Tourism development in Bikin National Park is declared a national priority
The Program of tourism development on the territory of Bikin National Park in 2018-2020 was approved by the Decree № 159 of the Government of the Russian Federation on February 5, 2018. Its main task is the integration of the national park, the largest protected area within the Amur tiger range and vitally important for indigenous people, into the sphere of social-economic development of the region.
The Program includes a three years Action Plan to establish favorable conditions for organizing educational tourism and public awareness campaigns on the territory of the national park. This requires an elaboration of the infrastructure plan, ecological routs, creation of conditions to provide tourist services, preparing investment proposals on recreational activity and implementation of infrastructure projects. The Action Plan, in particular, includes the construction of visitor centers, rangers stations and check points in the Takhalo River basin and near Okhotnichy village, equipment of tent camping sites on the tributaries of the Bikin River, building of guest houses for visitors in recreational zone, creation of several helicopter landing sites. Ecological trails and tourist routs for various categories of tourists will be arranged, as well as observation towers, information boards, navigation signs for tourists. The Program also includes existing activities attractive for tourists in Krasny Yar village such as celebrations of Bikin Day, Hunter’s Day, Tiger Day, producing traditional souvenirs, printing information materials, making documentaries, creating the Park’s web site with the section devoted to the tourism. Additional funds for tourist infrastructure development will be attracted on the basis of public and private partnership.
Before the Program on tourism development in the Bikin River – the “Russian Amazon” – was approved, a lot of efforts to support the Park were made by public organizations such as WWF and Amur Tiger Center. In particular, WWF supported the creation of handicraft shop in Krasny Yar village, the opening of the ethnic center and the museum exposition, holding traditional holidays and ecological camps for local schoolchildren. The check point for tourists on the Bikin River was built, the ranger station on the Ulma River was reconstructed, the funds were allocated for construction of the station in Takhalo. In 2017, with support of WWF and the Amur Tiger Center the Amur tiger camera trap monitoring was launched on the Park’s territory for the first time. The photo portraits of wild animals will help both in research work and become lovely gifts for tourists.
Bikin National Park, established on November 3, 2015, in the middle and upper reaches of the Bikin River in Primorsky province, attracts tourists due to its natural and ethno-cultural potential. This protected area saves one of the last in the Northern Hemisphere intact woodland of unique Korean pine-broadleaf forests, which are complete analogues of preglacial broad-leaved forests. The Park is home for 51 species of mammals and about 200 species of birds. This largest PA within the Amur tiger range, with an area of more than 1.16 million hectares, protects 10% of the population of this rare cat. More than half of the Bikin National Park territory is the place of traditional livelihood of indigenous people of Russia.