In 2020 Baikal is one of the most popular destinations for domestic tourism. The tourist season in Zabaikalsky national park started later than usual, but according to preliminary estimates, the number of visitors will exceed the figures of last year. In order to prevent the growth of anthropogenic pressure on the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal, we decided to strengthen the educational component of the «Trash Free National Parks» program.
Throughout the summer, volunteers work in Zabaikalsky national park to explain to visitors the rules of responsible waste management: how to prevent excessive waste formation, why the «Carry In – Carry Out» principle is so important and how to correctly use the separate waste collection points located in the park’s campsites.
In addition eco-activists from Ulan-Ude conduct workshops and lectures on nature for children and adults on the topic of caring for the environment and responsible consumption. The events were specifically supported by partners from among representatives of local small and medium-sized businesses as well as the administration of the Barguzinsky district of the Republic of Buryatia.
An entire eco-school was formed on the basis of the «Trash Free National Parks» program through which hundreds of tourists and volunteers passed during the season. By learning about responsible tourism, sorting and recycling waste, caring for wildlife and immediately applying them in practice, they establish appropriate environmental habits in their lifestyle. It is extremely important that visitors and volunteers then transfer this knowledge and skills to others in their city, village, educational institution or organization.
Volunteers will work in the national park until the end of August.