In 2012, “EthnoExpert” took part in a project that involved a comprehensive survey of the Tyan National Nasleg (the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the preparations for developing a gold deposit. The company’s experts studied stakeholder views and the building of a systemic tripartite dialogue between Nordgold, the administration and the indigenous population.

The Tyan National Nasleg of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is a place of compact Evenk settlement, who are one of the indigenous small peoples of the North of Russia. Reindeer husbandry thrives in the municipality as the main economic activity of the indigenous population. At the same time, active industrial development in the region creates additional risks for preserving Evenk ethnic and cultural identity. Building a dialogue with the indigenous population incites to take thoughtful management decisions, creating conditions for industrial development project sustainable operation.

The survey studied the living conditions of the indigenous population and the main problems that disturbed local residents in connection with the project implementation.

Based on the survey results, explorers developed a mechanism for sustainable interaction between the main stakeholders that would take into account their views when constructing the Gross mine (Nordgold).