The 2011 International Altai Expedition, Environmental Clean-up, and "Peace-Mapping" Summit promotes international support for the at-risk environment and culture of the Altai Republic in Siberia.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The 55,000 Altai people have asked for international help to protect their environmentally sensitive and at-risk lands. Although some international help is now being provided, more is needed. Altai is the birthplace of global shamanism and has been a place of pilgrimage for millennia. Due to an influx of ethnic Russians in the last 20 years, the Altai people are now outnumbered 3 to 1; their traditional lands are being exploited and their waters polluted.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will support an international delegation to visit Altai, where they gain first-hand experience and personal connections that will enable them to inspire others in their home-countries to support the Altai people.
Potential Long Term Impact
Through exchanges and delegations in the past 5 years, Altai Mir University has fostered direct international involvement of several other organizations, expanding the possibility of support for the Altai people to steward their traditional lands.
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,945
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 $9,945 . The original project funding goal was $30,000.