The IGRAS team started its visit to Dagestan by the participation in the Mountain Forum “Efficient Development of Mountainous Territories of Russia” organized on 26-28 July by the government of the Republic. The Forum was a part of the Year of Mountains celebrated in Dagestan and was opened by Ramazan Abdulatipov, Head of the Republic, and Lev Kuznetsov, Federal Minister for North Caucasus Affairs. The event gathered a great number of scholars and experts from all republics and regions of North Caucasus, members of the Dagestani government and heads of municipal districts. Vladimir Kolosov was invited to make a presentation at the plenary meeting and Olga Vendina was a speaker at the session devoted to local initiatives in the afternoon.
A workshop scheduled on local development initiatives was held on 30 July in the village of Churtakh, Lackh district, located at the altitude of about 2,100 m. Besides the members of the IGRAS team and Dagestani scholars, there were the heads of the mountainous Lackh District, the mayor of the village, experts from North Ossetia, Chechnya, Stavropol region and representatives of the CASCADE’s “sister” project ISSICEU. The workshop was opened in the presence of local inhabitants.