NEWS ARCHIVE: APRIL 2011

April 28, 2011 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 79 Efficient preparations for the season

Road service organization of the country have successfully performed tasks of the first quarter

For example, basic parameters of the socio-economic development of the Department "BelAvtoDor" had been fully performed. In particular, the growth of fixed investment at constant prices amounted to 162% and about 170 billion rubles (~$ 56 millions) had been attracted. The balance of foreign trade in services amounted to $ 8.6 million, while total foreign trade deficit in goods and services has been $7.4 million in setting $ 6.4 million.

Index for energy saving in the amount of minus 7.2%, when setting minus 7%, had been made during the reporting period. The volume of production of marketable products industry amounted to 116%, while inventories of finished products did not exceed the established limit.

The program of works on national roads is executed in total (111%) and in types of works, regarding the content, repair and overhaul, reconstruction and construction. The largest amounts have been disbursed for reconstruction of the M-4 Minsk Ц Mogilev highway, the construction of a bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha and access routes to the planed nuclear station.

In general, construction industry's organizations are willing to perform works in the season of 2011. Now the works to repair and remediate techniques and equipment come to the end. Calibration of weighing equipment is performed at all asphalt plants. Given the anticipated decline in budgetary financing, managers of contracting organizations also are considering the possibility of concluding additional agreements on the orders of party organizations and the export of construction services.
April 25, 2011 Website "The Public Broadcasting Company " Rally starts in Brest on retro cars

On April 27, enthusiasts from Brest, Novogrudok, Vitebsk, Kiev and Lviv will travel to retro-rally from the Memorial Complex "Brest Fortress-Hero" along the route Brest - St. Petersburg Ц Brest, the length of 3,000 kilometers. The travel was organized by the public "association" Club Retro "Adam".

Motorists will come back to Brest on May 3. It is scheduled for interesting meetings with their Russian like-minded counterparts and youth. The program of the rally is called "Born in the USSR" and is dedicated to promoting the history of the Soviet automobile industry. Very solemn events will be held at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Source: News Service of the Public Broadcasting Company "Brest"
April 21, 2011 "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomol Truth) newspaper Alexander Lukashenko "I think that we still have oil somewhere there"

јлександр Ћукашенко выступает с ежегодным посланием с 1997 года. ‘ото: ѕервый телеканал
The President delivered his annual address to the Belarusian people and Parliament [photo]
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About Kerimov and incoming tourism ...

"I was in convincing from all staff of the Ministry of Culture Ц to revive and renovate castles and palaces; that's big money to invest there, and then tourists will go. In fact, do not go. But they are happy to go in a simple and convenient agro-farm. They go with their families, because Moscow citizens are rich. They consistently agree to spend the whole summer season and pay a lot of money. They have a rest with their families there. So let's invest! This wealth we have is enough!

This year we will finish a ring road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Please! Welcome. There are today villages of those who born near. Rich people take and restore them. They are from Russia and Israel, from other countries of the world. (...)

Mr. Kerimov, an owner of the potash market in Russia, recently came to me. He is a richest man. He told me in reproach - you promised me to give the place to build a house near Belovezhskaya Pushcha, near a certain road. For God's sake Ц take even two, at least three! (...) Put in order. We have such cases. People already know that is best to come there, to Belarus, and to build there!

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The text of the news is put in the short-cut form. The BP-21 Century editor's note. The full text can be written from the original website, in Russian.
April 15, 2011 Website The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" On April 15, 2011, a regular meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council was held in the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

On April 15, 2011, a regular meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council was held in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Results of researches of 2010 by the staff of the National Park and outside agencies, including the themes under the State Program on Development of Especially Protected Areas for 2008 to 2012, were presented.

These investigations focus on the development of geographic information system of the National Park, a network of integrated ecosystem monitoring, forecasting the dynamics of the situation in old-pine forests and a complex of measures aimed at conservation and sustainable use.

A report on the implementation of the scientific theme "Develop the basis for an environmental audit of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with regard to the tourism development" was also heard. The project of management of hunting for the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" made by the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources at the National Academy of Sciences caused wide-ranging debate.

The concept of creation of the Research wildlife Institution on the basis of the National Park, presented by the Acting Director of the Institute of Experimental Botany at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Alexander Pugachevsky was also discussed.
April 13, 2011 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper One of the travel companies from Bialystok organized the cycling tour for 22 guides across Belovezhskaya Pushcha

On Saturday, April 9, a group of people by bicycles crossed the Belarusian-Polish border through the simplified border crossing "Pererov" to visit our part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

One of the travel companies from Bialystok organized the cycling tour for 22 guides living in the Polish Bialowieza Forest and surrounding villages. The aim of the journey is to explore the potential of tourism in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, then to propose the extended package of services to the Polish tourists. Within two days off guests from Poland visited a new Museum of Nature and enclosures with wild animals. They rode bicycles and walked along the routes of "Big Trip" and "Protected Oak Forest", as well as actively interested in the possibilities of agro-farms around Pushcha.

Elena TRIBULEVA
April 09, 2011 Website "21.by" President Alexander Lukashenko: I have nothing, except the country

The Russian newspaper "Tomorrow" published the third part of the transcripts from the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the editors of the Russian media, held on March 18. Chief Editor of this issue Mr. Prokhanov unveiled new-old statements of the Belarusian President which still did not appear in the media.
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"I fly by helicopter - the soul rejoices"

I often dream about. I basically fly by helicopter around the country because when you go by car Ц some streets are blocked and people are unhappy. And it is cheaper for this case. I love nature, I love people, I love every living things. I never went to hunt. I know that there is a need to shoot animals, as the excessive number of bison is even in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and if do not catch them, they would destroy the Forest. I understand this but I cannot even look at the killed animal. I am flying by helicopter. Huge woodland is visible from top, all is smoothly, it is sown, and there are no bald land patches and holes anywhere, all is neatly. Soul rejoices. I am pleased when, wherever you I look, all is smoothly, beautifully planted and the yields are good. That's my dream that the country is to be beautiful.
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The text of the news is put in the short-cut form. The BP-21 Century editor's note. The full text can be written from the original website, in Russian.
April 08, 2011 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper A new director in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belovezhskaya Pushcha finally got a new general director. According to the order of the Presidential Administration of April 5, Alexander Buriy has been appointed the head of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". He previously led the State Forestry Enterprise "Krasnoselskoye", that is in the Minsk region. LetТs recall, the previous director of Belovezhskaya Pushcha Nikolai Bambiza worked here for almost 10 years and was fired in January of this year "due to his transfer to another job." On Wednesday, April 6, an introduction of the new director to the staff of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was officially made.
April 07, 2011 Website "The United Democratic Forces" Bootleggers occupied Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Last year 22 cases of illegal moonshine distilling were found in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and over 10 tons of vodka and moonshine mash were seized. These figures were announced at the inter-agency meeting on combating against distilling in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The press service of the Prosecutor General informs that 102 moonshine and 23 mini-plant for the production of moonshine were destroyed in the Svisloch district of the Grodno region.

98 people were made managerial answer for production or acquisition of alcoholic beverages. Not only locals but also employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" were caught in this business.

In this regard, it was proposed to add a new paragraph in the labor contracts of foresters and forest officers - failure of action to identify the facts of moonshine, as additional grounds for their termination. In addition, local authorities should "develop a mechanism for disposal of moonshine mash without harming the environment."

According to participants of the meeting, elders of villages, members of volunteer teams and the general public must be actively involved in the fight against this business.

Now, during 2 months, it is planned for meetings in the village communities located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and adjacent areas where the issue of combating distilling will be raised.
April 06, 2011 Website "Meteo.by" Belarus plans to create thirteen new wildlife sanctuaries for the next five years

By 2015, Belarus plans to create 13 new protected areas. This was reported by Natalia Minchenko, head of the Department of Biological and Landscape Diversity of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection.

According to her, these are landscape reserves "Borisovsliy" (Borisov and Smolevichi districts, Minsk region), "Svisloch-Berezinskiy" (Klichev and Osipovichy districts, Mogilev region) and "White Russia"(Logoisk district, Minsk region). It is also expected to create the wetland wildlife sanctuaries "Morochno" (Stolin district, Brest region)," Drozhbitka-Svina"(Polotsk district, Vitebsk region),"Zhada"(Miorsk and Sharkovshchina districts, Vitebsk region),"Stary Zgaden" (Zhitkovichi District, Gomel region), "Janka" (Sharkovshchina district, Vitebsk region), "Sozh River Floodplain" (Vetka, Chechersk and Budo-Koshelevo districts, Gomel region), "Voronichsky Island" (Pukhovichi district, Minsk region) and "White Moss" (Ostrovets district, Minsk region). In addition, it is planed to create the hydrological wildlife sanctuaries "Spory" (Postavy district, Vitebsk region) and "Haino-Brodnya" (Smolevichi district, Minsk region).

Minchenko noted that conversion of many existing wildlife sanctuaries is scheduled.

According to her, the emphasis will be made on conservation of wetlands in the coming years. Ministry of Natural Resources will also continue to attract international grants for sustainable management of natural protected areas.

According to Anatoly Lis, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, the surface of especially protected natural areas will increase from 7.7 percent to 8.3 percent of the total area of Belarus by 2015. He said that the Ministry will strive to not only expand the surface of especially protected natural areas but also to improve nature protection there. "Today the goal is not just declare the territory. The main thing is that it is to serve as an especially protected area. Unfortunately, many problems today arose on the existing protected areas", the official said.

Today the system of especially protected natural areas consists of the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve with the total area of over 80 thousand hectares, four national parks -"Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with the area of over 152 thousand hectares, "Narachanskiy" with 94 thousand hectares, "Pripyatskiy" with over 82 thousand hectares and "Braslav Lakes with over 71 thousand hectares. In Belarus there are also 433 wildlihe sanctuaries - 85 of national significance, and 847 monuments including 305 of national significance.

From information by Open.by
April 04, 2011 "Zarya" (The Dawn) newspaper A bypass road along Belovezhskaya Pushcha will increase by 16.5 km

The route of a highway around Belovezhskaya Pushcha which construction is now in progress has been adjusted. The new start is from the border crossing "Peschatka".

Initially, the new road has been built (and continues to be built) from the village of Volkostavets, Kamenetz district, and further around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with the end point in the village of Svisloch, Grodno region.

The total length of the bypass has been planned 185 km. According to the Presidential Decree number 76 dated February 28, 2011, the bypass section in the Brest region has been extended to the border crossing "Peschatka", that is in the Kamenetz district. Thus, the line lengthened to 16.5 km.

Motivation of the adjustment is quite logical. The task is to link the new road to the existing customs and border crossing point, thus ensuring the possibly shortest and convenient access for tourists from abroad visiting the unique natural area.

Like the main part of the road, the added section will provide a modern highway with the width of the road bed of 10- and 9-meter.

It is planned to put about 15 culverts for surface water and drainage canals. New bridge crossings are not provided.

Additional funding of the road construction for the extension area will be 45 billion rubles (~$ 14.5 million). The total cost of the bypass road construction is 331 billion rubles (~$ 110 million).

The new section will run across three rural areas of the Kamenetz district, bypassing the villages of Peschatka, Hlevische, Dolbizno, Bushmichi, Podbure and others.

Alexander Volkovitch