Information post release after the First Internet Conference on Ecotourism in Russia

Information post release after the First Internet Conference on Ecotourism in Russia

Ministry of Nature Resources of Russian Federation


Information post release after the First Internet

Conference on Ecotourism in Russia



Ecotourism initiatives in Russia may become an alternative to holidays abroad for Russian tourists during the different macroeconomic situation of the country.


This was stated by Mr.Rinat Gizatulin, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, at his opening speech at the Internet conference, "Protected Areas as a strategic element for the ecotourism development in the Russian Federation."


The Deputy Minister said "Ecotourism tourism could be a significant alternative for Russian tourists to holidays abroad in the difficult macroeconomic situation because the recreational potential of the Russian protected areas allows to increase the flow of tourists in several ways without any damage to the unique natural complexes. "


The interaction between federal bodies of protected areas and tour operators came to a new level over the past five years. Sixty-seven federal agencies have entered into treaties and agreements with tour operators and travel agents to increase tourist services by the end of 2014.


In addition, a number of federal bodies were certified as tour-operators by the Russian Ministry of Tourism, and all of them were registered in the Federal Register of Tour Operators. In this case, eleven federal agencies took part in the system of voluntary certification of the tourist and sightseeing activities.


The Deputy Minister noted that some progress in the field of ecotourism is closely linked with anticipated appropriate modifications and additions to the legislation of the Russian Federation.


He also noted the rapid development of integrated infrastructure in nature reserves and national parks, explaining that it applies equally to both types of demonstration projects, inside infrastructure facilities and guest infrastructure around the protected areas and reserves.


The Deputy Minister said: "Russia has the most extensive network of protected areas in the world so today we are faced with a difficult but ambitious task. We must not only continue the development of tourism in protected areas but also to create the conditions for maximum positive social impact in the regions by means of the ecotourism development.


The system of federally protected areas includes 103 state nature reserves, 47 national parks, and 65 federal reserves. The total area of the federal protected areas is about 2.7% of the territory of Russia without numerous (about 20,000) regional protected areas.


Fifty-three speakers from forty regions of the Russian Federation and five speakers from foreign countries (USA, UK, Iceland) took part in the Conference. Among them were representatives of federal executive bodies, Russian, foreign and international organizations, and Russian national parks and reserves. There were about 2,000 people in the audience. 


Dr. Kelly Bricker the Chair of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) was among the key speakers at the plenary session. She was the honorable guest and she presented on Ecotourism and Protected Areas, and the role of the Society in promoting projects dedicated to creating positive change for communities and conservation.


Internet conference participants presented on a wide range of issues related to the development of ecotourism. Each presentation included a question and answer forum, as well as a discussion.


Ecotourism is an integral part of sustainable environmental management and its provision is considered in the Environmental Doctrine of the Russian Federation among the main directions of state policy in the field of environmental protection.


According to the Concept of the protected natural territories development in Russia, the purpose of cultural tourism, a specialized kind of ecotourism, is to introduce people to the natural and cultural attractions of Russia.  


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