June 30, 2010 Website "The European Radio for Belarus" The company IKIA to refuse timber from Bialowieza Forest (Poland)

According to information from Polish "Greenpeace", cutting down operations harm to the National Park. Independent ecologists worry over the situation not only in Polish but also in the Belarusian part of Forest.

Foreign enterprises refuse wood from the Polish part of Bialowieza Forest. According to assessments of ecologists, cutting down operations influence very bad upon the forest ecosystem of the Park. Polish "Greenpeace" has even initiated the action "Stop Selling Bialowieza Forest" and has printed a special official report. As a result, main customers of wood delivered from Forest have annulled their contracts with suppliers, as the press-secretary of the Polish "Greenpeace" has informed to the Euro-Radio.

The press-secretary of "Greenpeace" "We have received a letter with copies of official documents from the company IKEA. We have also received information from other firms that they reflect on this step too. It means that the fact about IKEA is sure and others are going to do the same".

About 120 thousand cubic meters of wood are felled in the Polish territory of Forest every year, whereas only tierce is used for the local needs. Ecologists has taken this problem under control and the firm which harvested wood has lost its certificate.

As to the Belarusian part, the situation concerning forest cutting down is even worse than in the Polish one, the activist and ecologist Valeriy Dranchuk says.

Valeriy Dranchuk "It is more urgent for us than for Poland because our Belovezhskaya Pushcha is only one. Poland has more woodland like it. Out cutting down operations are scheduled according to an industrial plan. It is differed from those if the general director of the Park Mr. Bambiza has occasionally decided to cut down something. It is going according to the annual plan. It is sold, is taken out and is exported by the state. The governmental politics id totally responsibility for this".

Polish eco-activists are also warring about the Belarusian style of management in the unique forests. They are anxious about asphalted roads and hunting in Forest, as the ecological activist from the Polish Society of Landscape Protection Janusz Korbel has told to the Euro-Radio.

Janusz Korbel: "In Poland it is impossible to hunt within the territory of the National Park, whereas it is allowed within the Belarusian one. In Belarus the most part of the territory is under an especial protection and we satisfy with it. However, the policy of extraction of dead trees was carried out till recently and we dislike it. Besides, there are big sawmills in the Park's territory. That means that boards are produced from falling trees and it is not so good from the ecological point of view."

By the way, the "economic" approach is looked through the name of the management which is ruling Belarusian Belovezhskaya Pushcha – the Department of Natural Complexes and Agriculture at the Department of Affairs of the President. However, officials from there spar that there is no any scheduled cutting down in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and there is only supervision over the ill and old trees falling on roads and blocking tourist ways.

An employee of the Department "Nothing is cut down. The supervision is only carried out. This is because Belovezhskaya Pushcha is an old forest. It is dying and these old and dry trees are removed. Cutting down of living trees are absent in Belovezhskaya Pushcha at all".

However, the Euro-Radio could not learn neither in the National Park, nor in he Department of Affairs of the President about exact figures regarding how much timber, even of the old trees are extracted in the whole Pushcha.

According to Valeriy Dranchuk, someone from the Park's management mentioned 10 years ago that this figure makes about 200 thousand cubic meters. However, the true amount can be larger, the ecologist says.

Valeriy Dranchuk "I think that its volume is much more. Therefore, certainly, cutting down operations are scheduled according to the plan and they are really of the big-scale".

The employee of the Department of Affairs of the President considers such statements groundless and says that the state control commission has found no any infringements.

The employee of the Department of Natural Complexes "If wood was delivered to storage facilities, it is characterless. The main is that everything is to be conducted according to the rules in places. The state commission recently visited and examined the Park and it's OK. You do not listen to any rumors as it is better to listen to truly ecologists".

. Nevertheless, the authorities being under pressure of European experts have decided for all that since the next year to enlarge the strictly protected zone in Belovezhskaya Pushcha three times as much – from 30 to 80 thousand hectares. No any trees will be allowed to cut down in this area.

The European radio for Belarus, by Anna Balakhovich, Warsaw
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The audio-report is possible to listen by downloading the file from here
June 26, 2010 Website "the Second National TV-Channel (ONT)" Video: "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" demands development of an infrastructure

The visitors' flow is growing but the problem of conservation of the ecosystem and biological diversity is appearing at the same time. To find a balance, experts and students (biologists) who also participate in the discussion have assembled in the National Park.

More detailed are in the video-report by our correspondent by following this link
June 25, 2010 Website "Belarus Birds' Life" The "productive" year for Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl, one of the most beautiful and at the same time rare owls in Belarus, has broken all records in 2010: 17 nests of this species were found in the territory of the National Reserve for Special Purpose "Vygonoshchanskiy" and in vicinities of the town of Telekhany of the Ivatsevichi district!

A Great Grey Owl nestling. Photo by A. Ivanov
Since 2005 the action "Great Grey Owl's Friends" with support of the Onno de Bruijn & Alla Kviatkovskaya-de Bruijn Fund is carried out around the town of Telekhany and in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Since that time three keepers of the territories important for birds - Alexander Ivanov, Victor Kuratnik and Alexander Abramchuk - annually monitor nests of birds of prey where an owl can potentially make its home as well. Each of them was born in the land of Vygonoshchanskie bogs and they are familiar from childhood with every forest and wet site. They have the long-term experience in the struggle against poachers, therefore, to save Great Grey Owl for the next generation is sense of duty and a peculiar mission for them.

Every year a team of Belarus Birds' Life visits the owl habitats and together with the skilled guides has a hard trip to all known nests to discover the success of nesting and ringing of nestlings.

For years of the action, according to substituted data, extraction of Great Grey Owl by poachers in vicinities of Telekhany has decreased. In 2010 two nests of this owl were found for the first time in the Polish part of Bialowieza Forest that testifies to expansion of its nested areal.

Today there are only three permanent nesting areas of Great Grey Owl in Belarus – the above mentioned National Reserve for Special Purpose "Vygonoshchanskiy" and its vicinities, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and one more National Reserve for Special Purpose "Olmanskie Bogs".

The most of nests of Great Grey Owl were found within the territory of the Telekhanskoe timber enterprise which is certificated in the FCS-system. All new and unknown up to this habitats of Owls will be taken under security obligations and, after a session of the local Deputy Council, will be given to landowners for protection.

With the help of harmonious actions of the administrations of especially protected natural territories and timber enterprises, inspections of natural resources and environment protection, activists of Belarus Birds' Life and keepers of the territories important for birds, Owl can be protected from poachers and its habitats from destruction!

Together for birds and people!

Denis Kitel,
a Belarus Birds' Life expert on nature protection issues
June 25, 2010 Website "TUT.BY" "Triple" will construct a building complex for delegations in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

In 2010 the group of companies "Triple" will erect a complex of buildings and constructions for services of delegations within the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" which is subordinated to the Department of Affairs of the President. The appropriate decree of the President No 323 was issued on June 22.

In addition to the buildings the appropriate infrastructure which includes objects of the external electro power supply - two transformer substations of out-of-site transmission facilities of the 10 kilowatt voltage - will also be constructed. The Regional Department "BrestEnergo" is responsible for the allotted work.

The public corporation "Triple" has got the function of the general contractor.

However, another thing is curious in the given decree – the sources from which the financing operations for construction of the complex of buildings for services of delegations will be carried out. For example, the design and development works, the arrangement of protection of the territory and the equipment of the video-supervision system and communication facilities for the complex are carried out at the expense of means of the centralized innovation fund of the Department of Affairs of the President.

Works on construction and equipment of the complex are carried out at the expense of financial resources, and of goods (property), works and services which are given, carried out and rendered for these purposes by the company "BelNefteGaz" on the basis of the contracts of the gratuitous (sponsor) help. The contracts are concluded with the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The enterprise will also get some tax preferences. The gratuitous transfer of the specified resources made by the "BelNefteGaz" will not be considered as the sale of products (property), works and services for taxation by the value added tax. Besides, these resources going for the purpose of taxation by the profit tax will be included in the charges getting from out-of-sale operations by the "BelNefteGaz", as it is said in the document.

The company "BelNefteGaz" is a part of the group of companies "Triple". The company specializes in export of chemical solvents and thinners.

The "Triple" was established in 1992 as a company on the manufactured goods and foodstuffs' wholesale trade. In this interval of time the company has grown to become a multiline group of the sub-companies which is actively engaged in the petroleum wholesale trade, building, building materials and nonalcoholic drinks' production and some other projects. The interests of the "Triple" in the petrochemical industry are represented by the companies "TripleEnergo", "BelNefteGaz", NefteChimTrading" and "Neonafta". The nearest plans of the company are to construct a net of filling stations. The operative control is conducted by the powerful businessmen Yuriy Chizh and Vladimir Yaprintsev. The "Triple" chieftain Yuriy Chizh lately quite often makes his appearance at actions together with the President Alexander Lukashenko.
June 18, 2010 Website "" Experts in the field of tourism and nature use to assemble in Summer school in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Summer school "Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a trans-boundary object" will be going in Belovezhskaya Pushcha from June 21 to June 26. The Fund "Euro-region Belovezhskaya Pushcha" organizes this school.

Students of Belarusian high schools who won in competition for the best essay on problems of the trans-boundary functioning of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and representatives of the Prizhany, Kamenetz and Svisloch District Executive Committees, the Brest Regional Executive Committee, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some international organizations will take part in Simmer school.

According to the Fund director Zoya Mechkovskaya, Summer school is devoted to problems of functioning of this unique natural complex locating in two states, in Poland and Belarus. Participants will familiarize with an infrastructure of the National Park and will also visit museums, ecological paths and other objects on each side of the border.

Prospects of the future trans-boundary cooperation in the frame of the "Euro-region Belovezhskaya Pushcha", and the situation regarding the tourist infrastructure, problems of conservation of biological diversity and originality of the complex "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" as a trans-boundary object will be discussed during workshops and works in small target groups.

According to information by BelTA
June 18, 2010 Website "" Tourism close up

On last Wednesday, the 16th June, the outdoor board of the Belarusian Ministry of Sports and Tourism discussed the topic "Development of infrastructure of the tourist industry and excursion routes in the Brest region".

The delegation of the Ministry was headed by Minister Oleg Kachan. Participants of the board have familiarized with the recreation zone at the Vulkovskoe Lake, have visited the ecological path in the National Reserve of Special Purposes "Vygonoshchanskiy" and have joined the excursion on the Vygonoshchanskoe Lake.

The development of the tourist zone continues in the southern part of the Ivatsevichi district, within the borders of Vygonoshchanskoe Lake. One and a half month ago the motor ship "Polonaise" started floating. Building of houses for tourists will very soon begin. Works on cleaning are deepening of Oginskiy Cannel at the section from Lake to the Vygonoshchi village are conducted. Let's remind that in mid last month the forest area of the Forest and Game Ground "Vygonovskoe" together with lakes Bobrovichskoe and Vygonoshchanskoe were handed over the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" that caused some troubles among numerous fishers from the cities of Brest, Pinsk and others. Today one have to pay not 11,000 (~ $3.5) but 20,000 (~ $6.5) Roubles for fishing on these lakes.

What need was to hand the Forest and Game Ground "Vygonovskoe" over the new owner and why has the price raised nearly two times more?

"Let's be realistic", Minister Oleg Kachan has appealed. "The Forest and Game Ground "Vygonovskoe" belonged to the Telekhany ski factory which experiences today not best times. There was a need to find financially more strong enterprise which management will establish order there and will help save the lake."

Vygonoshchanskoe Lake needs to be rescued", the chairman of the Ivatsevichi District Executive Committee Anatoliy Tkachuk has emphasized. "This lake is not deep and its water level is higher than the one of Shchara River. They are connected. The lake with all fish reaches can simply "run away". It is necessary to erect the system of sluices while the hydraulic engineering re-equipment costs over 4 billions Roubles (~ $1,3 millions). Not everyone can cope with these expenses while the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is able to do it. Nevertheless, I agree that the handing over was not managed absolutely smoothly because people should beforehand be warned".

Gennadiy Gorbach, new chief of the Forest and Game Ground "Vygonovskoe", has told to the newspaper's reporter about the planned extension of the fishing zone - in east and western directions. The purpose is to make more fishing spots.

Issues connected with development of tourism and excursion routes of the Brest region and implementation of investment projects were also discussed during the session of the board.

Alexander Gorbach, newspaper "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest)
June 17, 2010 "Respiblika" (The Republic) newspaper Is there pike in the Vygonovskoe Lake?

Yes, as it was found out by Nikolai Bambiza, general director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", who surveyed the Lake's water surface in a motor boat.

At the end of last May the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was increased in size by the forest area of about 81 thousand hectares. The forest grounds within the territory of the Ivatsevichi, Lyakhovichi and Gantsevichi districts have become a part of the Reserve. At once the general director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Nikolai Bambiza has visited the Vygonovskoe Lake, treasure of this woodland.

The results of this visit have discouraged amateurs of fishing not only from the Brest region but also from others bordering areas of the country. Barriers which have blocked a road to hundreds of fishermen visiting the Lake already for a long time have appeared at entrances to the Vygonovskoe Lake. Lots of calls not only from fishermen but also from ordinary amateurs of nature and active rest has fallen upon representatives of the local authority and the management of National Park. In early May the excursion motor ship "Polonaise" has appeared on the Lake. Over five hundred passengers have made fascinating travels in these picturesque places for one month. The Forest-Hunting Enterprise "Vygonovskoe" which rents lakes, thanks to the snow-white beautiful ship, was going considerably to extend services offered by the located there recreation department, and to raise its attraction possibilities. What will be now?

Answering this question to the newspaper reporter, Nikolai Bambiza has assured that fishing in the water reservoir is closed temporarily. This is connected with the administrative and legal issues which should be managed today because of changing the status of the Forest-Hunting Enterprise "Vygonovskoe" to another one, and with assignment of the rent rights to forest and water areas to the National Park. With time fishing will be allowed but in more civilized conditions than it was managed till recently. The new management plans to equip many convenient places for fishermen there, to alter a primitive hotel and to build houses for holidaymakers. The director is also going to correct the local fishing manner. Last decades only those who are specializing in fishing for carp, crucian, tench, bream and roach traditionally come to here. "Hunters" on pikes are absent there as people say that this fish does not live here. "But it's impossible to be so!" Nikolai Bambiza asserts as he is a fanatical amateur of "hunting" for this large predator with a spinning rod and he intends by the personal example to break the established tradition. He has surveyed all corners of the lake by a motor boat and was convinced that ideal conditions are here for the large-toothed owner of the local fresh waters. Habitats favourite for pike will be marked by special buoys and fishing with the help of skilled staff fishermen will be organized there. It will allow to use waters of the Vygonovskoe Lake of the area of 2,596 hectares and the nearby Bobrovichskoe Lake of almost 1,000 hectares more effectively. Probably, other kinds of the predatory fishing will also be permitted. Nikolai Bambiza makes plans to legalize also other ways of fishing which are now under interdiction, of course in a certain frames. In his opinion it will be good to permit netting to the locals for the purpose of revival of national lines of crafts. But tackles should be those made within centuries by grandfathers and great-grandfathers, not of the Chinese modern production. Differently, this aboriginal craft of the Polessie area will be irrevocably lost. It would also be better to recollect about the winter ice-hole fishing. Managing this kind of fishing for visitants, the villagers could fill up their family budgets, while the Vygonovskoe and Bobrovichskoe lakes would become a polygon for perfection of amateur fishing rules which, as Nikolai Bambiza consideres, should be liberalized that to stop the uncontrolled and really poaching fishing in our rivers and lakes.

The fishing vector can considerably raise attraction of the local tourism as contributing to its history and natural components. Then the passengers of the excursion motor ship "Polonaise", running through the lake and the Oginskiy canal which flows into it, will be more numerous. The visitors will be offered in the virtual form to return not only to the last centuries when the local area was developed by the Polish kings and the Lithuanian Grand Duchy Princes but also to recollect the near history when a governmental recreation base earlier liked by the Belarusian Communist Party's Secretary Petr Masherov was built on the lake.

Certainly, such changes will not be a liking to many Belarusian inveterate fishermen because one now has to pay for the local services more than earlier. But there's nothing to be done as the very important governmental problem to increase the financial efficiency in the Belarusian tourism is solved and many funds had already invested in its development. It is uneasy to reach it if no progress in the export component. That is why foreigners are attracted by the exotics and originality of the Vygonovskoe Lake with the adjacent woodlands. The management of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has already the abundant experience in this field. Last year 3 billions Belarusian Roubles (~ $ 1 million) have been earned from this kind of service offered for foreign visitors there. A larger potential sums are already beginning to emerge now and they can be invested in preservation of the virginity of the Polessie area by the rich and influential tourists from other countries who visited these lands and were amazed by its nature and a level of common influence upon the environment of the whole Europe.

P.S. While this material was preparing for printing, it became known that the barriers blocked forest roads to the Vygonovskoe Lake are already open for fishermen. 20,000 Belarusian Roubles (~ $ 7) which today they have to pay for fishing on the unique water reservoir are rather not much higher than the cost of the license bought earlier. So, "hunters" for pikes and crucians, welcome to the in Polessie depth!

In the photo: Nikolai Bambiza is "a hunter" for pike.
Photo by Victor Vetkin
June 15, 2010 "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) newspaper Belovezhskaya Pushcha again to be drained?

Because of land-reclamation in the late ĠĠ century, bogs began to dry up. Photo from
Because of land-reclamation in the late ĠĠ century, bogs
began to dry up. Photo from
European brewers are ready to allocate money to restoration of "lungs of Europe", whereas the Belarusian budget to finance the second land-reclamation.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is an important and famous place not only for Belarus but also for the western neighbours. They consider taking part in saving of the oldest wood of Europe as not only a big honour but also as a good PR-campaign. For this purpose German brewers do not grudge half-million Euros!

"Because of land-reclamation in the late ĠĠ century, bogs began to dry up. Many species of animals and especially birds closely connected with bogs are vanishing. Now projects for restoration of bogs are conducted all over the world as they absorb carbonic gas and reduce the global warming effect in the atmosphere", the director of the Nongovernmental Organization "Belarus Birds' Life" Victor Fenchuk has told. "A German brewing company offers to put up big money for restoration of bogs in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Many European companies now try to compensate their "carbon trace" – harm from industrial activity. But if the state program on restoration of all melioration constrictions will be signed, the chances to gain the foreign financial assistance will be close to zero."

The official authorities are sure that to restore a biodiversity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is possible by means of avoiding the restoration of primordial shapes of bogs.

"Preparation of the state program is now in progress and its purpose is to provide the optimal hydrological conditions in the National Park and the Buffer Zone around Belovezhskaya Pushcha", Vasiliy Arnolbik, head of the scientific department of the Biosphere Reserve, has told to "Komsomolskaya Pravda". "For this purpose it is necessary to repair melioration constructions. If finances will be not enough, there is an idea to use money of European funds. There are drained territories within the Reserve for which the Academy of Sciences has developed projects of water-logging.

Ksenia Novozhilova
June 11, 2010 Website "The Belarusian and European cooperation and partnership" German brewer will help to Belovezhskaya Pushcha

One of the biggest Germany brewing companies is going to use popularity of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" to get advance in selling of the own product. Doing it the German brewers will allot a certain sums from the sale of an amber drink for preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Annually in return for the use of the brand "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", the company will allocate half-million Euros which should go for preservation of the ecological balance of the relic forest. The general director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Nikolai Nambiza has told about it to the newspaper "Respublica".

It was agreed with the new partners that these means will be directed to restoration of bogs in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's area.

Because of the large-scale land-reclamation works made on these western grounds of the Brest region at the close of the last century, bogs of Belovezhskaya Pushcha got to be dried up that till now has a drastically negative effect on populations of rare animals, in particular on birds living there. So, for example, the population of a unique for Europe bird called Aquatic Warbler was reduced there from 1,200 to 500 for the last years.

The source: The Belarusian Partisan
June 08, 2010 Website "Espana Spain" Polish bison to acclimatize in Spain

In Spain the population of wild bison which were exterminated in this country in the Middle Ages will shortly be restored. A group consisted of 7 animals was delivered from Poland to Spain and they will have to live in the wild nature.

At present time about 3,000 bison are totaled in the world. The most of them live in special reserves in Poland, Belarus (Belovezhskaya Pushcha) and in Russia. Now the population of bison is actively restored in Germany, Sweden and in some countries of East Europe. In Spain about 40 these animals till recently lived in special game reserves in semi-natural conditions. The International Union on Conservation of Nature (IUCN) together with the Bialowieza National Park has begun an experiment on adaptation of the Polish bison to the conditions of the Iberia Peninsula in Spain.

The first group of bison has arrived in Spain last days off and they quite quickly got adaptation to the conditions of life in the game reserve. Biologists expect that Spain shortly will get the own population of forest bison and there are plans to settle them in reserves in the northern part of the country.

Let's remind that now Spain and France take brown bears from Slovakia and some other East-European countries and settle them in Pyrenees Mountains. Spain annually pays to the local farmers about 2 millions Euros as indemnification for damage from these animals. The total number of brown bears living now in Pyrenees makes no more than 30 animals. But the fact is there are no authentic Pyrenees bears (this is the subspecies of brown bear) in the nature any more. The last Pyrenees bear was killed by a French hunter in 2004.
June 08, 2010 Website "The Belarusian Radio Ratsia" The Bialowieza National Park to be extended in Poland

It is closer and closer to the moment of extension of the territory of the Bialowieza National Park. However, the Polish Ministry of Environment is compelled to concede during negotiations with local self-governments which agree to give only 10,000 hectares for the Park.

Meanwhile, according to the Vice-Minister of Environment Janusz Zaleski, the financial assets granted to the districts are not changed.

We conceded half of our offer and left only the initial quota on environment protection from which we started. The Minister would go with eager desire in the country and would dispense money because the Bialowieza Forest is only one, however, there are very poor districts in Biarczady, very poor west-seaside and Mazury areas. Their nature is also beautiful. Do we have also to leave 100 millions there? No. The Minister offers money for the concrete purposes. The Minister hopes to find mutual understanding with self-governments and I believe that such mutual understanding will be found very soon.

The Minister has also noted that the situation concerning the extension of the National Park expects now the consent by the head of the Podliaskoe province.

For today the territory of the Bialowieza National Park makes only one sixth of the whole Polish part of Bialowieza Forest.
June 05, 2010 Website "BELPRESS.ORG" A draft of the new governmental program on protection of the Polessie area's agricultural lands from floods to develop in Belarus

The Ministry of Agricultural Production develops a draft of the governmental program "Water-engineering measures on protection of populated areas and agricultural lands from floods in the most high-water-dangerous territories of the Polesie region between 2011 and 2015", a Belta's reporter learned from the Ministerial Department on Land-Reclamation and Water Facilities.


Besides, a draft of the governmental program on reconstruction and repair of reclamation constructions, maintenance of the hydrological regime and stream conditions on lands of the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and its Buffer Zone in 2011 and 2012" is developed. It aims at enhancing efficiency of use of natural resources' potential in this unique area and at ensuring of conservation of a biological diversity and reclaimed lands within the territory of the National Park and its Buffer Zone.

According to information from the Department on Land-Reclamation and Water Facilities of the Ministry of Agricultural Production, there were 12 big floods in Belarus within last 50 years. The area of the Polesie lowland is characterized as the most adverse combination of nature-climatic conditions regarding the danger from the floods' occurrence. So, there is a need annually to repair hydro-constrictions and dams and to maintain their working conditions in order to prevent negative consequences from floods.
(The text of the news is put in the short-cut form. The BP-21 Century editor's note.
The full text is available at the original website, in Russian.
June 03, 2010 "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper Memory about a poet is in his verses

In the first summer day the known poet Andrei Voznesenskiy has passed away in his summer residence near Moscow. He was born in Moscow on May 12, 1933. He is the author of two tens of books of poetry and prose. His life and creativity are closely connected with Belarus. He not only productively worked there but also lived some time in Belovezhskaya Pushcha when he was under strong criticism from Moscow. We sincerely grieve over him!

Andrei Voznesenskiy with Belarusian writers a few ten years ago.

June 02, 2010 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Turnpike for fishers. The lakes Bobrovichskoe and Vygonovskoe to rent by the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

Last week some hundreds of fishers of the Brest region have felt bitter disappointment: the most popular places for amateur fishing – the lakes Vygonovskoe and Bobrovichskoe that are in the Ivatsevichi district – were found inaccessible. Last Friday the editorial telephones were heated from calls of indignant townspeople who could not get to the desired reservoirs. It is easy to understand them because these two lakes were the most accessible regarding the fishing price – a one-day permit cost about 11,000 Roubles (~ $3.5) and the fishing tour was successful nearly always there. However, this time the people with fishing tackles and spoon-baits were turned back as the lakes are changing their owner and it is necessary to forget about the paid amateur fishing there until all legislative issues will be complete.

An order about handing lakes over the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has been signed by the head of state on May 20, 2010. It covers not only the Vygonovskoe and Bobrovichskoe lakes but also about a forest area of the surface of 11,000 hectares owned before by the District Forest Enterprise "Telekhany". This area is also given to the National Park as free use "for providing the forestry". These both enterprises are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Affairs of the President, so as a matter of fact there was only redistribution of the property inside one department. Besides, forest grounds located in the Ivatsevichi, Lyakhovichi and Gantsevichi districts of the Brest region are also handed over the National Park. In total the National Park was added by the area No 2 of 90.9 thousand hectares while the surface of the area No 1 that is in the Svisloch, Pruzhany and Kamenets districts covers 172.9 thousand hectares. The new area (No 2) incorporates the territories of several forest enterprises, the Forest and Game Ground "Vygonovskoe" and the water area including the lakes Bobrovichskoe and Vygonovskoe, as well as a part of the Oginskiy Cannel at the section between the Shchara River and the Vygonoshchi village. These are indeed the reservoirs where the amateurs of fishing cannot get into last week.

"Nothing illegal", head of the Brest Regional Inspection of Protection of Fauna and Flora Sergei Lish comments the situation. "The process of change of the proprietor is in progress and all legal norms should be observed. For example, the National Park has no license for providing the paid amateur fishing and any time is necessary to obtain it. Coordination of the price on the permit for amateurs of fishing also needs some time". The issues of the new price are now actively and rather emotionally discussed in forums of the fishing web-resources. The daily price of 50,000 Roubles (~ $17) is most often mentioned. Unfortunately, we couldn't to get any explanations from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" as on Tuesday, when the newspaper was made into page, a mobile telephone of the Park's general director was shut off. We hope to get more detailed information about intentions of the new proprietor of the lakes to be ready by the time of the next newspaper.

Elena Tribuleva
June 02, 2010 Website "The Belarusian Radio Ratsia" With a decorative towel and a song through life

The association "Euro-region Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in the partnership with various organizations of the region begins a project called as written in the news title. The aim of the project is to combine two traditions and two attributes of the Belarusian culture of the Podlaszsza area – songs and traditional decorative towels - into one.

According to the Euro-region Bureau's director Jan Hamczuck, the project will give possibilities for inventory. "The inventory work on decorative towels which still exist in villages of the Belsk-Padljask district will be provided as the initial phase of the project. If we will see that there are many of them and our work is well acceptable, so we will continue this work in the next Hajnowka district. We plan to create a database, first of all a virtual one, but a paper version will also be available".

The created database will be a source for renewal of the tradition of towel embroidering to serve different rituals and ceremonies.

The project's target group mainly covers young people.

Natalia Gerasimiuk