The ecotourism industry is hampered by outdated regulations and a lack of funds for the development of protected areas
The request for a change in the legislation, including a change in the 33-FZ, which was adopted in 1995, is overdue. The need to reformat it is there. At the moment, the governmental amendments to 33-FZ on ecological tourism have been prepared. ... Just what you said, the mechanism of interaction between government and business, transparent, open, understandable to all. ... Plus, in this bill, we would like to consolidate the plan of recreational activities. At the moment, our national parks live in a rather chaotic way in their development, including ecological tourism and ecological education. We would like to introduce the concept of a plan of recreational activities and environmental education, with a planning period of 10 years, and this document should be approved at the level of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia — Irina Makanova, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Development of Specially Protected Natural Areas, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
Today we have more than 10% of this vast territory [of Zabaikalsky Territory]] designated as specially protected areas, 4% of them have federal status, and everything is clear here with financing, with work, with the organization of work. We believe that we need to continue building up and preserving the natural riches of this regional territory. But since 70% of the regions in the Far East are severely underfunded, and one of the most underfunded is the Zabaykalsky Territory, of course, we have an acute lack of resources to develop such vast areas properly and properly maintain flora and fauna and carry out all development activities — Alexander Osipov, Governor of Trans-Baikal Territory.
It often happens that companies only look at their territory, their area of responsibility, tidying up near the platform, near the quarry. Here it is imperative to find platforms for dialogue, where to bring together different companies, society, authorities and work not at the site level, but at the landscape level, at the ecosystem level. In other words, there has to be a comprehensive approach — Petr Shpilenok, Director, Kronotsky State Natural Biosphere Reserve.