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Measures to guide ecotourism development in Belarus till 2025 approved

Society 25.03.2017 | 18:42
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MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – A set of measures to guide the development and promotion of ecological tourism in nature conservation areas in Belarus till 2025 has been approved, representatives of the National Tourism Agency told BelTA.

The document stipulates the main tasks for all the agencies involved in developing and promoting ecological tourism. In particular, there are plans to create a brand name for every nature conservation area on the list of areas earmarked for ecological tourism development. There are also plans to form tourism infrastructure, build and operate visitor centers, develop and introduce transboundary tourism routes in nature conservation areas.

Plans have been made to develop and introduce a system for voluntary ecological certification of ecological tourism products. There are plans to launch a website dedicated to Belarusian agricultural and ecological tourism and an interactive website that will offer virtual tours across Belarusian nature conservation areas.

Ecotourism clusters will be created using the Berezinsky biosphere reserves, the national parks Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Narochansky, Braslavskiye Ozera, Pripyatsky, and the wildlife sanctuaries Krasny Bor, Osveisky, Sporovsky, Srednyaya Pripyat, Yelnya, Ozery, Naliboksky, and Selyava. Representatives of the private sector and local residents are expected to contribute to the effort. Ecological festivals will be arranged in the regions.

The measures will be financed by the central state budget and municipal budgets via government programs. International technical aid, donations of corporations, and other legal sources will be used as well.

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