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SOCHI, September 27 (Itar-Tass) — Prospects for the development of the coastal strips of seas and water reservoirs, the Black Sea, in particular, as a common tourist resort area are to be discussed by participants in an International architectural festival "Eco-Shore" opening here on Thursday.
Architects of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro will participate in the festival., which has been organized by the Union of Moscow Architects, the Southern Architecural Society, and the Sochi organization of the Architects Union of Russia.
The festival is to include a scientific conference on the theme of "The Black Sea as a Common International Tourist Resort Area", exhibitions of projects for the development of littoral terirtories, a competition of works by young architects, and a yacht racing regatta in the water area of the Sochi resort.
An organizing committee official said, "The task of the festival, the theme of the scientific conference, and the competition of architectural works are of great public and state importance. The festival results are to be turned over for study with a view to using them subsequently in the elaboration of state plans and programmes, including those for the development of tourism in Russia".
Participants in the festival are also to discuss a number of specific tasks, including the present-day ecological, urban, and architectural design development of littoral and insular territories, the establishmen of a full-value ecological recreation environment, the problems of drawing the attention of state and public organizations to prospects for the development of coasts, water tourism in Russia, and the creation of infrastructure.
The Eco-Shore festival will run here until September 30.