Why is still not created the natural Park of “knight”?
Versed in the history, which stretches for several years.
May 23, 2019 at 14:50
In the Irkutsk region for several years it is planned to create the natural Park “Vityaz”. These lands are popular among tourists climbing shoes, worth preserving. However, more recently, climbing shoes used granite mining companies to obtain the materials and the construction of roads.
Against the granite mining in this area made many residents of the Irkutsk region supported the initiative for creating the Park. In 2015, the Institute of geography. Sochavy B. V. (IG SB RAS) has provided the Ministry of natural resources of the Irkutsk region report on the feasibility of the creation of the Park “Vityaz”. In November 2017, were discussed at public hearings (2/3 called for the establishment of the Park), and in December the state ecological examination of regional level. But even after that, the Park is still there.
“Irkutsk oblast mainly survives by mining and logging. There is very strong lobbying capabilities of resource-extraction and construction corporations,” says Tatiana kalikhman, leading researcher, IG SB RAS, head of the group for the preparation of scientific justifications for the creation of the Park “Vityaz”. In addition, the decline in the area of the Park are the hunters and fishermen of Shelekhov district of the Irkutsk region.
Unlike national parks, any questions related to the natural parks, are the responsibility of the subject, in this case, the Irkutsk region. The management of Shelekhov district adopted a smaller version of the Park, reducing the territory three times in comparison with the proposed option and leaving its borders 20 rock shoes, as well as valuable forest areas.
At the moment only three Skalnik have the status of protected areas of regional significance “monument of nature”: “knight”, “the old Woman” and “Idol.” If a “knight” still will not be created, nobody knows what will stay on this site.