The national park has swallowed up a whole district: people do not know how to live
Bering Island, NASA snapshot
255 residents of the village of Nikolskoye, Aleutian District of Kamchatka (Bering Island, Group of Commander Islands) wrote an appeal to the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, to the government of Kamchatka Territory with a request not to extend to the northern part of Bering Island the national park created on the site of the Commander Reserve.
Residents are convinced that the creation on the site of their village and the area of the National Park will make life and work impossible for them.
In August 2018, 321-ФЗ was passed, which amended the law on specially protected areas.
According to the document, the reserve Commander is transformed into a national park, with the expansion of borders.
After the transformation, the village of Nikolskoye, in which representatives of the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka live, will become part of the National Park.
Residents Nikolsky argue that this is contrary to federal law, since the transformation of the reserve does not imply a change in its boundaries.
In the northern part of the island, on which it is supposed to extend the borders of the National Park, there is not only a village, but also an airport, a road of regional significance, lands of tribal communities, fishing areas of the Aleutian Fish Factory, which are simply not in the project.
Residents of one of the most remote settlements of Russia are confident that the restrictions imposed by the status of the National Park threaten them with job loss and hunger.
Indigenous people will be deprived of the right to practice traditional activities – hunting and fishing.
However, the Directorate of the Commander Reserve, claim that the rights of indigenous peoples will not be violated, on the contrary, they will get the opportunity to hunt reindeer, which they have been asking for a long time, and the status of the reserve, unlike the National Park, prohibits it.
There are no reactions of regional and federal authorities to the appeal of residents of the Aleutian region.
It is not the first time when the indigenous people of Kamchatka complain about the infringement of their rights in the region. Indigenous peoples limit the right to fish in tribal areas, to hunt, business increasingly encroaches on the aboriginal native lands.
July 22, 2019 at 12:41
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