Conservation of unique ecosystems for ecotourism in Kamchatka, Russia

Anna Zavadskaya

The Kamchatka peninsula has a high concentration of unique conservation objects, but also a rapidly developing ecotourism system. Unreasonable management of vulnerable ecosystems may lead to their significant modification, and to the loss of habitats and species. This project aims to secure the long-term future of the unique internationally-significant Kamchatka ecosystems by providing effective management tools and raising the level of environmental awareness of local communities and stakeholders. The project activities include ornithological and geographical surveys, educational events (workshops, seminars, trainings, public lectures), communication with local authorities, stakeholders, and mass media. The data obtained will lead to recommendations that will be included into regional and local conservation and tourism development plans.