The development of nature tourism in Russia requires a national standard to create the appropriate infrastructure

The development of nature tourism in Russia requires a national standard to create the appropriate infrastructure


The toolkit of “green standards” for the design and construction of infrastructure, focused on environmental protection, human well-being and economic efficiency, came to the Russian development market in the wake of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Such performance gives practical guidance and expert support to achieve the best result.

“Today green technologies are an international agenda. Unfortunately, the existing standards, which are used in construction, are not aimed at environmental friendliness of objects, but primarily at their safety. And if in the construction of residential buildings or offices "green standards" are already actively used, then at the level of creating recreational facilities this topic has never been raised. Today there are attempts to create tourist infrastructure in various natural areas, but such knowledge and practices have never been generalized. The Rosa Khutor resort is the first example, - said the director of the Scientific Research Institute of Sustainable Development in Construction.

The "Green Code" of the Rosa Khutor resort can become the basis for the national standard for the creation of tourist infrastructure. It will be used to create a network of support camps and routes between them in the mountains of Sochi.

The Green Code is our corporate standard by which we will assess the quality of the construction of tourist infrastructure for nature tourism. Such objects should, on the one hand, meet the expectations of guests, and on the other, not turn into an operational problem for the investor in terms of costs. Our task is to maintain a high level of service, but to do so within the framework of a normal business model. Such a standard is not a dream that everything should be green, it is a rational approach to managing the quality of construction, ”stressed Dmitry Kolosov, Director for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of the Rosa Khutor Resort.

The discussion on the need to introduce green standards in the creation of recreational facilities at the conference in Sochi was one of the first steps in their implementation. It was attended by Director of the Ugra National Park Viktor Grishenkov, Chairman of the Board of the National Association for Ecological Tourism “Elim-Ai” of the Republic of Kazakhstan Samal Ibraeva, Chairman of the RuGBC Green Building Council Guy Eames, Head of the RST Sustainable Tourism Development Committee Victoria Saar.

Today, a working group is being formed from representatives of the professional community, which will include architects, ecologists, and professionals according to the general plan. The first edition of the national industry standard for the creation of recreational infrastructure will be presented in March 2022.

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