Greenpeace begins cleanup on Baikal shores
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Greenpeace Begins Clean-Up on Baikal Shores
ITAR-TASS News Agency, Irkutsk
Greenpeace activists from local ecological organization have begun a clean-up on the shore of the world famous Lake Baikal.
For two weeks, twenty-five Greenpeace activists from Russia and their fellow colleagues from Germany, France and Italy will work on the lake shore, cleaning a territory around eight kilometres long.
A compound of Greenpeace activists has opened not far from the town of Baikalsk timed to coincide with the ecological campaign. Twenty-three volunteers from Russia, Germany, the Nerthlerlands Denmark and Tunisia will make a new path for tourists leading to the Utulik- Babkha natural forest reserve.
The new path will be a continuation of the big Baikal path planned 30 years ago that now runs all along the shore of the unique lake.
Ecological tourism is one of the alternatives that is expected to give an impetus to further development of the Baikal lake area. Around 200,000 tourists from all over the world visit Baikal every year. The town of Baikalsk might turn into a Centre of ecological tourism and become a venue for symposiums, conferences and festivals.