfeited to the government in 2010 due to new Russian land privatization laws. Villages are completely mobilized, needing only the funding for the required fees. Displacement would mean devastation of cultural wisdom and land.

How will this project solve this problem?

Women elders lead in gathering their communities to protect aboriginal lands and culture. Volunteers secure complex documentation to be processed through the government and courts, to officially survey, register, and secure communally-held lands.

Potential Long Term Impact

Survival of culture, health, and continue traditional role as stewards of the land. Indigenous ownership will protect sacred virgin lands from the massive commercial and tourism development projects that are already moving forward in the region.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $35,795

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $35,795 .  The original project funding goal was $75,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 374 donors like you, a total of $35,795 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Altai Mir University

Shoreline, WA, United States

Project Leader

Carol Hiltner

Seattle, WA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats