Trailbuilding on Lake Baikal, Siberia
As the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal is a unique ecosystem and, due to its biodiversity, of global importance. The coastlines of the lake are mainly protected as national conservation areas, however, large scale tourism has developed in areas around the lake, with negative impacts on the environment. Baikalplan plans to establish sustainable tourism on the remote Northwest coastline, around Peak Tsherskovo, the area’s highest mountain and its attractions of the Cape Kotelnikov hot springs. In workcamps with volunteers from all around the world, over 100km of hiking trails will be reconditioned, picnic and camping areas created with tent pitches, firepits, waste collection points, toilets, information points, mapping and trail marking. It will also provide environmental education and training for the local population as nature guides and promote the area as a sustainable nature and adventure tourism destination.