Breakthrough in Solar Panel Summit in Siberia

Training under way in Yakutsk.

Training under way in Yakutsk.

Historic training and cooperation summit in Yakutsk has concluded. The Barefoot trainers, mrs. Fatma and mr. Abin Thomas have successfully delivered a training course for the nomadic Indigenous communities of Lower Kolyma, Sakha-Yakutia. The parties have agreed on future steps of solar panel expansion.

Abin Thomas addresses the summit.

Abin Thomas addresses the summit.

As discussed yesterday on Al-Jazeera and in the Narwhal newspiece in Canada, measures of maintaining Indigenous communities on the land will require new solutions and new innovations this century. The summit and training in Yakutia delivers steps for the nomadic communities to succeed. The College of Northern Peoples and the regional nomadic communities, such as Nennen have agreed to discuss sending delegates to be further trained in Barefoot College in 2019.

Abin training the local delegates.

Abin training the local delegates.

The summit and training workshop was made available through the generous funding of Hogan-Lovells as well as Barefoot College and the Snowchange Cooperative. Delegates are thankful also to Government of Sakha-Yakutia, all nomadic communities and regional authorities as well as Northern Forum Academy.

Nomadic community of Nennen with Abin and Fatma.

Nomadic community of Nennen with Abin and Fatma.

Special gratitude goes out to mr. Chris Madine and mrs. Maria Krivashapkina for maintaining the solar panel coordination and skills in Kolymskaya and the UK in recent years. The results of the summit will be further disseminated in the Lippo 2018 – Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions next week in Tornio, Finland.

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