Kazakhstan to boost ecotourism in Charyn, Ile-Alatau and Kolsai Lakes national parks


The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources and Ministry of Culture and Sports plan new ecotourism projects in Charyn, Ile-Alatau and Kolsai Lakes national parks.

The new program will increase the annual tourist flow from 1.3 million to 3.4 million by 2025 and ensure the quality of services provided.

The Charyn, Ile-Alatau and Kolsai Lakes national parks of Kazakhstan are famous for its beautiful nature and diverse landscapes. The country takes extensive measures to protect the ecosystem of the parks and preserve the nature.

“The tourism in national parks today is not well-developed. It is characterised by poor service, lack of infrastructure, inability to promote unique natural sites as the brand of a national park, lack of professional personnel in the field of tourism and other issues. We plan to develop sustainable ecological tourism with the Kazakh Tourism company to test a new management model in three national parks,” - said Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliev.

The new model will create approximately 20,000 jobs and attract about 100 billion tenge (US$258 million) in investment in the next five-seven years.