Performance Standard 7 aims to limit the adverse impacts that a project might have on indigenous communities.
Nord Stream 2 has carried out an extensive review of the status of indigenous peoples in the area affected by the project, in compliance with the requirements of the IFC's Indigenous Peoples performance standard, including a survey by experts from reputable academic institutions in Russia to verify our preliminary findings. The reports identified three distinct and separate ethnic groups in the project area: the Izhorians and the Vods, who are recognised indigenous people under Russian legislation, and the Ingrian-Finns, whose status is still the subject of debate. The study concludes that it would be inappropriate to enter the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process because the project does not affect the lands or territories used by indigenous people for cultural, ritual or spiritual purposes. It also does not entail the movement of indigenous people or the use of cultural resources, knowledge, innovative technologies or practices of intellectual property.
Regardless of the absence of interaction and potential impacts between the project and the indigenous people, Nord Stream 2 will endeavour to support and aid the preservation and enhancement of traditional traits and skills that could become lost with the natural ageing of these groups. This will be carried out on a purely voluntary basis and as part of the Environmental and Social Investment Programme. This includes preservation of the ancestral languages, which are listed as an endangered by UNESCO, and the support of skills and crafts such as pottery and textile weaving.