Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia
Dear friends!

It is our pleasure to announce that the 4th International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Russian Perspective” unfolded with great success in a hybrid format at the Rosa Khutor mountain resort from October 6 to October 8, 2021.

Sadly, the coronavirus epidemic is still with us, and so are the restrictions on business events. Like last year, only conference speakers and leading experts in sustainable tourism from Russia and other countries, i.e., leaders in nature conservation, representatives of the SPNAs, researchers, entrepreneurs, state officials, and public figures, gathered at Rosa Khutor. They shared their ideas, experience, and successes in the sustainable development of outdoor recreation, active travel, and tourism in SPNAs.

Online attendance was some 1000 participants strong. Online attendees were present at Conference sessions and workshops in real time, submitted their questions in writing, participated in discussions with speakers and other online attendees via chat, and shared their thoughts live on camera.

A special UN session took place on the margins of the Conference, where Vyacheslav Fetisov, UN Goodwill Ambassador, presented new initiatives of the United Nations Program for the Environment (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) within the framework of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). Mr. Fetisov emphasized that many Russian companies have already begun supporting green initiatives and are working to transition to the use of green standards.

The Conference also served as a venue for signing a memorandum on a joint project of Sochi National Park, the Caucasus Nature Reserve, the Rosa Khutor mountain resort, and the company Interros. A first in Russia, this project brings the parties together to implement a systemic approach towards ensuring the peaceful co-existence and well-being of people and wildlife within Sochi National Park and around the Sochi mountain cluster, conduct research and field observation, lead an extensive information campaign for visitors, and develop a system for monitoring animal migration in recreational areas, all of which will strengthening the nature reserves’ research and technical capabilities.

The 4th International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Russian Perspective” also focused on:

  • the national projects “Ecology” and “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”
  • policies, regulations, and industry institutions
  • investments
  • safety in active travel
  • travel for children
  • environmental protection
  • the consumer market
  • professional training and certification for guides and instructors
  • digitization in the sustainable tourism industry

Resolution of the 4th International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Russian Perspective” is available here

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The «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia» Conference will be held at the all-season mountain resort Rosa Khutor, located in the Sochi National Park, a 40 minute car ride from Sochi International Airport (AER). The resort was built from scratch on the Aibga ridge for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Olympic athletes competed for thirty sets of medals in fifteen mountain sports on Rosa Khutor terrain.

Today Rosa Khutor is a popular all-season destination for tourism and corporate events. The resort is famous for its high quality of service, safety, and state-of-the-art technology, and it offers a large number of winter and summer activities.

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Natalia Alekseeva

Workstream Leader, Innovations for Sustainability, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), FAO

Rafiliya Bakirova

Orenburg Region Natural Reserves

Vera Burtseva

Director, Research Institute for Sustainable Development in Construction

Tim Christophersen

Head of the Nature and Climate Office,

Natalia Danilina

Philanthropic Educational Foundation “Zapovednoe posolstvo”, Director of the Environmental Outreach Center “Zapovedniki”

Elena Dudchenko

Director of the Opportunities Foundation in support of socio-economic and regional development.

Guy Eames

The Chairman of
the Green Building Council of Russia (RuGBC). He is a leader in green building in Russia.

Boris Erg

Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, IUNC

Vyacheslav Fetisov

UN Goodwill Ambassador
for the Polar Regions

Dmitry Gorshkov

WWF Russia

Viktor Grishenkov

Director of
Ugra National Park

Sergei Gruzd

The Chairman of
the Board of the Tourism Safety Association and is a member of the Government Commission on Tourism Development in the Russian Federation

Oleg Kobiakov

Director of
the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

Dmitry Kolosov

irector for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Rosa Khutor Mountain Reso

Roman Korchigin

Director for Development and Educational Travel at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. He is also Director of the Zapovedniki Philanthropic Environmental Foundation

Lev Kozhevnikov

Director of the Center of Continuing Vocational Studies, Sochi State University

Nikolay Kurichev

Dean of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Technologies
the Higher School of Economics

Vladimir Kuznetsov

'Bashkiria' National Park

Mikhail Lapin

Director of
Sochi National Park

Vitaly Lazo

Professional athlete (high altitude mountain climber), mountaineering guide

Nikolay Litarenko

Nikolay Litarenko leads the Legal Department at the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RST). He is also the Executive Secretary of the Working Group to implement the so-called “regulatory guillotine” in the tourism sector.

Olga Lukyanets

Director of the Sustainable Development Department
the Tourism RF Corporation

Irina Makanova

Director of the Department of Infrastructure Projects at the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic. She also heads the Department of State Policy and Regulation of SPNAs at the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation.

Vadim Mamontov

Founder and Director General of RussiaDiscovery, head of Rostourism’s Committee on Adventure Travel

Eduardo Mansur

Director of
the Office of Climate Change at the Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), Officer in Charge of Land and Water Division (NSL) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO

Daria Matsuk

First Deputy Director of
Roszapovedcenter at the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, where she manages the development of the federal system of specially protected nature areas

Tatyana Menshikova

Acting Head of the Directorate of State Tourist Projects and Safety in Tourism, Rostourism

Marina Nenarokova (Gritsun)

Deputy Chairperson of the Tourism Committee at OPORA ROSSII

Viktor Nepomnyaschiy

Director, Khakassia Nature Reserve

Vladimir Omelchenko

Vladimir Omelchenko is a member of the Public Council at Rostourism.

Ekaterina Pazhetnova

An expert on raising orphaned bear cubs. She works for an environmental non-profit organization Orphaned Bear Cubs Rescue Center.

Alexander Pestryakov

Chairman of the Norilsk City Council

Yevgeniya Podarina

Senior Coordinator managing partner relationships for the Masters of Hospitality Competition
the Presidential forum “Russia – Land of Opportunity”

Leonid Protsenko

Leonid Protsenko is Deputy Director of the Federal Center of Extracurricular Activities, Children’s Wellness and Recreation.

Natalia Polikarpova

Director of Pasvik State Nature Reserve

Natalia Ryazanova

The head of the Laboratory of Geoecology and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources at the Department of Complex International Issues in in Ecology and Nature Use
MGIMO University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

Vita Saar

Director General of World Ecoparks

Kairat Sadvakasov

Deputy Chairman of the Board of
the Kazakh Tourism National Company

Kamal Salmanov

entrepreneur, @visitcaucasia and @villapersica, Republic of Dagestan

Olga Sanaeva

Vice President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry

Irina Sannikova

Deputy Director for Development of Khakassia Nature Reserve

Sergei Shestakov

Lapland State Bioshpere Nature Reserve

Peter Shpilenok

Kronostky State Nature Reserve

Anna Spenceley

Independent consultant

Vsevolod Stepanitsky

The Advisor to the Director General of
the “Far Eastern Leopards” non-profit organization

Vasily Sutula

Director of
the Baikal Nature Reserve

Lubov Timofeeva

Director of
the Kamchatka Volcanos Nature Park

Kirill Tokarev

RBC Network

Natalia Troitskaya

Director of
the non-profit Partnership for Nature Reserves

Kirill Umrikhin

Travel Photographer and Blogger

Maxim Mironov

Norilsk Development Agency

Vladimir Moshkalo

Head of UNEP in Russia

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov

National Park "Krasnoyarskie Stolbi"

Sergey Shevelev

Caucasus Nature Reserve

Yulia Verkhushina

The Head of the
Krasnoyarsk Region Tourism Agency

Olga Voitovich

Deputy CEO for Legal Affairs, Member of the Management Board

Vadim Volchenko

the Minister of
Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea

Alexander Zheleznyak

Zapovedniki EcoCenter

Yulia Zvorikina

Deputy Director at
the Research and Due Diligence Institute of Vneshekonombank. She holds a PhD in Economic Sciences, is a professor at the Moscow Institute of International Relations and the All-Russian Foreign Trade Academy.