NEWS ARCHIVE: MAY 2008
May 27, 2008
Website "ONT: The Second National TV Channel"
The strictly protected zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be extended
The biggest European Reserve will celebrate the 600th anniversary next year.
The Pushcha's borders embracing the area of 70 thousand hectares will be changed on order to make a special status of protection. It will cover the historical part of the Reserve in which relic natural forests are growing. In the near future the management of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is going to address a request to the UNESCO to add these forest areas to a List of World Heritage Sites as rare species of plants, amphibians and some threatened birds are still living there.
May 27, 2008
Website "The European Radio to Belarus"
Belovezhskaya Pushcha twice as much to expand its strictly protected area
The area in which either economic activity will be forbidden will be enlarged twice as much. After this its territory will amount to 75,000 hectares.
A unique bog, one of three in the world only, will also be a part of the strictly protected area. Scientists emphasize that the age of the bog is over six thousand years and that it belongs consentaneously to a basin of the Black and Baltic seas.
The bog of the area of 140 sq. km is called "Dikoe" (Wild). There are almost all plants there listed in a Belarus Red Data Book. Aquatic warbler and spotted eagle, the nearly extinct bird species everywhere, are also living there.
After the extension of the strictly protected zone, the management of the National Park plans to address a request to the UNESCO to add these forest areas to a List of World Heritage Sites. It would promote works of scientists who, if it's so, could gain UN grants for conservation and researches on these territories.
May 26, 2008
Website "The National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
The best tourist product
The Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" within the limits of presentation of tourist possibilities of the Brest region "Tourism. 2008-Summer" was recognised by the winner in a nomination "The Best Tourist Product". It was also awarded by a Certificate of the Management of Physical Training, Sports and Tourism of the Brest Regional Committee.
The presentation of tourist possibilities of the Brest region "Tourism. 2008-Summer" has been organised in the city of Brest on May 23rd and 24th current year.
Representative of districts, towns and tour agencies of the Brest region substantially and with taste have issued and as much as possible used the places given for the presentation service. It was appreciated by the competitive commission led by the vice-president of Regional Executive Committee Leonid Tsuprik, the chairman of the Regional Deputies' Council Sergey Oshmiantsev, the head of the Department of Physical Training, Sports and Tourism of the Regional Executive Committee Nikolay Khevchuk and some other responsible persons.
The Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has also taken part in the exhibition. Visitors of the exhibition watched with pleasure a video film about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, got acquainted with a printed matter under listening to original, smooth-sharply sounds of the ensemble of the hunting music "Bekas" (it means Snipe) from the town of Drogichin. Any question did not remain without the answer, neither of a young visitor, nor of a åhe grey-haired adult person, of a veteran of war, or of a nice young pair – the employees of the National Park Andrey Yushchenko, Olga Bambiza and Lyudmila Kusemko answered to all of them benevolently and with pleasure. It was pleasant to hear that many of the people have already visited the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and have been very happy but it is twice pleasant that they will necessarily visit it again while many others will visit for the first time and will invite friends, relatives and familiar to go together…
May 24, 2008
"The European Radio to Belarus"
First trans-frontier bicycle route is developed in the region of Brest
The first trans-frontier bicycle route which includes rural farms is developed in the region of Brest, Georgiy Gribov, chairman of the Agro and Eco Tourism Public Council, has informed.
According to him, a nine-day "green route" will be starting from the Polish territory of the Bialowieza Forest
, then will be passing through Belarusian areas, namely through the Kamenetz, Zhabinka, Kobrin, Brest, Ivanovo and Malorita districts.
The length of the route is over 300 km. Eight village farms are planned to make a part of the route. In July the route will be tested by a group of Belarusian and German tourists. And it will be open after making some changes.
A special catalogue describing the route and containing a map and other information about overall infrastructure will be issued by this.
May 23, 2008
"Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper
There will be someone to defend a forest!
On May 20 to 21, the regional conference of forest school sections was hold at the Brest Pupils' Regional Ecological and Biological Centre in which 60 young people from all areas of the Brest region, of the cities of Brest and Baranovichi have taken part.
Today there are 117 forest school sections in the Brest region where young boys and girls are acquiring nuts and bolts of the forestry science and are learning how to protect nature. The program of the conference included an exhibition "Flower, my forest!" where, in addition to photos, children's reports on their tests and researches were submitted, as well as a meeting with country's Honoured forester Michael Sekerich, a trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha
and an acquaintance with research officers of the National Park and many other cognitive measures were taken.
May 22, 2008
Website "Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
2008 Nesvizh Muses
Music is beyond time. It has no territorial borders and language barriers. Outward things and nature are its main source of inspiration. And it is, therefore, deeply symbolical that 13th art festival of 2008 Nesvizh Muses is dated to the 600th anniversary since establishment of a reserved status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The research-and-production conference "Six Centuries of the Belarusian Music" was also devoted to this event.
The history of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is naturally and continuously connected with the history of the domestic art including the musical one. It means it is not casual that the recommencement of the holiday is occurring indeed in the town of Nesvizh where holidays piously are kept and centuries-old traditions of domestic art creatively are revived.
The delegation of representatives of the management of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has taken part in the celebration. Deputy director general Alexander Sharinda has presented memorable souvenirs to outstanding conductor Michael. Ludmila Kuzemko
May 19, 2008
BP-21 Website News Service
A public committee is created to celebrate the 600th anniversary since first nature protection acts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
In Belarus discussions between stakeholders to create the public committee for celebration of the 600th anniversary since first nature protection acts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are started. Non-governmental organizations, ecologists and activists for nature protection interested in conservation, and correct and ecologically competent management in Belovezhskaya Pushcha have initiated this idea. Negotiations with representatives of the Polish nature conservation organizations are also carried to give an international status to the public committee.
The initiators consider involving the Belarusian society into preparation works and celebration of the anniversary, attracting attention worldwide and contributing to decision-making process concerning dramatic nature protection and social problems in Belovezhskaya Pushcha as the basic purpose of the creation of the public committee. Besides, advancement of the ideas of wilderness protection, sustainable development and ecological education in the society and establishment of the partnership in relations between the government body and the public are put as the important tasks. For this purpose it is planned to organize and to carry out a number of appropriate measures. Implementation of the regulations of the Aarhus Convention on public access to ecological information and public participation in decision-making process concerning ecologically important issues which the administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" cannot manage and which importance for nature protection purposes of the Park is underestimating.
The public committee plans to make preparation works for celebration of the 600th anniversary since first nature protection acts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha acting under two most important mottos - "A wilderness protection status for Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and "A lofty culture of relations to Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a symbol of beauty, greatness and Godhead of the nature of the planet Earth. The public committee therefore would like to attract more attention to the value and importance of preservation of wild nature for both Belovezhskaya Pushcha Primeval Forest and Belarus as a whole.
The initiators of the creation of the public committee want to make that the celebration of the 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha could not be done by coping the scenario such as "the final reaping" becoming lately a tradition in the Belarusian state (it is when the authorities solemnly reports about grandiose successes, then the actors sprightly sing and dance, while the people represent the passive spectators or crowd scene for TV pictures). As to this celebration, the public should be the peer participator and partner like it is in the civilized democratic countries.
Let's remind that in late August Alexander Lukashenka, the President of the Republic of Belarus, has signed an order for celebration of the 600th anniversary of the nature protection status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
and has created the National Committee consisted of a few tens of the top-governmental managers and other persons in charge. Their task is to organize the celebration of the anniversary at a high national level. In February 2008 the Belarusian government has approved the plan of the measures
on preparation for 2009 celebration of the 600th anniversary since establishment of the nature protection status in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The plan includes 59 items (in Rissian)
which specify development of the infrastructure and tourist objects of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", development in the social sphere and improvement of the inhabited localities, road building and maintenance, creation of optimum conditions in the agriculture, and activities on information and ecological education for children and youth. About 30 millions US $ dollars as the Rouble equivalent are allocated from the state budget to cover all measures. The celebration is going to be done under the UNESCO's aegis.
Prepared by Heorhi Kazulka
May 13, 2008
"Muses of Nesvizh" festival to commemorate the 600th birthday of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Alena Bormotova: The festival organized by the National Concert Orchestra of Belarus led by professor Finberg will be held for the 13th time.
Mikhail Finberg, festival art director, national artist of Belarus, professor: The festival program will be unique. Also a scientific conference "600 Years of Belarusian Music" is planned to take place under the festival.
May 12, 2008
Website "BELTA News Agency"
President urges more efforts to develop Belovezhskaya Pushcha tourism infrastructure
The National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha should put more efforts in the development of its tourism infrastructure. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko set the relevant task during his visit to the State Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha” on May 11, BelTA learnt from the presidential press service. The Belarusian head of state is currently on a working visit to the Belarusian regions.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the biggest woodlands in Europe that has retained its primeval state. Its territory is divided by the Belarusian-Polish border. The Belarusian part of the National Park occupies over 150 thousand hectares. Now it is the symbol of Belarus and most visited park by foreign tourists.
The average age of the plantation of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is 83 years, while the plantation in Belarus in general is approximately 51 years old. You can find here 18 oldest trees in Europe.
In 1992, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site; in 1993 it was awarded the status of Biosphere Reserve.
Due to the diversity of flora and fauna, Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a kind of laboratory, where Belarusian and foreign scientists have an opportunity to study natural processes, rare species of plants and animals and to conduct research.
The Belarusian head of state was informed on the implementation of the previous commissions on the development of the National Park and ecotourism. The President learnt about the measures taken to preserve the fauna and surviving woods, the protection of the forests from insects. According to director general of the park Nikolai Bambiza, they managed to localize cambium beetles and to substantially decrease the area of the affected forests.
The plantations of trees that were damaged by the storm several years ago are being actively restored.
Alexander Lukashenko commissioned Nikolai Domashkevich, the chief of the Property Management Directorate of the President of Belarus, and the heads of the park to continue the work on putting the park in order.
The head of state was also interested in the state of the artificial aquatic systems on the territory of the park. The Belarusian President underlined that the rivers and lakes of the park should be taken an exceptionally good care of.
Alexander Lukashenko also visited the residence of the Belarusian Father Frost. This residence is open all the year round and has already hosted tens of thousands of children and adults. Here the Belarusian President got familiar with the preparation to the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a reserve which will be marked in 2009. The organization committee of the celebration of this event is headed by Nikolai Domashkevich.
The preparation plan stipulates for infrastructure development, construction of new objects, including ecological-educational centre, reconstruction of open-air cages for animals, road construction and repair. The investment in the park reconstruction is to near Br 70 billion.
Alexander Lukashenko took a brief stroll round the park and talked to the tourists from Belarus, Russia and Germany.
The President was happy with what he saw. Unlike many other countries, Belarus managed to preserve this primeval woodland.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha has been demonstrating a stable growth of the major financial and economic showings. In particular, the revenues and a range of services provided by the park have been growing as well as the number of tourists: in 2001, the park was visited by 55.3 thousand people, in 2007 – 190 thousand people from 76 countries.
The head of state underlined that tourist objects should be built more actively on the territory of the park.
The President also touched upon the topic of the final resolution of the problems related to the purchase of agricultural products from population and their processing. "We should already consider the purchase of mushrooms, apples from population and if necessary buy additional processing equipment to produce domestically as much juice as possible", the Belarusian head of state noted.
Alexander Lukashenko commissioned the Belarusian producers' co-operative union and the government with the task to supervise the solution of these issues.
May 12, 2008
Belovezhskaya Pushcha to enlarge the strictly pretected zone
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has set the task during his visit to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
on May 11, to put more efforts in development of its tourism infrastructure.
The Belarusian part of the National Park covers over 150 thousand hectares. Belovezhskaya Pushcha now is restored in the borders of 1760. Today it is a visit card of the country and this is the national park, most visited by the foreigners.
The average age of forest communities of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is 83 years, while the forests in Belarus in general are approximately 51 years old. 18 oldest trees in Europe are growing in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, BelTA
informs. In 1992, Belovezhskaya Pushcha was inscribed on a UNESCO List of World Mankind Heritage Sites; in 1993 it was granted a status of Biosphere Reserve. In 1997, the Council of Europe has awarded a European Diploma for natural protected areas.
The plans are to invest the Park's reconstruction in the sum of near Br 70 billion (~ 35 million US $).
notes, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" demonstrates a stable dynamic of the growth of the number of tourists: in 2001, 55.3 thousand people has visited the Park, while in 2007 – about 190 thousand people from 76 countries.
Most likely, the flow of the tourists will grow. It was reported to the chief of state that the National Park increases the volume of rendered services and provides the growth of the profit.
Meanwhile, by 2009 – the 600th anniversary since establishment of a reserved status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha – there are plans to enlarge the strictly protected zone from 30 thousand to 100 thousand hectares. Dmitriy Bernadskiy
, deputy director on science of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has informed to the BelaPAN
In particular, it is supposed to attribute the historical area of the Pushcha which is covered with old-aged natural forests to the zone "with stricter mode of protection"
. Besides, the nearest plans of the Park's management is to appeal to UNESCO with a proposal to expand the area of the Pushcha which is on a List of World Heritage Sites. In particular, in opinion of the expert, the bog "Dikoe" (Wild) should belong to such the territories as it is populated by rare species of plants, amphibians and threatened birds Aquatic warbler.
"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
Coming back to the trip of the president in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, we will note that, according to the press service
of the neade of state, the President "was happy with what he saw" in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Nevertheless, not all in Belarus show so very positive attitude to the situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In March representatives of the Belarusian ecological public have declared
their wish to participate in discussions and development of the management plan for the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". They has addressed an appropriate letter to the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and to the Council of Europe.
The authors of the letter, among them Heorhi Kazulka and Valeriy Dranchuk
, an author of the book "Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Resolution SOS" (2004), state concern about the situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
"First of all, we are worrying over deficiency or a lack of information on a number of important and dramatic issues related to Belovezhskaya Pushcha and its preservation"
, Heorhi Kazulka has informed. "Because of this we, the representatives of the Belarusian society, have some obstacles which interfere with us to get the proper participation in discussions on Belovezhskaya Pushcha's problems and make difficult preparation of the offers which could promote their decision".
On the basis of rights of the Aarhus Convention
, the authors ask the state bodies to provide assistance in acquaintance with the draft management plan for the Park and with materials related to its preparation, as well as with the schedule of working meetings on which discussions on this issue are planned.
"The experts' duty is to develop the management plan. The employees of the Academy of Sciences and of the National Park are today engaged in it. However, according to the Aarhus Convention, it should be made publicly. That means the management plan before being approved should be put for public discussions at any stage of the development and its final version should be accepted with considering the public opinion and requirements. In this case the introduction of the plan will not be considered as any departmental and lobby measure, on the contrary it will be in compliance with the rule – to be publicly and to follow democratic standards"
, Heorhi Kazulka has declared.
May 12, 2008
Lukashenko to succeed in seeing tourists in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
During the visit to Belovezhskaya Pushcha on May 11, a place where rare species of animals and plants are living, Alexander Lukashenko not only has learned from Nikolai Bambisa, chief of the reserve who has a rather famous for Belarusians surname, about the results of the struggle against bark beetles but also has met tourists - from Belarus, Russia and Germany, to whom he communicated during his brief walk in the Park.
Lukashenko has come to the Pushcha that personally to check preparation works on celebration of the 600th anniversary since establishment of a reserved status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha which will be marked in 2009.
The matter concerns the construction of new objects in the Reserve including ecological-educational centre, reconstruction of open-air cages for animals, road construction and repair. The official sources especially focus on that snow guns will appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
All this pleasure will cost for Belarusian tax-payer Br70 billon billion (~ 35 million US $).
Lukashenko was not alone in the Pushcha. A young boy, his younger son Nikolai was together. Lukashenko often shows him to the public last times.
May 12, 2008
Lukashenko commissioned the government to buy mushrooms and apples from the Belarusians and to make juice
Photo by president.gov.by
The President of Belarus has visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha where he has charged the government to provide the purchase of the gardening and wood production from the population and its processing during the current year. "It is now necessary urgently to consider issues concerning the purchase of apples and mushrooms from the population that to supply the population with juice of the own production", Alexander Lukashenko considers.
The chief of state has noted that it is necessary to take apples not only from enterprises but also from the population. He has charged the BelCoopSouz and the government to take control over the decision of these issues, "Interfax" informs. "We shouldn't sell for nothing this production and then to import foreign juice as we can make own production. We shall make and to process mushrooms and other production here", Alexander Lukashenko has declared.
The President of Belarus is pleased with getting things put in order in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Alexander Lukashenko has highly appreciated the results of the work on restoration of 130 hectares of the forest suffered from the hurricane of a few years ago, "Interfax" informs. Besides, the President of Belarus has positively estimated the fact that Belarusian scientists and employees of the National Park managed to stop the development of the illness of coniferous forests affected by the activity of bark beetles.
Alexander Lukashenko commissioned Nikolai Domashkevich, the chief of the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus, and the heads of the National Park to continue the work on putting the Park's territory in order. "All should be cleaned for this year, and should be put in order", the President has declared.
May 11, 2008
Website "The official internet-portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus"
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park should intensify work on developing tourist infrastructure
The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park should step up the work on developing its tourist infrastructure, said President Alexander Lukashenko on 11 May while visiting the state nature-conservative institution “The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park”. On these days the President is making a working trip across Belarus’ regions.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the largest forest areas in Europe, which survives in its virtually primeval form. Territorially, it is divided by the state border into two parts – Belarusian and Polish. The Belarusian part of the Pushcha occupies 150,000 ha. The Pushcha has been restored to its 1760 geographic boundaries. Today the Pushcha is a visiting card of Belarus and the most popular Belarusian national park among foreigners.
In 1992 the Belovezhskaya Pushcha was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and in 1993 it was given the status of a biosphere reserve. In 1997 the Council of Europe honoured the Pushcha with a European Diploma of Protected Areas.
The Head of State was informed on fulfillment of his earlier instructions on improving the national park and promoting eco-tourism.
The President was also informed on the measures taken in the Pushcha to preserve the fauna and virgin forests, save the forest land from insect pests and wood diseases.
The recent measures taken in the park helped localize bark beetles and reduce the affected area.
May 11, 2008
On-line photo-information: Trip of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to Belovezhskaya Pushcha
The author: Maxim Guchek
Technical service by the BELTA
May 08, 2008
Website "Belarus Live"
Tourist Perspectives of Brest Region Broaden
The high way by the length of about 40 km, which leads from the regional center to Kamianiuky in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (virgin forest), will be excluded from a frontier zone soon.
It means that every citizen of Belarus can travel there without an execution of a special permission.
Thereby, de facto becomes de jure, because the absolute majority of visitors of the National park traveled there without additional certificates and permissions earlier.
If it would be necessary to form special permission, then the procedure would be in the following way: at first it is necessary to apply to the department on citizenship and migration of RDIA and file a written application and documents, which confirm goal of staying in the frontier zone. The application should be filed not later than 10 days before coming, and there are such documents in the list like an invitation for work on behalf of the administration of an enterprise, a referral to a sanatorium, a call to study, a confirmation about residence of relatives, etc.
Abolition of earlier order will undoubtedly decrease difficulties for citizens of the region and country in whole in an intention to visit Belavazhskaya Pushcha.
May 05, 2008
The Belarusian Green Portal on-line
The Belarusian Green Portal in available now on-line (www.greenbelarus.info
The idea of the Belarusian Green Portal was to create an entry point to the cyberspace of environmental and ecological information of Belarus. The Belarusian Green Portal is a debate platform for the most topical ecological issues and a place for creation of the virtual ecological community, as well as latest information useful to experts and ordinary people and advice in the field of ecology and health, ecology and life, ecology and rights.
The mission of the Green Portal is to solve several most important tasks:
- to establish a relevant platform for public discussions on the most topical environmental issues;
- to create a space for the Belarusian environmental community;
- to provide latest information useful for professionals in the field of environment and ecology as well as for ordinary Belarusian citizens;
- to provide professional consultations on environment, health, life-stile and environmental legislation issues.
The Portal is developed for different target groups:
- Governmental and local officials;
- Teachers, methodologists and other experts in a sphere of education;
- Pupils and students;
- Public organizations and activists;
- Any person, interested in nature protection, life quality, ecology, health and rights.
May 02, 2008
Website "ONT: The Second National TV Channel"
Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be open for every wishing visitant
Under the decision of the State Border Committee of Belarus, the road to the Reserve is excluded from the frontier zone.
Earlier one could come to the state reserve only with a special permission. However, to obtain it, it was necessary to submit an application to the local law-enforcement bodies no later than 10 days prior to the trip. The road to Belovezhskaya Pushcha is now excluded from the guarded frontier zone. This means that any tourist can visit the Pushcha without permits and invitations. In the near future, as we were informed from the Border Department, the entrance to the territory of the Braslav Lakes National Park will also be free of restriction.
May 01, 2008
"Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomolskaya Truth) newspaper
The road from the city of Brest to Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be outside the frontier zone
From now everyone wishing can come to Belovezhskaya Pushcha avoiding any additional documents, information and permissions.
Earlier the branches on citizenship and migration at the district departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have given permits to enter the frontier zone. To obtain the permit for entrance to the frontier zone, it was necessary to submit a written application and documents to the domicile bodies of internal affairs confirming the purpose of the entrance to the frontier zone, no later than 10 days prior of the visit planned. For example, there could be a job invitation on behalf of the administration of an enterprise, a ticket to a sanatorium, an invitation from a collage or a confirmation-paper that the relatives live there etc.
"However, you see that many earlier came to Belovezhskaya Pushcha without any permits and sanctions!"
"As a matter of fact, they broke the rules because the road to Belovezhskaya Pushcha was in the frontier zone and the stay there without appropriate documents was an administrative offence," Michael Oksenyuk, deputy head of the Department of Management of Applied Forces and Means in State Border Service at the Administration Office of Border Service at the Main Operative Management Office of the State Border Committee of Belarus, has told in the interview with BelTA News Agency.