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ULAN-UDE, July 27. /Offset. TASS Elvira Burganova/. Priority project “Baikal – the great lake of the great country” will be launched in early 2018. This was announced by the Deputy Director of the Department of Economics and Finance of the government of the Russian Federation Anton Grigorov on Thursday in Ulan-Ude at the International forum “Baikal as a world natural heritage site: 20 years later”.

“The project was prepared. The Russian government took the decision to launch now, but confirmed that it will do that in the second quarter of 2018,” he said.

The document stipulates measures 375 500 billion rubles, it includes several areas related to the environment, economy, development and tourism . “To combine these things: the economy, which often operates to the detriment of ecology and the environment, which acts in opposition to the economy, it was the most difficult question in our work with the Ministry of natural resources (for project preparation) – admitted Grigorov. – Now the main task – prioritization of activities and elaboration of the question of attracting private investment.”

In addition, said Grigorov, we have instructed the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation and a number of other Federal ministries to present proposals to restart the Federal target program “Protection of lake Baikal and the socio-economic development of the Baikal natural territory” (current Federal program designed for 2012-2020). “On 15 November the Ministry of natural resources must submit a proposal to the government of Russia”, – said the expert.

He added that now in the Baikal region (the Irkutsk oblast, Buryatia, Zabaykalsky Krai) is needed to run local projects of territorial development. Assessment Grigorova, Baikal region for this we need to focus on selling services. Business there, he said, should be based on the tourism, health care, holding various congresses, scientific meetings and other events, which concentrates a large number of people. “We need to find the right model with the introduction of global best practices,” he said.

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