Saving the Village: Ecotourism and Green Estates

Saving the Village: Ecotourism and Green Estates

The creation of "green" estates is seen by experts as an opportunity for rural populations to provide themselves with employment and legal income. "Green" tourism is actively promoted in many regions. There are numerous platforms where one can purchase a land plot, for example, in the Moscow region. However, in some countries, the creation of such tourism facilities has not yet seen widespread development.

Examples of Successful Development of Green Estates

"We have been hosting tourists for several years, including those from abroad," shares Alexey Petrenko, the owner of one such estate. He talks about creating conditions for relaxation in a modern house with a high-quality renovation and in an ancient parental home.

Petrenko's neighbors also confirm that "green" tourism brings a stable income. In their house, guests can not only relax but also engage in creative activities, such as learning to play musical instruments or trying blacksmithing, enjoying nature, and rafting on the river.

The Potential of Green Tourism

Experts are confident that "green" tourism can become a primary source of income in agrarian regions. The success of this model is evidenced by many European countries, such as Germany, where almost every second family creates a "green" estate.

In Ukraine, there are not so many "green" estates yet, and some entrepreneurs are involved in other businesses, as the income from the estates alone may be insufficient.

Challenges and Prospects

One of the problems is the poor condition of roads, which can deter tourists. Another important issue is the pollution of water bodies and the need to organize groups for their cleaning.

Many villagers are ready to host tourists. Numerous Europeans seek opportunities to camp overnight.

"Green" estates can provide work and income for village residents. Organizing seminars to explain how and why to open a business, particularly in hosting tourists, is crucial.

Ecotourism is not just a business but also a mindset focused on harmony with nature, as evidenced by publications about eco-settlements.