Pollution of Belovezhskaya Pushcha with rubbish, 2005, the village of Belaya

Infringements: Clauses 26 and 27 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus "About Special Protected Natural Territories and Objects" are violated; Clause 62 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus "About Environment Protection" is violated.

Events, facts, documents and evidences: In 2005 an inspection of the sanitary situation of wood stands of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the surroundings of the village of Belaya (White) was carried out. The village is located in the Belyanskoe forest area, six kilometers west of Kamenyuki, the administrative center of the National Park. The Wildness Protection Zone covers most of the territory within the Belyanskoe forest area. The Regulated Recreational Use Zone encompasses the border belt of this forest area. This zone is directly adjoins the village of Belaya.

The inspection of sanitary conditions in the wood surrounding Belaya revealed a dramatic infringement of the law on nature protection. The surrounding environmental wood was, in the literal sense of the word, being turned into a dump ground in some places near the village.

These photos show heaps of construction rubbish just in the wood.

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(Building rubbish, September 13, 2005)

Heaps of industrial rubbish dumped in the wood are shown on these photos.

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(Industrial rubbish , September 13, 2005)

Heaps with metal are shown here, including the entire cab of a car.

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(Metal in a wood; September 13, 2005)

This picture shows a heap of boards and other building materials, which were left in the wood after construction work had been carried out.

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(Building materials,
September 13, 2005)

These pictures prove that the forest administration, which task is to supervise and maintain good sanitary conditions in the wood, factually pollutes her. Great numbers of old fire extinguishers make part of the rubbish. In earlier time they were owned by the forest area unit.

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(Rubbish with fire extinguishers;
September 13, 2005)

Close to this place building blocks and fragments of old walls have also been dumped within the protected forest area.

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(Building blocks; September 13, 2005)

The facts mentioned above, and the data of the previous page concerning pollution of the wood in the surroundings of the village of Kamenyuki demonstrate that this negative phenomenon also exists near other built areas, at least close to Belaya. This practice of dumping waste occurs within the entire territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This situation is inadmissible within an especially protected natural area, as well as in ordinary commercial forests. It is necessary to understand that it is unacceptable to apply this habit in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Further: Rotten timber wood left to lie in the forest (2005), continuation