One of the Foundation’s lines of work is promotion of sustainable tourism in the Baikal natural area. To implement this direction, the Lake Baikal Foundation turns to best practices existing in Russia and around the world. The Russian Travel Geek has proved that scientific tourism is not only possible but also useful, both for scientists and tourists, who want to broaden their horizons, get unforgettable impressions, get acquainted with the surrounding world not superficially, but plunging into the applied processes of its study. Russian Travel Geek arranges scientific tours around the world, this year the Lake Baikal Foundation showed them the unexplored Baikal.
- popularization of scientific tourism in the Baikal region;
- studying the unique Baikal’s flora and fauna.
- to work out a route of popular scientific expedition together with Russian Travel Geek and specialists from Special Protected Natural Areas;
- to organize a pilot expedition in summer, 2018.
What was done:
- the organizers arranged the route «Bear Shore» together with the specialists from the reserve «Zapovednoye Pribaikaliye»;
- 10-22 of June, 2018, Lake Baikal Foundation and Russian Travel Geek conducted a scientific expedition in the Baikal region. This was be the first scientific expedition for brown bears counting on the territory of the reserve «Zapovednoye Pribaikaliye», in which tourists took part. The expedition went through the territory of the largest intercontinental concentration of the brown bear – the Baikal National Park and the Baikal-Lensky Nature Reserve.
- The tourists immersed into the Baikal’s historical past and wildlife and introduced to true scientific expeditionary life. It was proved that scientific tourism can be developed in the Baikal region;
- The tourists counted brown bears along the Baikal’s coastal line from motor boats, recorded and described bears’ pugmark activity in the forest, counted gophers and worked out a new method of contouring this small animal’s holes.
Lake Baikal Foundation gives big thanks to Russian Travel Geek team and to Svetlana Babina, deputy head of the reserve «Zapovednoye Pribaikaliye».