For the effective development of ecotourism in specially protected natural areas (PAs), it is necessary, first of all, to resolve legal issues related to environmental expertise, regulation, development of permitted economic activities. This conclusion was reached by the participants of the round table "Environmental Expertise of Tourism Infrastructure Construction Facilities in Protected Areas" held on June 10 at the initiative of the Commission on Ecology and Environmental Protection of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.
The event was attended by representatives of the authorities, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Committee for Ecological Tourism of the Russian Union of Tourism Industry, heads of protected areas, representatives of environmental organizations, members of public associations and business communities.
According to the head of WWF Russia, Dmitry Gorshkov, it is also necessary to pay close attention to the expertise, which should not be a prohibitive tool, but a tool that can later help avoid anthropogenic impact on the territory during the construction of infrastructure facilities.
“I would like the environmental expertise to be more subject to serious, global, long-term projects, while it will be possible to see the territorial planning scheme as a whole, and not some individual buildings, fragments, and in the future, and not only at the moment and on a small scale", he stressed.