Krasnodar, 19 March. A development project for eco-tourism in natural areas of preferential protection is reportedly underway in Sochi. The details of the project were discussed last week at a meeting chaired over by Aleksandr Kozlov, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology. “Natural areas of preferential protection are part of our natural asset. We represent interests of the state, and we are obliged to preserve this asset for future generations. At the same time, people living in this country or coming to see it should have a chance to see it,” Mr. Kozlov said.
Last year, the Sochi National Park was the second most sought-after tourist destination in the city: it received more than a million visitors. The fifth place was occupied by the Caucasian State Natural Biosphere Reserve which welcomed more than 300,000 visitors.
Last November, a six-party agreement on development of the alpine tourism cluster was signed between the City Hall, the Sochi National Park, the Caucasus State Natural Biosphere Reserve, and top managers of the alpine skiing resorts. In its framework, a 1,000-kmlong unified set of hiking routes and an extensive network of bike paths joining the alpine resorts with Krasnaya Poliana will soon appear in Sochi.
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