NEWS ARCHIVE: April 2006

April 29, 2006 "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia), No 81 Please, take me the room in a penthouse!

An ex-collective farm is going to make a tourist retro - complex by reconstructing an ancient manor.

Except for Belovezhskaya Pushcha, White Tower and Holy-Troicky Roman Catholic Church in the village of Volchin, there is one more treasure in the Kamenetz district which is on a list of priority to be reconstructed in the frame of a national program of development of rural tourism. This is an ancient manor in the village of Gremyache. The distance is only forty kilometers from Brest and you are carried yourself to an amazing site at the high picturesque bank of the river Pulva. A park with exotic trees is nice at any time all the year round. But the autumn is especially impressing when yellow-red maple and ashen leafs cover the slope down to the river. The house of the manor show now terrible conditions. But hopes seemingly are not lost at all. The local collective farm "Voskhod-Kamenetz" is going to invest in restoration and improvement of the area of rest at least one million dollars.

Director of the collective farm Andrei Zelenko is glad of purchase and plans to create a museum-hotel complex in Gremyache in the style of XIX century. The new owner intends to equip some of the rooms for the visitors in the attic. From windows they can admire a view of the park became thin and wild but still majestic where, except for larch, spruce, hornbeam and oak trees, it is simple to see a quince-tree nearly four meters in height. No one parks of our country has such the tree. It will be possible to drive in a carriage on narrow stone roads of the manor. A trout will be acclimatized in ponds for the fans of fishing. Certainly, the ancient manor is not ready to invite the first tourists in the near future but it is not a trouble. The main is that the manor, owned in various periods by the families of Sapega, Fleming, Ponyatovsky, Chartoryisky, Puslovsky and Puzyna, will not remain, as many were afraid, to be forgotten and abandoned.

Valentina KOZLOVICH
April 27, 2006 Web-newspaper "BelaPAN" Fight spruce bark beetle in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A wood nursery of the National Park
A wood nursery of the National Park,
Photo by the website "BelSwissBank"
A project to restore wood areas damaged by spruce bark beetle is carried out in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Director of the State Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Nickolai Bambiza informed the BELTA's reporter.

Destruction of spruce trees reached dramatic scales in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the last decade. Drainage works conducted in 60-s of the last century which consequences were quite serious, especially in droughty years, became one of the primary reasons of ecological deterioration. Because of downturn of a level of subsoil waters, spruce woods which root system is spread out near the soil surface have got dying process first of all. Bark beetles' attacks aggravated this problem. Maximum losses, because of this phenomenon, was recorded in 1992-1994 when 200,000 cubic metres of wood were lost, and in 2001-2004 more about 600.000 cubic metres of spruce wood were suffered from bark beetles. The total volume of spruce wood in Belovezhskaya Pushcha makes about 3,000,000 cubic metres.

Nickolai Bambiza told that about 2,000,000 young trees will be planted in Pushcha, about 40 percent of which are seedlings of oak while the others are of pine. For this purpose local seeds are used to grow seedlings in nurseries of the National Park. The total area of Pushcha's landscapes to restore young woods will make 340 hectares.

According to the director, this is the second wood-restoring action of so big scale in Belovezhskaya Pushcha conducted for last sixty years. The first one had obligatory to be used in the National Park after two hurricanes scudded over Pushcha in 2002. The natural elements led to destruction of the wood area of 180.8 hectares. Nickolai Bambiza informed that both cases of wood-restoring works did not cover the Wildness Protection Zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and works are conducted in those areas where limited activities are under permission. These works were coordinated with the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Forestry, the Institute of Experimental Botany and the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences.
April 27, 2006 Website "Tourism and Rest" Scientists from four countries to meet in Pushcha

The First International Scientific and Applied Conference "Ecological and Economic Mechanism of Preservation of Biodiversity in Especially Protected Natural Areas of the Republic of Belarus" began in the administrative centre of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" on April 26.

More than 50 reports by the leading experts from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Belarus specialized in the field of reserved areas will be presented at the three-day conference. The basic purpose of the meeting with participation of so imposing scientific authorities is to discuss urgent problems of functioning especially protected natural areas and make concrete decisions to preserve their flora and fauna.

"The Evening Brest" newspaper
April 26, 2006 "The Evening Brest" newspaper Rural tourism supported by grant

The owner of the rural tourism farm "Pruzhanskaya" Tatiana Shustik obtained grant of financial support as a results of participation in the project «Ecological Sustainable Development of the Region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" supervised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection.

Her farm is located in the town of Pruzhany in the Kuharev Street. She also has a house in the village of Kletnoe. An offered tourist route is interesting to those who want to visit the Pruzhany area and Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The grant of Euro 1.7 thousand will contribute improving the rural tourism infrastructure and make service more diverse. More five owners of the farms of the Kamenetz district are also among those who obtained financial support to develop rural tourism.
April 18, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 71 Both to fish and hunt...

One could easily decide when and where to go spending holiday last year.

The National Exhibition Centre "BelExpo" and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus have given this opportunity during the spring fair "2006 Rest". Over 200 firms from twelve countries of the world took part in the exhibition. They were from Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Egypt, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Tunis, Turkey and Switzerland.

Within four days, all of those who so desire, having studied offers of domestic and foreign travel agencies, tour-operators, insurance companies and representatives of hotel and restaurant networks, could gain a place on a tour of any site of the country and abroad. They could do it directly in the exhibition centre. The range of chosen distance only depended on thickness of their purses.

Those who prefer to have rest in the open native air by combining it with health improvement, instead of foreign travels, had also the big choice. The Centre on Sanatorium and Holiday Resort Work at the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus "CentrKurort" became the most claimed tour-operator and organizer of such the rest this time. Its long-term experience to work in the field of such services allows it to be a leader of the holiday service industry. Five sanatoriums belonged to the complex "CentrKurort", two of them are nearby the lake of Naroch, are located in the area of Belarus. Five more sanatoriums are located outside the country - in Russia, Crimea, Lithuania and Latvia. Edward Matulis, Deputy Manager of the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus noted that places on all sanatoriums "CentrKurort" were possible to bay through the Belarusian tourist ageneses since this year.

Except for rest in sanatoriums, the Centre on Sanatorium and Holiday Resort Work services fishing tours and hunting animals for the Belarusian citizens and foreign tourists in such national parks of the country as "Braslav Lakes", "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve".

Zhanna LAZOVSKAYA
April 14, 2006 "The Evening Brest" newspaper UN grants for pioneers of rural tourism

A competitive commission of the UN Development Program Project called the winners of competition of micro-projects aimed advancement of rural tourism in adjacent to Belovezhskaya Pushcha areas.

Almost all pioneers of rural tourism in the region, still few, were candidates to obtain grants of one to two thousand dollars. Vladimir Lomako, Belarusian curator of the project said that six village farms of the Brest region were called among the winners who got right of UN financial support. They are the farm "Svishchevo" in the village of the same name, "Polish Estate" and "Wood" in the village of Belaya (White), Mlynok (Mill) in the village of Mlyny (Mill), the farm in the village of Shestakovo, all of them are located in the Kamenetz district, and the farm "Pruzhanskaya" in the district of the same name. The owners of these farms were invited to take part in a three-day training seminar in Poland on April 26. The trip and seminar are also financed from the budget of the UN Program Development Project.
April 14, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 69 The price for gas should be acceptable for both parties

A next final assembly of "BelGasPromBank" went off in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The assembly was hold for the fifteenth time this year because this number of years has passed to be exact since the bank was founded. The Open Join-Stock Company "BelGasPromBank" became one of the most successful joint projects of Belarus and Russia for this period. Today this financial and credit-making institution consists of seven branches and over sixty local bank service offices all over the regions of our country.

The last year was quite successful for the bank. Its profit made over 1.6 million dollars while the financial resource-base grew almost 65 percents up and exceeds nowadays of 135 millions dollars. Olga Dadasheva noted that the "BelGasPromBank" demonstrated its ability to work effectively with international financial organizations like the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the International Financial Corporation.

Director Gneral of "BelGasPromBank" Dmitri Kazakov noticed that no one rejected interests of business but the gas as a branch of the economy combines political ones. In the Allied state which, according to appreciations of the Russian experts as well, Russia needs as much as Belarus, the gas price should correspond to Russian tariffs. The assembled members noted, therefore, that the mechanism of interaction which will allow to remove all disputable obstacles of this issue will be produced in the coming months. The representatives of the both parties did not exclude that joint projects in the gas branch can become such the mechanism.

Minister of Energy Alexander Agaev declared that the gas price is yet not generated for Belarus next year. But its level will exclusively be formed taking into account the earlier made agreements.

Tatiana VLADIMIROVA
April 05, 2006 Web-newspaper BelaPAN Polesskiy Radioactive Reserve near similar to Belovezhskaya Pushcha concerning number of plant species

Seven unique ecosystems were revealed in the area of the Polesskiy Radioactive Ecological Reserve, Ph. D in Biology Oleg Maslovskiy, manager of the Sector of Cadastre of Flora of the Institute of Experimental Botany in the name of Vasiliy Kuprevich of the National Academy of Sciences, informed to BelaPAN.

He also informed that eight species of flora protected in Europe grow within the territory of the Reserve. Among the rarest species of plants the scientist called Floating Watermoss (Salvinia natans), Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) and Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus), famous Belarusian orchid which is very rare in Europe. According to O. Maslovskiy, except for these eight species, more twenty six species of flora growing in the area of the Polesskiy Reserve are listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Belarus.

The scientist noted that nature began to be restored at an unprecedented fast rate in this area since the Chernobyl accident and removal of anthropogenic influence to the Pripyat floodplain. Moreover, as to the number of species of plants the Polesskiy Reserve outstripped all other protected territories of Belarus and became close to this level of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Among the facts of influence of radio nuclides on development of flora the scientist called mutation of coniferous trees (so-called "a red wood ") and willow trees which produce many leafs at a top of naked branches. Many species of plants occur the breach of chromosome apparatus which the nature successfully copes with thanks to the mechanism of self-regulation, Mr Maslovskiy noted.

He also informed that plenty of species of plants typical for steppes covered the territory of the reserve abandoned by the human since 1986. They began everywhere to be distributing. However in the process of restoration of ecosystems, which are characteristic of the Pripyat floodplain, the native plants began to supersede the newcomers, the scientist said. According to him, the function of restoration of biological diversity acquires a prevailing significance in the Reserve.

Marat GOREVOI