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The President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin
The ecologists and scientists are seriously concerned
about the prospect of expanding Krasnaya Polyana ski resort within specially
protected natural areas adjacent to the Western Caucasus UNESCO World Heritage property.
Large-scale deforestation and the destruction of the protected areas commenced
during preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games.
the report on these violations http://ewnc.org/files/sochi/Doklad-Sochi-2014_EWNC.pdf
However, after the Olympics the situation has not
changed. Expansion of the private ski resorts, constructed on the protected
areas under the guise of the Olympic Games, continues.
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Deforestation violates the fragile ecological and climatic balance in the
region; one of the consequences of which are increased floods.
While the 2014 Winter Olympics was nevertheless declared a national project of
the Russian Federation, nowadays the destruction of the unique natural
habitats, being the heritage of this country and the whole world, is planned
exclusively for the benefit of a private commercial company. Rosa Khutor Company
plans to construct two new ski resorts, Engelmanova Polyana, and
The expansion of a private ski resort will ultimately destroy the Mzymta River
ecosystem, a strategic reserve of drinking water for the city of Sochi, which
had already suffered during the preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Mzymta river upper reaches are of great value not only because they accommodate
rare plants and animals. The main value of the Mzymta river is clean drinking
water for half million Sochi population.
Upon the initiative of the Russian Federation, Mzymta river upper reaches
according to the commitments made prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics shall be
transferred to the Caucasus Nature Reserve in order to ensure their
conservation and protection.
It is declared in the "Action Plan for Restoration of the Mzymta River
ecosystem and preparation of the compensatory measures within the framework of
the environmental support of Sochi 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games,"
adopted upon the initiative of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as in UNESCO World Heritage
Committee sessions decisions
Instead, the actions, which directly contradict these official intentions of
the Russian Federation, are going on. Priceless natural areas of Mzymta river
upper reaches are prepared for development. Particular perplexity has been
caused by the fact that these national and global values are intended to be
provided to the private companies, Rosa Khutor and Ober Khutor solely in their
own commercial interests, for the expansion of the tourist and mountain skiing
To: the President of the Russian Federation
Mr. Vladimir Putin
We ask you to take your personal control over the situation related to the
seizure by private skiing companies of unique natural areas of Mzymta River
upper reaches, included in the Sochi State Zakaznik (preserve).
Once, in 2008, you made the most important decision to refuse economic
development of Grushevy Ridge as it could cause damage to the natural habitats
of the Caucasus Nature
Reserve, including the Persian leopard reintroduction program.
However, your promises to the international community to increase the
conservation status of the Sochi Zakaznik made on the eve of Sochi 2014 Winter
Olympic Games, as well as commitments to carry out activities to restore Mzymta
river ecosystem, have not been fulfilled so far.
Currently, in the zakaznik area adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage property,
Rosa Khutor Company plans to construct two new ski resorts: Engelmanova Polyana
and Loyub-Kardyvach. In 2015, an illegal construction of a road from the finish
area of Rosa Khutor resort towards Mzymta river upper reaches already
We are also concerned about the plans of further expansion of Rosa Khutor
resort into the territory of Western Caucasus World Heritage Site that threatens
the Outstanding Universal Value of this site.
In September, 2015, a Public Council under the Russian Ministry of Natural
Resources voted against such a development, but the officials failed to
consider the opinion of the scientists.
In order to save the global and national natural heritage and implement the
post-Olympic international commitments of the Russian Federation, we ask you to
instruct the relevant departments to take measures to implement the
"Action Plan for Restoration of the Mzymta River ecosystem" and to
completely include the Sochi Zakaznik in the Mzymta river upper reaches into
the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve, without withdrawal of land plots for rent by
Rosa Khutor and Ober Khutor private ski resorts.
Furthermore, it is required to exclude from the Regulations on the Sochi Zakaznik,
approved by Order 452 of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources dated
29.10.2015, the critically unacceptable legal norms that legitimize the
possibility of destruction of the nature of this zakaznik, namely permission
for the construction of the tourist facilities, as well as the construction of
communications and business facilities related to the tourist industry.
We ask you to prevent the destruction of unique natural habitats being the
natural heritage of this country and the whole world, and ultimate destruction
of Mzymta River ecosystem, a strategic reserve of drinking water for the city
with hope and determination,