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On Shikotan will develop ecological tourism

In November, the staff of the Kurilskiy nature reserve visited Shikotan in order to study the possibilities of developing ecotourism in the Malye Kurily nature reserve.

The need for the development of ecological tourism on the territory of the reserve, in particular, on Shikotan, has existed for a long time. Every year tourists visiting Kunashir ask the staff of the reserve questions about the possibility of visiting other islands of the Kuril chain. In addition, for tourists Shikotan is interesting in itself, and this is right, because many people consider it to be the most beautiful and hospitable in the entire Kurile ridge.

Most of this island is the territory of the "Malye Kuriles" reserve, where economic activities on an industrial scale are prohibited without the consent of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources. Shikotan is also famous for its unique geological and human history. In this regard, the most optimal will be the development of ecological tourism, which implies acquaintance with the nature, culture and history of the island, promotes nature conservation and environmental education, while local residents take part in working with tourists, which creates economic incentives for them to protect nature.

A survey of the population showed that the inhabitants of the island want to support the development of tourism and are ready to help visitors. For example, some residents have established contact with the Sakhalin tourist club "Boomerang": they helped tourists with transfers and information on the island. In addition, for many years, a lot of work has been done by the Shikotans in organizing visits to Shikotan for visa-free Japanese delegations.

During the trip to Shikotan, the contingent of tourists visiting the island in recent years was studied. As mentioned above, the island is visited by organized tourists who get to it through Sakhalin or other tourist clubs and "wild" ones who organize their visit to the island on their own. The third group of tourists - those who have in stock the time of the steamer's anchorage in Malokurilskoye (4 hours). For these tourists it is possible to organize a short route.

Next year, the staff of the Kurilskiy reserve is planning to develop ecological routes along Shikotan, according to IA with reference to the site of the Kurilskiy reserve.

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