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Премия рунета 2017

Educational tourism development in the Bikin National Park

18 march 2020
On 14 March, the Bikin National Park celebrated “Va:kchai ni” ecological festival devoted to the end of the hunting season that indigenous people perform there.
“Va:kchai ni”: the celebration of the hunting season in end of Spring and its beginning in Autumn is based on an old tradition preserved by indigenous people. Having its goal to preserve the Amur tiger and its habitats as well as the traditional lifestyle for indigenous people, the Bikin National Park decided to restore this old custom to welcome and farewell the hunters by the whole village.
Va:kchai ni" Ecological Festival in the Bikin National Park
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
«Right now, the staff of the national park consists of 95 people, more than 65 are representatives of indigenous people. They work on the territory of the park as specialists and state inspectors in the protection department. No one knows taiga better than the locals, especially the Udege and Nanai. Each local hunter has an ancestral hunting site to use for free. Therefore, they are sincerely taking care of it and interested in keeping order there, tourists and visiting hunters do not violate the rules of nature management,” - says Alexei Kudryavtsev, director of the Bikin National Park.
More than 150 people became spectators and participants of the festival near the visit center of the Bikin National Park, including guests from Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, Bolshoi Kamen, Luchegorsk, as well as the villages Yasenevoe and Sobolinoye. The main component of the holiday was the competition in traditional sports of indigenous peoples. They were attended by 14 teams out of children and adults.
Alexei Kudryavtsev, director of the Bikin National Park
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
«The “Va: kchaini” festival is becoming a significant tourism event, like the Bikin Day, in the Krasny Yar. More and more people are coming to visit these unique events to be closer to the wildlife of Bikin,” says Anna Serdyuk, senior project coordinator of protected areas of WWF Russia Amur branch. In 2020, WWF together with the Bikin National Park, plans to organize a School of Tourist Guides from among local residents. The guides will receive information that will help them ensure a comfortable and, most importantly, safe presence of visitors on the territory of the national park. The Park will organize seminars for guides to learn how to act in extreme situations, provide first aid, talk about the psychology of tourists and how to present the material in an interesting way. It is important that after visiting national park tourists take with them wonderful souvenirs, and also the idea of nature conservation, the importance of the harmony of people and nature, the maintenance of traditional lifestyle of indigenous peoples.
Ecotourism development is one of the goals of the Bikin National Park
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia

WWF Russia is one of wildlife conservation organizations that put a lot of efforts in the Bikin National Park establishment.

The work on the Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East is carried out by the government with support of the Amur Tiger Center and WWF Russia.

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