Rubbish around the tourist center of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, 2006 - 2007

Violations: Articles 26 and 27 of Belarus' "Specially Protected Wilderness Territories and Sites Act".

Events, facts, documents and evidence: As it has already been described in detail on older pages "National Park shows its anti-ecological ways to tourists, 2004" and "Rubbish around the tourist center of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, 2005", the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" provides unsatisfactory work on keeping Belovezhskaya Pushcha clean of rubbish, including the forest around the tourist center in the village of Kamenyuki. The surrounding forest is full of rubbish and some sites are looking similar to a dumping area.

Inspection carried out last years revealed that the situation around the tourist center got a little better but in whole is still very far from an etalon.

The shot below show a container for household rubbish set up within the area of the tourist centre. Rubbish from the nearby cafe "Wood Fairy Tale" is delivered there.

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(A container for rubbish; July 01, 2006)

These shots show a garbage hole dug within the relic forest. The hole is located in the area of the tourist centre near to a small barn and a workers' premise on serving zoo enclosures with wild animals. It is strange that the national park's services are not capable to organize the export of rubbish from this area to a central dumping ground and prefer to dig it in, in this way chemically polluting Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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(A hole with garbage, October 20, 2007)

Inspections have revealed that some work on cleaning the forest of rubbish around the tourist centre is periodically carried out in the national park. However, the quality of such cleaning is in most cases unsatisfactory. The forest still has a lot of old rubbish and the new one is constantly accrued. So, the sanitary condition of the forest remains in whole to be unsatisfactory.

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(Old rubbish, July 01, 2006)

These two pictures show the same box with empty canisters lying in the forest close with the cafe over a few years.

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(Old rubbish;
1 - кв. 824, July 11, 2005; 2 - July 01, 2006)
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(New rubbish; July 01, 2006)