Natura Siberica’s ethical and responsible practices contribute to sustain livelihoods of indigenous people in Siberia & Far East Russia.
In order to protect the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the North, Natura Siberica has collaborated with the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation.
Siberia is a remarkable Russian region, home to 40 distinctive ethnic groups, all of whom have long preserved their own unique cultural heritages. The variety of forms and manifestations of ethnic cultures of Northern peoples is extraordinary. Three hundred thousand people still preserve their indigenous ethnic and local traditions, and continue to speak about two hundred different dialects and languages.
Unfortunately, for years there have been obvious tendencies for indigenous peoples to slowly disappear, gradually dissipating into the general Russian melting pot. The cultural peculiarities, traditions and values of these Siberian ethnic groups are being lost.
Natura Siberica follow an active social policy in order to help revive and preserve these unique traditions.
Natura Siberica has sponsored the English edition of the First Encyclopedia of Indigenous Peoples of the North. This crucial text will provide a great number of people, all over the world, with the opportunity to discover this region’s native culture and traditional ways of life.
In addition, we have supported the Second Russian Open Dance Championship of the Indigenous Peoples of the Kamchatkan North at the Itelman “Alkhalalalay” festival.
In 2013 we launched a program with Irkutsk Botanic Garden in which we committed to planting 70,000 rare plants by 2018.
Construction of our Organic Farm was carried out in consultation with the representatives of the indigenous peoples of Siberia, who know the specifics of their unique land. They work the farm and hand pick the herbs, are payed premium prices to do their manual plant and herb picking, and as the farm grows new jobs are created for the local communities.
Natura Siberica has been honoured multiple awards recognizing our commitment to local communities and nature.