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VTB Bank supported environmental projects of the Kronotsky Reserve
VTB Bank provided financial assistance to the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. The funds received from the bank were used to improve the material base, improve environmental protection activities in protected areas, implement educational programs and raise the level of environmental culture of residents and guests of Kamchatka. Environmental projects are supported within the framework of the Healthy Country program, which aims to take care of the health and well-being of the population, including the preservation of protected areas and biodiversity in Russia.
Thanks to the bank, the design of the visitor center at the Ozerny cordon of the South Kamchatka reserve has begun, which is scheduled to open in 2023. It will operate all year round. The authors will devote the main part of the modern interactive exhibition to the socioecosystem of the south of Kamchatka. The presence of such a center will make it possible to more effectively conduct environmental and educational activities with visitors to the reserve and competently manage the tourist flow.
VTB supported the creation of a modern technical base. For storage of material and technical means, repair and maintenance of equipment of the reserve, a land plot was purchased in the city of Yelizovo. The base will be located near the helipads in the Elizovsky district, which will allow the reserve to optimize logistics by delivering the necessary cargo faster and cheaper.
The development of ecological tourism is one of the main directions of the nature conservation work of the Kronotsky Reserve. As international experience shows, poachers practically do not appear in places popular with travelers. For tourism purposes, VTB purchased 3 speed boats this year. Thanks to modern technology, the staff of the reserve managed to reach the crash site of the Mi-8 helicopter in the Kuril Lake in a matter of minutes and lift the victims out of the water.
“We are grateful to VTB Bank, which drew attention to the problem of preserving the nature of Kamchatka, the need to improve and develop the nature conservation and environmental education activities of the Kronotsky Reserve, to involve people in the reserve business. We hope that our cooperation in this direction will continue, since the interaction of specially protected natural areas and socially responsible business in the implementation of environmental projects is important and beneficial for all parties, "said Petr Shpilenok, director of the Kronotsky State Reserve.
“In 2020, VTB Bank and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation signed an agreement on cooperation within the framework of the federal project“ Conservation of biological diversity and development of ecological tourism ”of the national project“ Ecology ”. One of the projects under this agreement was the interaction of VTB with the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. We see that the ongoing projects contribute to the development of ecological tourism, attract a steady stream of new visitors who are delighted with the majestic beauty of our region, "said Galina Zubar, VTB Manager in the Kamchatka Territory.