More jobs created in Bezhanitsy
New jobs have been created â€“ a true turning point is observed in the Bezhanitsky area in the Pskovskaya Oblast, Russia.
In this area an ecotrail was organized by the State Nature Reserve Polistovsky, and the Municipal Concept on the Tourism Development which incorporates principles of alternative forest resources was developed. Both activities are helping to attract tourists not only from Russia but also from the European Union. Tourists are eager to visit the unique peat bog and forest ecosystems preserved in the nearly virgin state in the Pskov region. Already four ecotourists groups visited Bezhanitsy this year.
Thanks to this, over 10 citizens of the Tsevlo and Bezhanitsy settlements are now employed in souvenir production and hospitality. This is a considerable source for income in this rural area of Russia.
The area has been selected by IUCN to implement practical activities to safeguard peoplesâ€™ right to legal access to forest resources and to elaborate alternative approaches to sustainable forest management for local communities. These activities received methodological and legal support from the ENPI FLEG Program.
The ENPI FLEG team is pleased to observe that European tourism organizations have expressed their interest in the capacities and opportunities created with the help of ENPI FLEG. The Polistovsky Reserve has recently hosted the â€śEstonian Nature Toursâ€ť company representatives. An agreement was made to include the reserveâ€™s ecotrail into their tourist package.
This all means more jobs for local citizens, more careful management of the forest resources and greater interest to the ENPI FLEG program results from international guests. This success demonstrates true input of the Program into the processes of good neighborhood and partnership between the European Union and Russia.