Yesterday, the Ministry of Environment and the City of Moscow issued a concept of development of the national park "Elk Island" — the largest metropolitan area in the protected territory. It is expected that Moscow five years will invest about 2 billion rubles. the organization there is parking, playgrounds, picnic areas, bike paths and horse bases. Environmentalists believe that under the guise of landscaping build the power it "commercially", A large-scale deforestation.
Development of the concept of development "Moose Island" began after the February 2011 Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Yuri Trutnev signed an agreement according to which the improvement and upkeep of "Moose Island" It will deal with the mayor’s office in Moscow.
National Park "Elk Island" established in 1983. It is the largest forest area in the territory of Moscow and the region, occupying an area of about 11 thousand. Ha. As the forest belt of the capital, "Elk Island" — also part of the so-called lungs of Moscow. The park is a protected natural areas of federal significance.
3,3 thous. Ha "Moose Island" located within the boundaries of the capital — these territories, according to the agreement, submitted to the enjoyment of Moscow. Some of the works that do not require the project were carried out in 2011 (it was spent about 300 million rubles.), In particular, from the territory of the park was taken 33 th. Tons of garbage. According to released yesterday the project (developed by ZAO "The Urban Institute"), At the entrance to the National Park car parks will be built playgrounds for adventure sports, bicycle rental five points, five areas for picnics and barbecues, as well as horse riding. Visitors will move through the area "Moose Island" on electric cars or bikes. At the same time, according to head of the Department of Natural Resources in Moscow Anton Kulbachevsky, the park will be closed — about 1 thousand. hectares, becoming "area of cultural tourism"It will be fenced. There will also be restored train station Belokamennaya, which will come to the park on the small ring of the Moscow railway.
As stated "B" Mr. Kulbachevsky, funding for the project, a five-year, will be about 2 billion rubles. By May 2012, the concept of the park must pass public discussion, and then begin its implementation.
The presented paper has caused outrage of environmentalists. Program Manager of the Protected Areas "Greenpeace Russia" Michael Kreindlin believes "planned construction will entail large-scale deforestation"So the draft of the park can be compared with building the Khimki forest under toll road Moscow—St. Petersburg. "Under the guise of building and recreational facilities, for sure, there will be objects of capital construction. Such a construction is contrary to environmental objectives "Moose Island"".— said Mr. Kreindlin. "Project planning must necessarily go through the state environmental expertise,— he added.— Otherwise, we reserve the right to go to court".
December 21, 2011 at 17:19