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THE FIRST ECOTRAIL OPENED IN THE NATIONAL PARK «ALANIA»

02 november 2019
WWF-Russia and Kinder® brand have opened an equipped ecological trail in the National Park "Alania" as part of the first joint environmental initiative. Opening ceremony was held the day before in the Irafsky District of North Ossetia.

It took several months for the Project implementation. Route to the Galdoridon waterfall is 4 km long. The main Project’s goal is to provide an opportunity to see the Caucasus wild nature and unique landscapes, to understand historical and cultural heritage of highlanders and to tell about rare and Red Data book’ plants and animals of the Republic to broader audience. The key idea is that the ecological trail should not impacts on nature.

Ministry of Natural Resources of North Ossetia, WWF-Russia, Ferrero Russia, the National Park «Alania», and Irafsky District administration officials took part in the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia
Now Park’s visitors will be walk and get to know with natural attractions without affecting for wildlife and in comfortable environment. The trail was expanded and strengthened. There are comfortable benches for the rest, recreation areas and children's playground, baskets for waste sorting, and information boards with data about local plants and animals. The Project implementation, which was developed by WWF-Russia, largely became possible thanks to participation of Kinder® brand.
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

New natural trail creation is designed to attract attention to the WWF-Russia's Program of Persian leopard reintroduction in the Caucasus. Two leopards were released in the National park «Alania» in summer 2018.

«The National Park “Alania” is situated on crossroads of very important ecological corridors which connect western and eastern parts of the Greater Caucasus Range. Therefore, their integrity is crucial to sustain  for successful implementation the Program of Persian leopard reintroduction. The National Park plays a pivotal role in eco-corridors’ maintenance, but it should be clear that the National Park performance depends on cooperation with locals. We have laid foundation for involving local people into joint conservation activities today», - Valery Shmunk, Director of the "Russian Caucasus" Ecoregion Office, WWF-Russia says

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

«We’re happy to do our part to such an important project», - Marina Tatarskaya, PR director «Ferrero Russia» company comments. – «We would like to conserve beauty and wealth of our planet for future generations, and this requires educating our children and teaching them to love and treat nature with care. We are very grateful to WWF-Russia team for their cooperation and support us at all stages of the Project.»

«It’s an important stage in eco-tourism development. We welcome guests and would like as many people as possible to know about our National Park, about unique nature of our Republic. Our actions are aimed at development of tourism, which doesn’t destroy, but enlightens and conserves nature», - Marat Gatziev, Director of the National Park "Alania" said.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

From May to October - the best time to visit ecotrail. Nature of the landscape is most beautiful for visitors in this season.

(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia
For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office