February – December 2018
The natural fires are an integral part of taiga complexes. However, the increasing anthropogenic influence and ignitions, along with the abnormal dry seasons lead to uncontrolled fires and complete destruction of fragile mountainous landscapes. Svyatoy Nos is the biggest peninsula of Baikal and is a unique geological formation on the northeast shore of the lake.
Every year the number of tourists grows and the anthropogenic effect on the specially protected natural areas increases as well. Moreover, the high levels of fire activity were indicated. The ignitions have both the natural and anthropogenic origins. The popular ecological path «Challenge Trail» gave tourists an opportunity to travel freely around the peninsula, nevertheless, the absence of control and organized walking paths leads to the destruction of vegetation and to the creation of fire hazards.
To solve this problem the Lake Baikal Foundation together with the scientists of «Zapovednoe Podlemorye» will try to reach the balance between the development of educational tourism and environmental protection, positively affecting the preservation of natural complexes and their demonstration to the responsible visitors.
The research on the educational tourism will be realized as a part of the competition for young scientists «Baikal Initiative» under the leadership of Luzhkova Natalia, specialist of Federal State Institution «Zapovednoe Podlemorye».
Such applied researches, further usage of the results in management of specially protected natural areas and creation of convenient conditions for the visitors will grow effectiveness of natural complexes preservation.