Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions 2016 in Siberia was a great success. Explore the event in a Snowchange photo essay!
Conceptualized in 2012 by the professional Finnish fisherman Olli Klemola, the Snowchange Festivals of Northern Fishing Traditions are mechanisms by the local and Indigenous communities of the North to highlight their age-old traditional, artesan and small-scale northern fisheries.
The first Festival was held in Finland in 2014. For the 2016 Festival, Snowchange discussed with various partners the event which was decided to be held on the Lena river at the community of Zhigansk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia from 1st to 5th September, 2016.
- Snowchange Co-op
- Northern Forum
- Community and Region of Zhigansk
- Rospuutto Group, Finland
- ELOKA, National Snow and Ice Data Center, USA
- Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Local Sakha Chapter
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sakha-Yakutia, Russia
- Department of Biological Resources, Sakha-Yakutia, Russia
- Local companies, Indigenous communities, fishing families
The outcomes of the Festival included:
- Second major Festival of Northern Fishing Festival, including roundtables and competitions in various traditional skills and fisheries.
- Establishment of Snowchange Network of Northern Traditional Fisheries of Eurasia as the backbone of the future work in the region in this theme.
- Framework Agreement between the Department of Biological Resources, Sakha-Yakutia, Russia and Snowchange Cooperative to develop new steps of management, monitoring and traditional knowledge in the Zhigansk region for water and fish health.
- Decision to hold the third Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions in Khanty-Mansia, Siberia in 2018.