On March 22, 2018 RBC Plus One published an article on the development of tourism on Lake Baikal. The article noted that 55% of local residents believe that the development of tourism on Lake Baikal leads to negative environmental consequences, according to the sociological survey of the Lake Baikal Foundation and the Analytical Center NAFI.
The article also included comments on this issue by Michael Ovdin, director of the reserve «Zapovednoe podlemorye», and Vasily Sutula, director of the «Baikal State Reserve», who are members of the Science and Technology Council of the Lake Baikal Foundation. According to them, tourism should be developed on Lake Baikal, but carefully and safely for the environment. Vasily Sutula also emphasized that it is necessary to create a mechanism for involving local residents in cooperation in the development of tourism and services in the region, to improve legislation, to create a modern tourist infrastructure in order to reduce the anthropogenic pressure.
The full article can be read on the link.