On the sixth of September 2018, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (www.oprf.ru) held a round-table discussion in Moscow on the topic ‘The creation of national trails in order to promote ecological tourism in Russia’, in which representatives of government agencies and public organisations, as well as specialists and scientists, participated.
Eleanora Eremchenko, Executive Director of the Great Baikal Trail, presented her report ‘Problems with constructing and arranging trails in Russia, through the example of the Great Baikal Trail’.
Furthermore, creators and executors of projects such as ‘Moscow’s Green Ring’, ‘The Road to Lavra’, ‘The Great Crimean Trail’ (Aleksandr Sovetov), ‘The Great Sevastopol Trail’ (Aleksandr Zheleznyak), ‘The Great Valdayskaya Trail’ (Marina Gritsun), the mountain park ‘Ruskeala’ (Denis Doropey), as well as others, spoke at the event.
Do bear in mind, however, that for the time being, trails in Russia do not hold statutory status. Considering international experience with this issue, the adoption of federal laws regarding trails is essential. The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation are now gathering on this topic for the second time, and, according to the results of the discussions, will make proposals to the government and to numerous ministries.
Many thanks to En+ Group (www.enplus.ru) for their support and sponsorship, which allows specialists of the GBT Association the opportunity to participate in events happening in other cities.