NEWS ARCHIVE: JUNE 2009

June 22, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Belarus presents the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park in Paris.

A photo exhibition, dedicated to the history of this unique natural reserve in Europe, will be opened today in the central office of the UNESCO headquarters. The exposition is open until June 28. At present, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the four most popular natural wonders of the world. The contest was organized by Swiss enthusiasts. It features 261 wildlife sanctuaries from 222 countries.

June 19, 2009 Website "BELTA" Exhibition timed to Belovezhskaya Pushcha anniversary to be presented in Paris

A photo exhibition timed to the 600th anniversary of the reserve status of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park will be held in the central office of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on June 22, BelTA learnt from the information and public relations service of the Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The exhibition is organized by the Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus under the auspices of the Belarusian Embassy in France. The exposition will consist of five sections featuring the history of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and its natural sites. The exhibition will demonstrate the great significant the Belarusian state attaches to the preservation of this unique natural reserve.

According to head of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Museum Liudmila Grechanik, the exposition is open till June 28 after which it will be showcased all over Belarus and in the Russian Federation. By the start of the celebrations dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the forest, the exhibition will have come back to Belarus to be available at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Museum.

The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park currently ranks fourth in the nomination “Forests, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries” of the Wonders of Nature Campaign launched in January 2009. New 7 Wonders Foundation, the Swiss not-for-profit organization, has selected 261 natural sights from 222 countries. Belarus is also presented in the rivers, lakes, waterfalls nominations.
June 16, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Belovezhskaya Pushcha can get a status of new wonder of the world

Chances of the victory are growing: according to the internet voting organized by a Swiss Fund, the National Park occupies the fourth place. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the oldest forest reserves in the world which will celebrate the 600th anniversary this year.

Svetlana Vechorko reports: The green spot on the white field is how the oldest European woodland is seen from space. It is valuable not only for our country, but for the whole planet at large. Unsurprisingly, the National Park got over many internationally renowned parks after being included in the international web-based contest "7 Wonders of Nature".

(Ludmila Grechanik, head of the Museum of Nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha)
Leading media representatives took part in the press tour to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, organized by the Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

(Vera Arteaga, subeditor of the newspaper "Respublica")
Last year was a peak time, because almost 270,000 people visited the National Park. In the run-up to the anniversary, the tourist infrastructure is being developed with new hotels, the ecological centre, the museum of nature, animal enclosures being built and/or renovated, and new eco-trails being designed. In addition, the World Heritage territory comprising the area of absolute protection which is closed for visits is expected to increase from 5,000 to 70,000 hectares.

(Vladimir Yadrincev, Information Service and PR of Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus)
Celebration of the 600-year anniversary of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is to be held on the 19th of September - on the eve of the Day of the Forestry Workers, which is symbolic in itself.
June 15, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park ranks fourth in the nomination "Forests, national park, reserves" of the Wonders of Nature Campaign

The project has been organized by New 7 Wonders Foundation, the Swiss non-profit organization. The goal of the project is to make the list of seven wonders of nature. The nature sites are divided into seven categories: landscape, ice formations; islands; mountains and volcanoes; caves, rock formations, valleys; forests, national parks, reserves; lakes, rivers, waterfalls; seascapes.

The first phase of the contest was over in December 2008. Now 261 qualified national and multinational nominees are competing to make it to the top 77. In July a group of experts will pick up 21 finalists. The new wonders of nature will be announced in 2011.

Belarus is also presented in the lakes, rivers, waterfalls nomination. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the world's oldest natural reserves. In 1992 UNESCO included it in the World Heritage List. The national park was awarded the status of a biosphere reserve in 1993 and a special diploma of the Council of Europe in 1997.
June 12, 2009 Website "Radiobelarus.tvr.by" Belarus and Poland are going to work out a joint management plan for the world heritage sites in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarus and Poland are going to work out a joint management plan for the world heritage sites in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Vasily Arnolbik, Deputy Director General for Science of Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, told reporters.

According to him, it would be made for a sustainable development of the natural landscapes of the forest. The uniform strategy will be developed in 2010. Various researches in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been conducted for 200 years. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the world's oldest reserves. The forest was first mentioned in the Hypatian Chronicle in 983. In 1409, the forest was named Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In 1992, Belovezhskaya Pushcha was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The forest received the status of the biosphere reserve in 1993 and the key ornithological territory of the international importance in 1998. The length of the national park is sixty kilometres from north to south and ten to fifty kilometres from west to east. The area totals 163,505 hectares.
June 12, 2009 Website "The Second National TV_Chanel" Frogs are henceforward a sight of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, not only bison

Signs with frog images have already appeared on the roadsides to warm the motorists. As to amphibians, they are welcomed to go through ... an underground passage.

This is already the second "underground" for frogs and toads. The first one has appeared three years ago in the Berezinski Biosphere Reserve. Now Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the site where three tubes were put under a road which is often crossed by amphibians. The road will be asphalted and the necessary direction for frogs will be "prompted" with road borders of the height of about 40 centimeters. Due to this the frogs will be safe - they cannot go on the motorway and will get at once the underground passage.

The video-reportage can be watched at the ONT website here
June 12, 2009 Website "Naviny.by" An underground tunnel for frogs to complete in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

An underground passage for frogs has appeared in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the head of the Museum of Nature of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Ludmila Grechanik has informed to the BelTA News Agency.

As she said, three pipes have been put under a road which is often crossed by amphibians. After the road will be asphalted, the builders will set guide borders of the height of 30-40 cm hindering frogs to go to the motorway and forwarding them to the underground corridors created.

This is already the second "underground" for frogs and toads in Belarus. The first one was built in 2006 in the Berezinski Biosphere Reserve. Before the appearance of the underground tunnel at the length of the M3 motorway which crosses the Reserve, up to 1,500 amphibians weekly perished under wheels of automobiles during the spring migration.

The whole complexes of underground tunnels and special bridge constructions for various groups of animals like amphibians, ungulates and small mammals are created in many countries to conserve fauna and biodiversity. Such the passages can be located at the distance from 1 to 15 kms one after another in some sites where migrations are the most intensive.
June 11, 2009 Website "BelTA" The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" offers to visit an animal path

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" offers to use five pedestrian and bicycle routes, and also to visit an animal path, the head of the Museum of Nature of the National Park Ludmila Grechanik has today informed the reporters as the BelTA.

The animal path has extent of 2.5 kms. It is offered to pass it on foot. During the excursion one can see forest dwellers Ludmila Grechanik has told.

For true judges of protected nature a route of the distance of 120 kms and of the 5-6 hours duration is stipulated. It is offered to bicycle and to walk on this ecological path.

Excursions to a Grandfather Frost Manor are the most popular for the tourists in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A survey two-hour excursion in picturesque places of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the second to be popular.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the oldest reserves in the world. The first records about the forests located in the area of the modern Belovezhskaya Pushcha belong to the year of 983 in the Hypatian Annals. Since 1409 this forest is begun to be named Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the Polish and Lithuanian letters. Its protection started in December of 1409 shortly before the Greenwald Fight. The Pushcha has gained this special status because meat for armies of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy was prepared and Grand Dukes Witowt and Yagailo liked to hunt there. The system of selected permission for entrance was applied in the area that to hinder outsiders to visit the forest rich by game animals.

In 1992, Belovezhskaya Pushcha was included into a UNESCO's Cultural and Natural Heritage List. In 1993, it acquired the status of a biosphere reserve, in 1998 – the status of a key international ornithological area. The length of the park makes up over 60 kilometres from north to south and 10 to 50 kilometres long from west to east. 20% of the Park's total area is the Wilderness Protection Zone where any human activities are prohibited.
June 04, 2009 Website "Naviny.by" Belovezhskaya Pushcha to participate in the nomination of the Seven Wonders of Nature Campaign

As a result of voting, Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarus, Poland) ranks fourth among national parks and woods which take part in the nomination "Forests, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries" of the Seven Wonders of Nature Campaign, BelaPAN informs.

The Campaign "7 Wonders of Nature" is initiated by the Swiss non-profit-making organization "New 7 Wonders Foundation". Seven natural miracles of the world will be selected by means of Internet-voting on the site www.new7wonders.com.

In total 261 natural sights from 222 countries participate in the competition. The Niagara Waterfall (Canada, USA); the Kilimanjaro Mountain (Tanzania); the Black Wood or Schwarzwald (Germany); the Loch Ness Lake (Great Britain); the Vesuvius Volcano (Italy); the Baikal Lake (Russia) and others are among them. The natural objects are distributed in seven categories: landscapes; islands; hollows, caves and canyons; mountains and volcanoes; national parks and forests; rivers, lake and waterfalls; and seas.

Besides Belovezhskaya Pushcha the Belarusian Lake of Naroch and the River of Dnieper (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) participate in the nomination. As a result of voting in the group which includes the rivers, lake and waterfalls, these objects hold accordingly 32nd and 27th places. The Puerto Princess Underground River National Park in Philippines, the Amazon Forests in Southern America and Sundarban in Bangladesh only take the lead over Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the group.

As results of voting, the experts of the New 7 Wonders Foundation should define 21 natural objects by July 7 which will participate in the final voting. After that the final voting will begin in late July which will be finished in 2011 when the seven natural miracles of the world will be announced.

Vasily Arnolbik, Deputy Director General for Science of Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, has informed to BelaPAN that the organizing committee on support of the National Park under the direction of the Deputy Minister of Information Alexander Slobodchuk is created in Belarus to help Belovezhskaya Pushcha win the competition. The representatives of the executive authorities' bodies of the districts which share the area of the protected forest are the members of the committee. The committee is responsible to distribute information about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, to inform the potential participants of voting about the advantage of the National Park. According to Mr Arnolbik, the similar structure is also functioning in Poland.

"The advancement of Belovezhskaya Pushcha to be the finalist will depend on activity of the participants of the Internet-voting", the representative of the administration of the National Park has said. In his opinion, Belovezhskaya Pushcha has very strong contenders in this competition, such, for example, as the Amazon Forests.

Anastasia Yanushevskaya