On July 23, Olga Amelkina, Senior Project Manager of Lake Baikal Foundation, spoke at the VK Fest Lecture in Sochi, which was organised by the Knowledge («Znanie») Society. The topic of discussion was traveling to popular tourist destinations in Russia: Baikal, Altai, the Murmansk region and the Republic of Dagestan.
Olga Amelkina shared her impressions of her own trip to Lake Baikal with the audience and spoke about the concept of «slow tourism»:
Ecosystems do not have time to recover from an excessively large flow of tourists. Often there is not enough infrastructure in remote parts of the regions to comfortably accommodate everyone, while the local population suffers from rising prices, traffic jams, littering of territories. Therefore, it is so important to understand — why are you going to the pristine nature? What do you want to get out of your vacation? Baikal is a place with a unique ecosystem, imbued with the spirit of ancient cultures and possessing incredible power. It is worth coming here to slow down, feel freedom and harmony with nature, relax from the noise of a big city, meditate sitting by the shore, enjoy its silence.
Olga also emphisized that a tourist is a guest on Lake Baikal, and we need to respect the wild animals that live here: do not make noise, do not leave garbage. She shared the experience of the Foundation in terms of eco-education of tourists and the local population in the Zabaikalsky National Park within the framework of the project «Trash Free National Parks».
The full recording of the meeting can be viewed via the link. Discussion «Baikal, Altai, Dagestan and the Northern Lights: everyone should see it» recorded between 2:03:25 and 3:03:00.