Local people in Altai raise livelihood through ecotourism
Tens of local people in Altai received basic knowledge on agro- and eco-tourism within the frameworks of WWF and Citi Foundation joint programme to reduce poaching through raising livelihood level. Beginners and skilled professionals took part in a workshop to get the knowledge on green houses, eco-camp construction, safety, marketing, financial management, ecotrail projecting and so on.
The workshop was organized by Katunsky Nature Reserve with support of WWF and Citi Foundation in May. All participants received the state ecotourism certificates.
Minister of Economic Development and Tourism of Republic of Altai Evgeny Larin who participated during the workshop said that “Altai nature is the best treasure of this land. Ecotourism both to conserve our nature and raise the livelihood of the communities may benefit all the spheres”
Moreover this spring WWF paid attention to promotion the best Altai ecotourism practices among WWF and Citi Programme participants. To promote sustainable green tourism by local communities in Altai WWF organized the Programme Corner during the International Exhibition on Travel and Tourism in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberian Federal District with 1600 visitors. Helping Altai local communities to promote their green tourism practices is a new step of WWF and Citi Programme aimed to secure nature conservation through creating alternative income for local people to distract them from earning a living through poaching or illegal logging. Advertising should ensure the tourists’ flow and a more stable income for the communities.