NEWS ARCHIVE: FEBRUARY 2008

February 29, 2008 Website "CTV Company" The Snow Maiden's send-off will be on March 1 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

In this day the Grandfather Frost will say goodbye his Granddaughter Snow Maiden not to see her till the next spring.

According to the Belarusian Grandfather Frost Manor Project authors's scenario, the Snow Maiden is togather with the Grandfather only in winter. In spring, after warm weather is coming, she leaves the Manor and starts on journey to North Pole to be together with Mother-Winter.

As to the ruler of winter blizzards he lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha the year round. After heat is coming he changes his fur coat and valenki (Russian winter shoe) to a light summer costume and a straw hat and continues to meet visitors.
February 25, 2008 Website "The Bialowieza National Park" (Poland) Presentation of the final report of the Project "The Forest of Hope" (Poland)

The Bialowieza Forest is the target of international interest. In 2007 the pilot Project "The Forest of Hope" which main objective was to develop and to strength international cooperation between valuable natural objects in Europe was finished. February 15, 2008 the meeting officially to summarize the Project's outcomes took place in the conference hall of the Nature and Forest Museum of the Bialowieza National Park. The authors of the Project express hope that the Project will facilitate the integrated management in the Bialowieza Forest and a list of the priority projects which realization will promote conservation of natural riches of the Forest is its measurable result.

The international commissions of experts tried to identify the most important problems which cover forest products' use, tourism, hydrology, as well as an ecological network. All have agreed that the most important actions which should be undertaken, both on the Polish and on the Belarusian sides, concern hydrology as the ground-water level has sharply decreased last decades. The final documents were submitted to the Polish and Belarusian governments, and to the government of the Netherlands which financed the Project "The Forest of Hope".

Mateusz Szymura
February 25, 2008 Website "The Bialowieza National Park" (Poland) To account bison (Poland)

Winter is the period to supply bison, which are grouping together near feeding places, with food. When these animals are concentrated in the places of additional feeding, it facilitates the survey of bison herds. And the workers of the Bialowieza National Park who serve free-living bison herds in the Bialowieza Forest try to count up all living in the forest animals of this species in winter.

The account is carried out by dividing all animals into some groups of different sex and age. Calves younger than one year are separately counted by dividing into bull-calves and females. Young bison of the age of two - three years which are also divided by sexual features makes the second group. The adult animals of the age of four years and older are also separately counted, by dividing into males and females.

This year a lack of snow has strongly complicated the annual inventory. According to preliminary estimation, the modern herd of bison in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest makes about 420 animals.

Jerzy Dackiewicz
the forest officer of the Bison Breeding Center of the Bialowieza National Park
February 23, 2008 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" 500 km on bicycles

Bicycle tours through interesting places in Belarus are getting more and more popular. These routes are especially acceptable in reserves and national parks where car traffic is limited or is forbidden.

Last year the International Bicycle Tour of Solidarity with Tourist Belarus has started from the Polish town of Bialowieza. It has passed through Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Brest, Grodno, Minsk and Vitebsk regions.

This year it is planned to open a permanently working international bicycle route which will pass on the territory of Poland and our country. The tourist path will have all necessary infrastructure - bicycle parking, developed places of rest, guide signs indicating historical and natural objects throughout the journey, and bicycle hire and services.

The route will pass through Belovezhskaya Pushcha and other regions of the country. Its length will be about 500 kilometers.

S. Nikolaeva
February 22, 2008 "Vecherniy Brest"(The Evening Brest) newspaper An employee was reinstated in former job

The Kamenets District Court has finished processing the civil suit of Vasily Karpovich, the resident of this district town, against the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" ("Penmanship Examples", "Vecherniy Brest" newspaper, No.10, the 1st February). Let's remind that the employee of the National Park was fired in compliance with contract expiry which validity was later put under doubt. The expert review has confirmed that someone another, not Mr. Karpovich, has performed the signature under the line "Employee" in the job contract. The claimant has appealed to the court with requirement to bring in a verdict of his dismissal of illegal, pay for his enforced truancy and compensate the moral damage.

On February 13 the parties, at last, have made the agreement of lawsuit in the court. The administration of the National Park has agreed to reinstated Vasily Karpovich in former job and with former working conditions, as well as pay for his enforced truancy (since November 1, 2007), while the claimant did not insist on compensation of the moral damage. Since February 14 Mr. Karpovich reinstated in his labour rights should start job in the National Park.

Elena Tribuleva
February 22, 2008 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza"" Salaries and salaries (Poland)

Excitement on Polish labour-markets have not passed entrepreneur from the village of Bialowieza. The article "High education means a smaller increase of the salary" was published in the yesterday's issue of the newspaper "Metro" (Underground) in which the author Joanna Dargiewicz describes the Andrzej Malinowski's experience, the director of the hotel "Zubrowka":

"… The employers feel this on their own back: they earlier chose the workers whereas now everything is to the contrary. "The people look over job offers like over unripe pears", Andrzej Malinowski, the director of the hotel "Zubrowka" in the village of Bialowieza says. "A few month ago I have heard a talk of my attendants in the corridors. The waiters, parlourmaids and engineering which eliminate fine malfunctions discussed an opportunity to change the job. I have decided not to wait until they put on my table resignations. I put the salary as minimum as 30 percents up", Malinowski tells."

The article in Polish can entirely be written here
February 21, 2008 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" To observe Belovezhskaya Pushcha from space

The visit of the experts of the Research-and-Production National Unitary Enterprise "KosmosAeroGeologia" of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is connected with development of an information system to provide control for ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Together with the scientific employees of the Park they have discussed issues on interaction and cooperation in the field of GIS development for the National Park and earth remote sensing that will allow to gather quicker information about the condition of flora and fauna of the reserved area.

Using this system it becomes easier to provide the monitoring process, to analyze the dynamics of forest ecosystems and to take measures on their protection, Andrei Pontus, the director of the enterprise, has said during the meeting with the Park's researchers.

Last year the enterprise has concluded a treaty with the National Park on development and introduction of the system to analyze the natural ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the basis of quickly gathered satellite data. It is planned to execute these works within 2008 and it is supposed further cooperation in the field of automation of methods to monitor ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Taisia Skuratova
The picture shows the director of the "KosmosAeroGeologia" (the third from the left) with the deputy director general of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Dmitriy Bernatskiy (the first from the right) and other employees during the business meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Photo by Aleksei Bunevich
February 21, 2008 BP-21 Century Website News Service A new webpage of the Bialowieza National Park (Poland) to appear

A new webpage of the Bialowieza National Park (Poland) has lately appeared. Its address is http://www.bpn.com.pl/.

The webpage provides both archives and renewed information.

February 20, 2008 Website "TUT.BY" A bison female in the Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve was caught in a trap and was lost from being exhausted

Militia officers are solving the problem to institute a criminal case for the fact of death of a bison female which was caught in a trap and was lost from being exhausted in the Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve, the Interfax News Agency was informed from the State Inspection of Fauna and Flora Protection at the Administration of the President of Belarus.

"When a militia raid to control nature protection in the Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve, remnant of the lost bison were found out.

It was established that the bison female, its leg, was caught by a metal loop placed on a path where wild boars are running and was lost from being exhausted about 2-3 months ago", it was informed from the State Inspection.

The representatives of the tenant who owns the hunting ground and a team of field service's inspectors of the Borisov District Office of Internal Affairs which has taken the materials for consideration to institute the proceedings for illegal hunting or not have come to the site of occurrence, the interlocutors of the Inspection have informed.

According to the experts, a very big damage of the size of Br 35,000 (~ 5,000 US $) was caused to natural resources, it was informed from the State Inspection.

Interfax.by
February 20, 2008 BP-21 Century Website News Service Kaleidoscope of information
  • FSC certification threatens Bialowieza forest in Poland:
    The Bialowieza forest in eastern Poland is the last remaining patch of ancient forest that once covered the Central European Plain. The forest is home to the European Bison, lynx and wolves. Tens of thousands of vast oak trees, up to 40 metres high mean that the timber industry is interested. A small area of the forest is a National Park. Plans to expand the National Park brought conservationists into conflict with local people who make their living through forestry jobs and collecting firewood, fruit and fungi in the forest - the conflict was partly as a result of misinformation spread by state forestry companies...
    Read further here - "http://www.fsc-watch.org/archives/2008/01/24/FSC_certification_th";
  • Travels: Stockholm. The fifth day, the thirty first December:
    So, from the beginning we planed to visit Skansen on December 31 because this is one of the museums open in this day. We have seen wild animals – deer, elks, owls, seals, otter, wolves, bison, wild boar, and lynx. Unfortunately, bears and gluttons were sleeping.
    Read in the Living journal more and see photos <http://shine-sun.livejournal.com/53611.html>.

February 18, 2008 Website "Broadcasting Department of Belteleradiocompany "ATN"" First international bicycle route to appear in Belarus this summer

It will cover parts of Poland and Belarus and, like all European routes, be equipped with the necessary infrastructure and information signs. The route will be 500 km long and pass through the Belovezhskaya Pushcha across three administrative districts of Belarus. This is where groups will be generated and bicycle rental services will be available.
February 18, 2008 Website "Naviny.by" Belarus will present an exposition at the tourist exhibition in Milan

The exposition of the Belarusian National Agency on Tourism will be presented at the International tourist exhibition in Milan on February 21 to 24.

Valeriy Boldyrev, the head of the Department of Marketing and Publishing of the Belarusian National Agency on Tourism, has informed to the BelaPAN News Agency that the Belarusian national parks "Pripyatskiy" and Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and two tour-operators - "CeneterKurort" and "Around the World" - will take part in the work of the exhibition.

Within the framework of the exposition, tourist opportunities of the country will be demonstrated and the ambassador of Belarus in Italy and representatives of the domestic tourist companies will act. Besides meetings with representatives of the tourist administration of the city of Milan are planned.

According to Valeriy Boldyrev, Italy is one of the ten countries which tourists most often visit Belarus. For example, the Italians are interested in ecological tours, hunting and fishing, as well as the national parks of the country are popular.

"Belarus participates in the tourist exhibition in Italy for the first time. This is the familiarization meeting which will result, most probably, in bilateral agreements on exchanging the experience and information", Valeriy Boldyrev considers.
February 15, 2008 ""Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 30 Reserved paths of history

The unique in own way Belarusian-Russian exhibition allows to explore how the mutual relations between the human and nature developed for the last hundred years.

When one says about spiritual unity and common historical roots of the Belarusians and Russians, this sounds as an axiom. Nevertheless, there are conclusive evidences for this, namely archival documents. The close cooperation of the registrar from Belarus and Russia, their joint work and projects help us not lose ourselves in the past, make the present more enlightened and gain ground in the future more confident. One of these joint projects has featured "long-playing" as it has started year and a half ago in Moscow, in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal State Archives of Russia, and recently has found continuation on the Belarusian land. The matter is about the joint Belarusian-Russian documentary-historical exhibition "The nature protection in Russia and Belarus, the late XIX – the early XXI centuries".

Victor KUKLOV
February 14, 2008 Webpage "Grodno's Living Journal" Belarus and Poland develop a route through Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarus and Poland develop a trans-boundary route through Belovezhskaya Pushcha to serve tourists. The Pruzhany and Kamenets districts of the Brest region, the Svisloch district of the Grodno region (Belarus) and the town of Hajnowka of the Podliasie province (Poland) realize the project "Development of the trans-boundary tourism in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The program, apart from development of a pedestrian / bicycle route, also stipulates to provide different information for the locals on opportunities of the trans-boundary tourism in this area.

In the Svisloch district, for example, objects are already selected to be a part of the route. They are natural and historical monuments, as well as two agricultural farms and the young tourists' station which provides night quarters. Only two businessmen are now working in the sphere of the rural tourism in the area, however, more two agricultural farms which will then also be a part of the route will begin to serve tourists next year.

About 185 thousand Euros is planned to finance the project. The Svisloch district already has received about Br12 million (~6,000 US $) to provide information for the project, to arrange parking places for tourists, to make guide-boards and guide signs on the route.

BelTA News Agency
February 13, 2008 Website "President.gov.by" The sum of Br 1,775.1 milliard (~ 850,000,000 US $) is defined to finance from the budget of Belarus the charges of the national road fund in 2008

The President of the Republic of Belarus has ratified by the Decree No 82 directions and amounts of financial means for the national road fund in 2008.

The sum of Br 1,775.1 milliard (~ 850,000,000 US $) is defined to finance from the budget of Belarus the charges of the national road fund in 2008.

The means will also be used to build forest roads, to develop and maintain highways in national parks "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and "Pripyatskiy", and for some other purposes.

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February 12, 2008 Website "The Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Russian Federation" The scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus create an information system to make control of ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The experts of the Research-and-Production National Unitary Enterprise "KosmosAeroGeologia" of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus develop an information system to provide control of ecosystems of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", Andrei Pontus, the director of the enterprise, has informed to the BelTA News Agency.

He said that the new system will allow simplifying the process to monitor flora and fauna of the Park. The methods of supervision over their condition will be automated and time to obtain information will substantially be reduced. Using this system it becomes easier to analyze the dynamics of the Park's landscape, to restore rare forest species, to observe of animals, as well as its application will allow in proper time to take action on protection of forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha from fires and gale-force winds. The monitoring of ecosystems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha by means of modern information technologies will be carried out on the basis of the satellite data.

"Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is one of the oldest reserves in the world. As a protected natural area, Belovezhskaya Pushcha is known since early XV century when Great Prince Yagailo has announced it reserved. In 1992, by the decision of UNESCO, Belovezhskaya Pushcha was inscribed on a List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, in 1993 a status of Biosphere Reserve and in 1998 a status of the key ornithological territory of international importance were given.

The National Park's west to east width is 10 - 50 km, and that from north to south is over 60 km. The Park covers 163,505 ha and is located within the borders of the Grodno and Brest regions.
February 11, 2008 Website "Telegraf.by" In a car through Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The State Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" offers to make travel in a car through southern and central parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The route make possible visiting the governmental residence "Viskuli" where in 1991 the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine signed the well-known "Belovezhskoe Accords" which came the Soviet epoch to the end and began the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Besides, in passing one can visit the Museum of Nature, the enclosures with wild animals, the Lyadskoe lake, a giant pine tree, a patriarch-oak tree, an Imperial path with the to this day kept small bridges – the strategic highway from the Belarusian town of Pruzhany to the Polish town of Hajnowka which was opened in 1903, "the Falling Crosses" – a burial place where the local inhabitants were executed in 1941 by fascists, as well as to visit the Estate of Grandfather Frost.

Brest region, Kamenetz distrikt, Kamenyuki village
Tel.: + 375 1631 56-169, + 375 1631 56-239
Fax: + 375 1631 25-056
Type: Active rest
Sort: a car route
Extension: 50 km

This information was prepared by request of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism
February 11, 2008 Webpage "Telegraf.by" The management of the National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has denied information about hunting for bison

Dmitriy Bernadskiy, the deputy director on science of the Reserve "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", has declared that information on creation of a special herd of bison for which is possible to hunt is nonsense. According to the expert, somewhere in Belarus, maybe, this practice exists but not in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

"This is nonsense. That's impossible! Probably, somewhere in Belarus this practice exists but not in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. That couldn't be! Liquidation of bison is under very strong regulation in the country and the creation of something like this is inadmissible. It cannot be concern of bison", Dmitriy Bernadskiy has assured as "The European Radio for Belarus" informs.

The newspaper "Nasha Niva" (Our Field) has earlier informed that a special herd of bison was created in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for which it is possible to hunt by paying beforehand from two to eight thousand Euros. The cost depends on the size of bison, its horns, hoofs, growth and weight. Bison from "the reserved fund" specified by the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka's decree are taken in the herd for hunting.

Bison, which suffer from any illnesses, which are old and crippled, are in the reserved fund. As a total, there are several tens of bison in the reserved fund. All these bison are kept in a special enclosure of 30 hectares fenced by a two-meter metal grid, the newspaper writes.

Altogether 730 bison are living in the Belarusian part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. However some ecologists consider this figure overestimated because the more amount bison the more amount of animals permitted to be put in the reserved fund.
February 11, 2008 Webpage "Lenta.ru" Permission to hunt for bison in the Lukashenko's reserve was given in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

It is authorized to hunt for bison in the Belarusian Reserve "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". For this purpose a special herd consisted of several tens of animals has been selected from "the reserved fund" which was created by the decree of Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The newspaper "Nasha Niva" (Our Field) writes that the cost of one bison for a hunter makes from two to eight thousand Euros. The cost depends on the size of bison, its horns, hoofs, growth and weight. Bison which suffer from any illnesses as well as old and crippled are in the reserved fund. All these bison are kept in a special enclosure of 30 hectares fenced by a two-meter metal grid.

Altogether 730 bison are living in the Belarusian part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, according to official data. However, some ecologists consider this figure overestimated.

Bison is a heaviest and biggest ground-living mammal on the European continent and the last of the European representatives of the wild bulls. Its length is 330 centimeters, the size of shoulders is up to two meters, and the weight reaches one ton.

Lenta.ru
February 11, 2008 Newspaper "Nasha Niva" (Our Field) A bison herd was created in the Bialowieza for hunting

It was informed from the administration of the National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" that "a herd for hunting" which is replenished in an appropriate enclosure was created. This is an original Belarusian ranch of the area of 30,000 hectares fenced by a two-meter metal grid. The sanction to hunt for bison costs there from 2 to 8 thousand Euros. The exact sum depends on the characteristic of a trophy - the lengths of the right and left horns, the circle of a horn, the size of hoofs etc. By mutual agreement with a client, a skin and a head of a killed bison can be sold him.

According to an official inventory, over 730 bison are today living in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. However, many ecologists consider this figure overestimated. In particular, Heorhi Kazulka, the former deputy director on science of the park, says that chiefs of forest enterprises now have got a so-called "effect of interest". This means that the more the quantity of bison, the more sanctions on "practical use of resources of this animal" chiefs gain. And hunting for bison, therefore, is organized not only in Belovezhskaya Pushcha but also in the Pripyatskiy National Park and in the Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve…

Galina Borovaya
February 10, 2008 Webpage "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" Bison to shoot but only ill and aggressive (Poland)

As last years, the Ministry of Environment has given out the sanction on selection to shoot 30 bison from the population living in the Bialowieza Forest.

About 400 bison are living in the Polish part of the Forest. Ill, weak and aggressive animals are extracted every year. Despite the hunting lobby's pressure, employees of the Bialowieza National Park specially commissioned for this purpose will extract bison. Meat partly will go to the scientific laboratories and the rest is bought by restaurants. 28 bison were eliminated last year under the sanction on shooting. It's the opinion of some experts that a herd living in the Bialowieza Forest is already too big and one should think of its strong reduction. However, in spite of the fact that the animals are under careful scientific control since 20-s of the last century, no one still carries out proper researches on what number of bison in the Bialowieza population should be optimal.

The source: the newspaper "Wyborcza Bialystok"
February 08, 2008 Webpage "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" The police is yet not aware of how a lynx from the Bialowieza forest was lost (Poland)

The policemen from the village of Bialowieza didn't yet manage to find out the reason how the lynx which was under telemeter researches in the frame of the scientific program on the territory of the Bialowieza Forest was lost – because of poachers or any other case.

Month ago a tracking device was only found only. The researchers of the of Mammals Research Institute (MRI) of the Polish Academy of Sciences located in the village of Bialowieza considers that most probably the predator is shot by poachers.

The lynx was lost in the early year. The scientists from the MRI have found its cut tracking collar with a radio-transmitter at the bottom of the local river. One assumes that someone has ruined it by throwing from the bridge that to cover up the traces.

The animal carried the tracking collar with the special transmitter for two years that allowed the scientist to know its location.

Analyzing the circumstances and the place where the collar was found, the scientists from the MRI assume that the lynx was extracted by poachers.

It is also possible that the animal could be lost in some other way, for example, under car wheels. There are no, however, any proofs confirming one of these hypotheses.

Now one more animal of about twenty lynxes living in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest has the radio-transmitter.

The source of information: PAP
February 05, 2008 Webpage "The National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus " Schengen visa policy affects Belarusian-Polish tourist links

The visa policy, which came into effect after the Schengen zone enlargement, bears negatively on the development of tourist exchange between Belarus and Poland. The fact was underscored during a meeting between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Poland Pavel Latushko and President of Polish Tourist Organization (PTO) Rafal Szmytke, BelTA was told in the Belarusian mission in Warsaw.

The sides exchanged opinion on the development of Belarusian-Polish relations in tourism. Pavel Latushko informed about the measures taken by Belarus to reduce visa fees and simplify visa requirements for citizens of Poland going to Belarus for tourism purposes.

The Belarusian side initiated development of partnership relations between Polish Tourist Organization and National Tourism Agency (NTA) of the Republic of Belarus. Rafal Szmytke expressed interest in developing joint Belarusian-Polish projects aimed at encouraging tourism in the Augustow canal region and Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The sides noted the necessity of taking joint efforts by NTA and PTO to create the conditions for boosting cooperation between travel agencies of Belarus and Poland.

The sides also discussed the prospects of the activity of the Belarusian-Polish commission for tourism. Rafal Szmytke was informed about the plans to open a representative office of the Tourism Department of the Republic of Belarus in Warsaw.
February 02, 2008 Webpage "Infostud" Summer School in Ecology and Biodiversity: Understanding Patterns and Processes

The place: Bialowieza, Poland
The date: June 9-14, 2008.
General information:
The participants will have a chance to listen to lectures and take part in lab and field training conducted by the leading European and North American scientists.

The training will cover a wide range of topics:
Ecological and conservation genetics, population and evolutionary ecology, biogegraphy and macroecology, physiological ecology, conservation of biodiversity, application of GIS in ecology and nature conservation, statistics and mathematical modelling in ecology, and methods of ecological research on animals.

The event will take the form of one-week course for 65 participants combining lectures, seminars, and hands-on practical training, performed in Bialowieza and Biebrza National Parks, Poland.

MRI PAS also offers the opportunity to receive a long-term training, conduct research for a degree thesis, and gain professional experience as a volunteer. Please check our website for details. www.zbs.bialowieza.pl/bioseb

Participation in Summer Schools is free of charge - the organizers cover the costs of participation, travel and accommodation in Bialowieza of all eligible participants.
Please see our website for more details, application rules, and registration form. Application deadline is 1st April 2008.
samojlik@zbs.bialowieza.pl
www.zbs.bialowieza.pl/bioseb
February 01, 2008 Webpage "Naviny.by" The Wilderness Protection Zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be tripled as much

The zoning scheme of the National park
It is planned to enlarge the area of the Wilderness Protection Zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha more than three times as much – from 30,000 to 100,000 hectares - by 2009, Dmitriy Bernatskiy, the deputy director on science of the National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has informed to the BelaPAN News Agency.

He said that the substantiation what changes to bring into the zoning scheme of the territory of the National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is now drown up. So, the area which was traditionally a part of the Pushcha and which is covered by the most old-aged natural forests is proposed to incorporate into the zone "with the stricter mode of protection".

Dmitriy Bernatskiy also has told that the nearest plans of the management of the Park are to address to the UNESCO with an offer to expand the territory of the Pushcha which is on a List of World Natural Heritage Site. In particular, it is the expert's opinion, the fen mire "Dikoe” (Wild) should become a part of this zone as rare species of plants, amphibians and the threatened bird species Aquatic Warbler are still living there.

Dmitriy Bernatskiy has noted that it is supposed to make all changes close to the date of celebration of the 600th anniversary in 2009 since the first protection was established in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

"Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a world heritage site, the only unique primeval forest in Europe which can nearly be vanishing, both in Belarus and in Poland. The way to rescue this forest is only to make it reserved. I therefore completely support the idea of extension of the Wilderness Protection Zone. This intention is exactly what scientists and public activists waited for and what they struggled for within 50 years’, Heorhi Kazulka, PhD of Biology and an ecologist who is engaging in problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has commented the up-coming changes to the BelaPAN.

The official webpage of the National park informs that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the largest forests on the lowland Europe which was preserved until now "relatively intact". The area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is divided by the state border into two parts – the Belarusian and the Polish ones. The State Nature Protection Institution "The National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was created in the Belarusian part and in its adjacent areas. Its length is over 60 kms from the north to the south and is 10 to 50 kms from the west to the east. It covers the area of 163,505 hectares and is located in the Grodno and the Brest regions. In the Polish part of the Pushcha the Bialowieza National park was created covering about 10,000 hectares.