Program

October 16. Day 1

8:00 am – 4:00pm — Arrivals and registration

3:00 pm – 6:00pm Parallel break-out sessions

 

The Conference offers an opportunity to organize meetings and hold open discussions with other professionals and stakeholders. Conference organizers invite the participants to make use of media attention to present new projects, announce the conclusion of agreements and inform of successes.

 

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Welcome cocktail for conference attendees, informal evening program

 

October 17. Day 2

8:00 am – 10:00 am – Arrivals and registration

10:00am – 10:30am – Keynote speakers address

 

“Journey continues”

 The industry of ecotourism is undergoing rapid expansion, with the share of “green” travel reaching 25%.  With the launch in Russia of the legislative reform on the recreational use of nature, sustainable tourism has become a topic of wide-ranging public discussion. The keynote speaker will open a new round of these conversations with an inspirational speech detailing progress achieved over the past year. The attendees will be greeted by welcoming messages  from the CBD Executive Secretary, UN Assistant Secretary-General Cristiana Pașca Palmer; UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and form the UN Environment Executive Director Inger Andersen.

Speakers:

Sergey Bachin, General Director, Rosa Khutor Mountain Resort

Vyacheslav Fetisov, UN Environment Patron for the Polar Regions; First Deputy Chairman, Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism, and Youth Affairs, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

 

10:30am – 12:00pm – Plenary opening session

“Our common path”

 Russia has been developing a domestic tourism market, extending a warm welcome to tourists from abroad. The incredible diversity of natural landscapes and cultures of the world’s largest country, as well as the legendary hospitality of the Russian people, make a lasting impression on all visitors. The tourism industry has been growing both within Russia and worldwide, and those making the first steps towards the sustainable development of outdoor recreation and tourism are learning from the experiences of trailblazers.

Speakers:

Philip Huly, Chairman of the Board, Republican Union of Tourism Industry, Belarus

Natalya Danilina, Director, Zapovedniki Center

Pavel  Khotsenko, acting Director, Sochi National Park

Sergey Shevelev, Director, Caucasus Nature Reserve

Ivan Shmakov, Director, Department of State Policy and Regulation of Development in SPNAs

Boris Erg, Director, IUCN ECARO

Alexei Yaroshevsky, First Vice-President , Federation of Sport Tourism of Russia and member of the Coordinating Council for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation.

 

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Free time

 

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Parallel break-out discussion sessions

Break-out Session 1

Legislative regulatory framework and government stewardship”

 Sustainable development of the tourism industry can only take place in a regulation-bound environment.  Compliance with regulations requires firm enforcement. Regulations are necessary not only to set limits and prohibitions, but also to ensure transparency,  orderliness and integrity in the relationships between people who work together in order  to reach new frontiers in ecotourism, both in Russia and abroad.

Speakers:

Andrey Barishnikov, Director, Analytical Support Center for Reserve Management and Studies (Roszapovedcenter) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MinPrirody)

Olga Guerin, CEO, Stream D, France

Dmitry Gorshkov, Director of the Biodiversity Program, WWF Russia

Maelle Lepoutre, Head, Sustainable Development Dept., Vanoise National Park, France

Ekaterina Nazarova, Director, Center for the «Social Projects” initiatives,  Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

Elena Lysenkova, Advisor, The Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism)

Alexander Pestryakov, Chairman, Norilsk City Council of Deputies

 

Break-out Session 2

“Economics or Politics?”

 It is people who propose new destinations to tourists,  provide services and welcome guests. Tourism entrepreneurs bear risks, they are the ones responsible for the impressions tourists receive, and they protect tourists from the multitude of factors that may dampen their pleasure on a trip. Everyone working in tourism loves their job, but they often face difficult challenges while trying to bring joy and wonder to travelers.

Alexander Zheleznyak, Head, Association for the Development of National Pathways

Paul Eagles, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada

Alexander Kirilov, Director, Russian Arctic National Park

Konstantin Prosekin, Director, FSBI «Taymyr Nature Reserves»

Alexander Sinitsyn, President, Center for Strategic Research

Svetlana Sutyrina, Director, Sikhote-Alinsky Nature Reserve

Vera Chizhova, Lead Researcher, Moscow State University School of Geography

 

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Coffee break

 

3:30pm – 6:30pm – Parallel break-out workshops

Workshops, under the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable mentors, help to delve deeper into thematic areas. Expert sessions will be organized around Russia’s geographic make up. Russian experts will share the podium with foreign specialists, who work in similar geographic conditions.

 

Break-out workshop 1 – The Arctic

Speakers:

Alexander Kirilov, Director, Russian Arctic National Park

Maxim Mironov, Director, ANO Norilsk Development Agency

Alexander Pestryakov, Chairman, Norilsk City Council of Deputies

Konstantin Prosekin, Director, FSBI «Taymyr Nature Reserves»

Vasily Sarana, Leading research fellow, The Federal State Budget  Institution «Joint Directorate of Taimyr’s Nature Reserves»

Ivan Sidelnikov, Geographer, film director, Installtechno

Denis Terebikhin, Co-Founder, Husky-tyal community, Taimyr Autonomous Area

Anastasia Terebikhina, Chairman, Husky-tyal community, author of the project `Muskox Park`, Taimyr Autonomous Area

and

Olga Zyppelt, volunteer, specialist of the Planning and Economic Department, Nornickel

 

Break-out workshop 2 –  North

Speakers:

Alexander Zheleznyak, Head, Association for the Development of National Pathways

Anastasiya Ivanova, Head, Tourism Development Dept., Kenozersky National Park

Paul Eagles, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Cananda

Zanda Buslova, Project Manager, PR Department, Nornickel

Vladimir Moshkalo, Head, UN Environment Russia Office

Ekaterina Nazarova, Director, Center for the «Social Projects” initiatives,  Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

Vladimir Omelcheko, Deputy Director, Federal Center for Youth and Children Tourism and Regional Studies

Vera Chizhova, Lead Researcher, Moscow State University School of Geography

and

Ekaterina Panova, volunteer, chief specialist of the production bureau of the Pechenganickel smelter, Nornickel

 

Break-out workshop 3 – Temperate zone

Speakers:

Rafiliya Bakirova, Director, Orenburg Natural Reserves

Andrey Barishnikov, Director, Analytical Support Center for Reserve Management and Studies (Roszapovedcenter) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MinPrirody)

Natalya Danilina, Director, Zapovedniki Center

Olga Guerin, CEO, Stream D, France

Marina Gritsun, Chairman, Children’s Active Tourism Union

Philip Huly, Chairman of the Board, Republican Union of Tourism Industry, Belarus

Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, ‘Bashkiria’ National Park

Boris Erg, Director, IUCN ECARO

 

Break-out workshop 4 – the South

Speakers:

Mirzega Abduselimov, Deputy CEO, Joint-Stock Company Northern Caucasus Resorts

Marina Ditmarova, Deputy Head, Department of Environmental Education, Tourism and Recreation, Sochi National Park

Maelle Lepoutre, Head, Sustainable Development Program, Vanoise National Park, France

Olga Lyakhova, Deputy General Director  for Strategy and Development, Rosa Khutor

Olga Pegova, Deputy Director in charge of ecological education,  Caucasus Nature Reserve

Daria Seykina, Deputy Director, «Big Adventure» children’s camp, Krasnodar Territory

Tengiz Tarba, Head, ‘Highland Abkhazia’ Foundation

Lev Shagarov, Deputy Director, Natural ornithological park in the Imereti lowland

and

Julia Manchuk, volunteer, specialist of the HR department of the Polar Division, Nornickel

 

Break-out workshop 5 – the East

Speakers:

Sergey Aramilev, General Director, General Director

Dmitry Gorshkov, Director, the Biodiversity Program,  WWF Russia

Viktor Nepomnyashchiy, Director, Khakassky State Natural Rezerve

Svetlana Sutyrina, Director, Sikhote-Alinsky Nature Reserve

Pyotr Shpilenok, Director, Kronotsky Nature Reserve

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov, Director, Stolby State Nature Reserve

and

Ulyana Lomakina, volunteer, adviser to the press service of the Bystrinsky Mining and Processing Plant, Norilsk Nickel

 

18:30pm – Free time

 

October 18. Day 3

8:00am – Tour groups gather before departure

8:00am – 3:00pm – Educational tours

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Parallel break-out discussion sessions

 

Break-out discussion session 3

“Many blank spots still remain on the world map”

Ecotourism is far from being an escape from the voracious concrete jungle to the fragile kingdom of wild nature. Children’s health and happiness, preservation of natural heritage, pride for winning athletic competitions, heroic actions by volunteers, the thrill of encountering wild animals not afraid of people, the trip of a lifetime,  the source of the force seeking to do good. Representatives of different professions coming from different countries will address various aspects of their common cause, including the most challenging ones.

Speakers:

Dmitry Gorshkov, Director, the Biodiversity Program,  WWF Russia

Olga Guerin, CEO, Stream D, France

Paul Eagles, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada

Anastasia Korol, specialist, Tourism Development Dept., ANO Norilsk Development Agency

Vera Chizhova, Lead Researcher, Moscow State University School of Geography

Vladimir Omelcheko, Deputy Director, Federal Center for Youth and Children Tourism and Regional Studies

 

Break-out discussion session 4

“Changing world for the better”

 Tourism stimulates growth in a large number of industries, erasing boundaries and uniting people. Tourism accelerates local development; it can reinvigorate areas, where, it seemed, development has ground to a halt. This can only take place under careful guidance; left to its own devices tourism can become a source of threats and problems. The participants of the session will debate the narrow path between these two possibilities.

Speakers:

Sergey Aramilev, Director General, Amur Tiger Centre

Andrey Barishnikov, Director, Analytical Support Center for Reserve Management and Studies (Roszapovedcenter) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MinPrirody)

Alexander Zheleznyak, Head, Association for the Development of National Pathways

Maelle Lepoutre, Head, Sustainable Development Program, Vanoise National Park, France

Vladimir Moshkalo, Head, UN Environment Russia Office

Pyotr Shpilenok, Director, Kronotsky Nature Reserve

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm Concluding plenary session

“Walk the Talk”

 People need to communicate directly. Professionals, on whose cooperation hinges the success of the common cause, even more so. Once an agreement is reached, parties can execute with full reliance on their partners. After a meeting we leave each other inspired to continue our work in the full knowledge that like-minded individuals are braving the difficult journey at our side.

Philip Huly, Chairman of the Board, Republican Union of Tourism Industry, Belarus

Natalya Danilina, Director, Zapovedniki Center

Ivan Shmakov, Director, Department of State Policy and Regulation of Development in SPNAs

Boris Erg, Director, IUCN ECARO

Alexei Yaroshevsky, First Vice-President , Federation of Sport Tourism of Russia and member of the Coordinating Council for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation.

Sergey Krivonosov, Deputy Chairman, Committee of the State Duma on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism, and Youth Affairs

 

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Keynote address

“A place to step forward”

 In conclusion, the keynote speaker will summarize the discussions and  designate key milestones on the path to sustainable development of ecotourism in Russia and the world.

Speaker:

Erik Solheim, CEO, Plastic REVolution Foundation, Norway

 

7:00pm – 9:30pm Farewell cocktail and Eco Display for participants

Conference participants have a unique opportunity to showcase their original products that reflect the uniqueness of the nature of their regions and tourism experiences offered to travelers. Souvenirs, traditional crafts, artisanal products, and information will be shared among conference participants coming from all over Russia and abroad. The organizers will provide comfortable conditions and space for the participants to showcase and present their offers. Participation is free of charge.

 

October 19. Day 4

Departures or another day of rest at Rosa Khutor Resort.