NEWS ARCHIVE: JUNE 2011

June 27, 2011 Website "BelTeleRadioCompany" Belarus and Poland have agreed on the development of the Augustow Canal and Belovezhskaya Pushcha as tourist sites

Representatives of the tourist industry of our country at the same time offer to make documents' preparation for foreign tourists at the border easier.

Report by Dmitry Smirnov: "Perhaps, the geographical position is the most important advantage of the Augustow Canal built as early as in XIX century. Combining three countries - Belarus, Poland and Lithuania, it thereby creates a unique tourist route.

(Tatiana Gabis, tourist)

And experts ask here - is it really nothing of surprising for tourists in Belarus, except for the purity and beauty of forests and lakes? Time when the option admiring nature satisfied the requirements of the guests has passed. Eat, sleep, park the car not on the lawn and find the rental bicycle and canoe near - that's the minimum required. Simultaneously with the infrastructure development, it is worth thinking about documentation issues.

(Sergei Koleda, head of the National Project "Unknown Europe")

However, following a bilateral meeting between the Polish and Belarusian experts, Service Agreement appeared which among other things noted the intention to build a border crossing Sofiyevo-Lipschany, near the canal. Taking into account of reconstruction of a road from the Polish Augustus to Grodno, such crossing point will be as a gift.

(Sergei Koleda, head of the National Project "Unknown Europe")

There is no doubt that the Augustow Canal and the new transition will be used to the maximum. We develop the active tourism for a long time as it is very popular in Europe. The example are not seeking far to . In Polish canoe alloys that use a new move, and he Augustow Canal will be the maximum, there is no doubt. Active tourism, which is so popular in Europe long ago and we are developing. Examples needn't go far. Canoe travel by Polish tourists in the summer is a common phenomenon.

(Magdalena Kedzierska, tourist (Poland): "The greatest interest is today towards the active tourism. It is especially for those tourists who prefer to travel by kayak or bicycle. I'm sure they would come here with great pleasure.")

Since Augustow Canal and Belovezhskaya Pushcha has historically share two countries, restoration of facilities and building new routes is quite possible to implement in the framework of grants of cross-border cooperation. Belarus in this program may qualify for funding of 30 million Euros. But there is a stumbling block in the form of the national endorsement. Its duration time in Poland takes a week, in Ukraine 1 month, but we may take 9 months. The implementation of the project without the national consensus has no chance begin to move forward.

(Sergei Koleda, head of the National Project "Unknown Europe")

Time to optimize the procedure for national approval is still there. Project participants from Belarus will be known only next spring. Experts suggest the officials to think and use that time to simplify the system, and through this to allow for tourism to attract foreign currency into the country and create new jobs for Belarusian specialists.

(You can see the video clip by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
June 27, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Training courses in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

On June 20-24, travelling classes of the "National Study Center on Training and Retraining of Personnel in the Field of Environmental Protection" of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection to take the course "Organization of the Environmental and Tourism Activity in Especially Protected Natural Areas" were held in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Participants of the course - managers and specialists of protected areas were offered with lectures and presentations. As part of the program, the audience was introduced to the research work carried out in the National Park. Much attention was paid to how to organize the tourism activities in protected areas. Also, some research and study tours were taken across the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".



Scientific department
June 23, 2011 Website "BelaPAN" State Border Committee of Belarus and the Russian Federal Security Service will cooperate in exchanging information about the situation on the border of the Union State

On June 23, a regular meeting of the Board of the Union State's Border Committee was held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It was attended by leaders of the frontier bodies of both countries Igor Rachkovski and Vladimir Pronichev, and by Union State Secretary Pavel Borodin and State Secretary - Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

As was reported in the press center of the Belarusian Border Committee, the participants of the meeting discussed important issues of interaction between the two countries' border services, and endorsed a draft protocol between the State Border Committee of Belarus and the Federal Security Service of Russia on cooperation in information exchange about the situation at the external border of the Union State and threats' security.

In addition, the progress of the program on construction of facilities at the Union State border in 2007-2011, issues of creation of a coordinating body of border guards - members of the Customs Union with the Commission TC and development of the program to strengthen the border security of the Union State for 2012-2016 were examined.

Vyacheslav Budkevich, BelaPAN
June 20, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Belovezhskaya Pushcha without borders

On June 10, 2011, issues of management and protection of the bison population and the management plan for forests adjacent to the Bialowieza Forest were under discussions in the Polish part of Bialowieza Forest (the village of Bialowieza) at the next joint meeting of the Scientific Council of the Bialowieza National Park and the Science and Public Board of Forestry Complex "Bialowieza Forest". Employees of the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha - deputy director general for science V. Arnolbik and senior staff scientist A. Bunevich also took part in the Scientific Council.



June 20, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" The regular meeting of the staff of the construction of the bypass road to be held

On June 9 the regular meeting of the staff of the construction of the bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha was held at the village of Dmitrovichi.

It was attended by representatives of the Department Affairs of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", project contracting and construction companies of the department "BelAvtoDor". From the National Park was accented attention to the appropriateness of the repair work on roads adjacent to the bypass, reclamation of pits used in the Buffer Zone, and coordinated decisions on the establishment and development of roadside infrastructure. It was proposed environmental observations, which will be incorporated in the construction of the road, on the structure of six passes for amphibians and two ones for wild ungulates, taking into account the recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences. Note that this is the first national experience in terms of design and construction of such transitions on the migration routes of large mammals.



June 17, 2011 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper Towers on the bank

A businessman from St. Petersburg has built a tourist complex in his native village on the Pruzhay land.

Its grand opening in the village of Kletnoe got into a big holiday for locals and visitors. In fact, to make such the magnificent gift for countrymen, the Russian businessman Nikolai Burnos took two and a half years. So he kept his word given to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a working visit to the Brest region by head of state. Now, dozens of small timbered towers, which are already home to rest, appeared in the village on the bank of a man-made lake in the local area of Dikoe.

Dentist Ilham from the United Arab Emirates arrived here in the summer with his family for the second time. Weather, nature and hospitality, he said, attract people to Belarus from distant countries. Foreigners come here to directly touch the life of the Belarusian peasants of centuries past. Four old but sturdy houses are left here for those. Nikolai Burnos provided accommodation for their owners on the other side of the village street, and small log-houses are now freed for foreigners to live. In the morning they can take a scythe, taste of fresh milk and try to make butter from a sour cream in an old vessel which yet present in each house of local residents. Guest will be offered horse riding through the forest which is a part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, fishing, game room and exercise equipment in sports.

Konstantin Sumar, chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee, said at the opening ceremony of the tourist complex that now, thanks to the son of the local land, the village of Kletnoe found life in its new capacity. The Brest region already has about 150 agro-farms serving tourists, but here, a unique multi-purpose fabulous corner has been created.

Nikolai Burnos is going further to invest in agro-tourism in the Pruzhany district, as being fully confident in the success of his plan. As the argument for such confidence, he gave the example of the United Arab Emirates. Revenues of the country in the desert for 20 percent consist of proceeds from the sale of oil, almost all the rest is earned through tourism. In Belarus, with its beautiful nature, the potential in this regard is much greater, it is only necessary to learn how to use it, the businessman says.

By Fedor Mukha
June 16, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Fancy new settlers

15/06/11 the first visitors of the zoo enclosures were surprised.

A family of ostriches appeared next to the aboriginal inhabitants of Belovezhskaya Pushcha bison, red deer and wild boar.

Background: Ostrich is the biggest bird: the ostrich has an average growth of 2.5 meters and weighs 120 kg. Most of the ostrich lives in central Africa. There are several species of birds, but all share one feature of the ostrich: they can not fly. However, the ostrich is the best runner among all two-legged animals - it can run at speeds of 70 km/h! The most amazing thing of the running ostrich is that it has just two feet fingers. One of the fingers is much more different, so the ostrich runs, in essence, relying only on a thumb. In addition to ways to escape from the enemy fled, the ostrich can be protected from him on the spot. Its powerful legs, again, can help in this as it can skillfully kick the enemy..


Interesting facts: It is believed that the ostrich buries its head in the sand when frightened.
The conventional wisdom that ostriches bury their heads in the sand to escape predators originates from the works of the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, records of which are red "Ostriches imagine that when they put their head and neck in the ground, all their body seems hidden".
In fact, sometimes you can see ostriches bowed their head to the ground and swallowing sand or gravel. Ostriches are taken hard gravel pebbles from the land which improve their digestive process.
Ostriches also just drop their head on the ground after a long chase to catch them when they have neither longer sufficient strength nor to run, nor even hold their head up.



Excursion enclosures continue to get with new animals.
June 15, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" An open plein-air in the Santa Claus Estate

On June 14, 2011, children's art plein-air was conducted at the National Park. Art action "Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Figures and Legends" was organized by the Brest City Center of Extracurricular Activities. Children winners of city and regional drawing contests, as well as students of the Model Studio "Decor" were the participants of the above mentioned center. Students visited the Museum of Nature and enclosures, and then young artists, after visiting the Estate of Santa Claus and talking with Grandfather, have engaged in creative work. Such actions are a form of patriotic and environmental education of the younger generation.




June 14, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Environmental lessons for children

On June 10, 2011, an informative eco-event entitled "The Wonderful World of Animals" was in the Kamenyuki secondary ecological school, on the basis of the health camp "Rainbow". The research department of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was directly involved in organizing and conducting this kind of "ecological lesson". The main purpose of the event was to instill in children respect for the wildlife, familiarity with the environment and its inhabitants. Children solved puzzles and riddles, and plaid educational and mobile environmental games. The game of "Find Me" which enjoyed not only students but also teachers was of particular interest.

By E. Demenchuk, junior researcher of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"



June 13, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Forest Fairy

In June, a new magical hero - Forest Fairy - has appeared in the Belarusian Father Frost's Estate. She as a home helper of Santa Claus will delight children and adults to the very cold weather, before the arrival of Snow Maiden and Mother of Winter. She will meet guests at the Christmas tree, with contests and games. The Belarusian Grandfather Frost's Estate was opened seven and a half years ago, and during this time almost 650 thousand tourists from more than 90 countries visited it. Santa Claus is waiting for guests not only in the winter. The gates of his Estate are open to the public all year round. Welcome to the fabulous Estate of Santa Claus!



June 10, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A World Heritage Site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" to be at the centre of attention

On June 7, a workshop on the expansion of the cross-border World Heritage Site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" which was attended by representatives of the Polish and Belarusian parties was held in the administration of the Bialowieza National Park (Poland). The object description, the list of regulatory documents and other procedural matters for the preparation of documentation for the nomination dossier were under discussions. Particular attention was paid to the analysis of the current state of cross-border tourism and its further development in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

June 08, 2011 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Brest land in broadcast "Bad Egg Notes"

Residents of the Brest region will get possible to see their land on the TV screen from the new and, it is not excluded, unexpected angle. That's the way as Dmitry Krylov, a charming host of broadcast "Bad Egg Notes" (First Russian TV channel), knows how to do it. Author and longtime host of the program came to us with his crew for three days to prepare a special issue about the Brest land.

Part of this issue will be devoted to the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War and the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress. That is surprising in itself because the author of "Bad Egg Notes", talking about different countries, slightly adhered to the ironic style up to now. Director of the Memorial Complex "Brest Fortress" Valery Gubarenko confirmed "Krylov with his cameraman spent a few hours in the Fortress but not told what was filmed and how was built a scenario. The guest was not candid with the staff of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" either, where his team also filmed during one day. The Santa Claus estate, the Museum of Nature and Pushcha's beauty - all of these should be seen by the audience of the First Channel in one of the regular TV broadcast. Dmitry Krylov did not report the exact date, however, judging by the stated subject (the 70th anniversary of the war), the TV broadcast about the Brest land can be expected approximately on 19 June.

By Elena Tribuleva
June 06, 2011 Website "Naviny.by" Environmentalists to protest against plans of peat extraction in protected areas

Participants of the Forum of environmental organizations, which took place June 3-5 in the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, are protesting against plans to peat extraction in especially protected natural areas.

As spokesman of the Environmental Association "Green Network" Anna Sokolovskaya informed to BelaPAN, this will be reflected in a formal resolution of the Forum which is currently being finalized.

According to participants, the solution of energy problems of the country should not be performed by the destruction of important wetland ecosystems in national parks of Belarus like "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Pripyatsky" and Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, in the Protected Sanctuary "Sporovsky" etc.

Environmentally friendly ways of obtaining energy from renewable sources such as wood and plant biomass, as well as wind, solar and water should be the priority. To save the peat industry needs to organize support for existing enterprises through the land of marginal production or abandoned peat lands, ineffectively used in agriculture, according to environmentalists. Production plants should be gradually re-oriented on a large range of new high-tech materials and products through the deep processing of peat.

Sokolovskaya said that the Forum participants also intend to urge the President and the government to abandon the nuclear power plant's plans in Belarus.

In addition, environmentalists advocate the further expansion of international cooperation in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. They consider it necessary to increase the area of especially protected natural areas to 10% of the country. In their view, a project of the environmental network should be developed in Belarus and it should be integrated into the European ecological network.

Environmental organizations also advocate a moratorium on the spring hunt for wetland birds - today it is observed a decline of almost all species of ducks in the country.
June 06, 2011 Website "Forum of Environmental NGOs in Belarus in 2011" Forum 2011 has chosen its heroes, and not just their

Organizing Committee presented the 2011 Awards to environmental activists. Anti-Diploma for anti-ecological project of the year was also given. Anti-Diploma will be sent to the owner by mail.

Diplomas of the Forum went to:
  • Igor Kutolovsky, a member of the NGO "Ecohome" and Association "Green Network", Diploma "For the long struggle against spring burning";
  • Igor Pastukhov, environmentalist and extreme traveler, Diploma "For the campaign to take back the helicopter from the lake Rudakovo";
  • Tatiana Novikova, Association "Green Network", Diploma "For holding the first public environmental impact assessment";
  • Elena Vakhromeyeva, Belarusian Radio, Diploma "For long-term broadcasting of environmental events";
  • Elena Butkovskaya, Diploma "For the campaign to protect human health and the healthy environment among residents of township Druzhny, Pukhovichi district";
  • Grodno Regional, Polessie Regional and Brest Regional branches of Belarus Birds' Life Organization, Diploma "For the project "Kestrel-Online";
  • Heorhi Kazulka, Diploma "For the long-term campaign to protect Belovezhskaya Pushcha".
Anti-Diploma for the development and active lobbying of the large-scale program to drain the Belarusian swamps" was awarded to Academician Ivan Lishtvan. According to the Forum, the program leads to the destruction of protected natural areas including of those of international importance.

The program is currently under consideration by the Government of Belarus. The program targets a further large-scale drainage of natural wetlands to increase the peat production. The purpose of the production is to ensure raw materials for existing peat enterprises and to provide energy (briquettes) for cement plants. Large peat deposits are preserved today only within specially protected natural areas. Therefore, these areas with high national and international conservation status - national parks, national and local nature protection sanctuaries and Ramsar sites are now under the threat of withdrawal of lands or abolition.

Forum also adopted an appeal to the wide range of governmental bodies and expressed a strong protest against new plans for the destruction of the last largest wetland ecosystems of Belarus. Implementation of these plans will have serious negative environmental impacts and, at the same time, will not bring a stable solution for the energy problem of the country.

Forum of environmental organizations was between 3 and 5 June of 2011 in the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. This year over 120 representatives from Belarus and abroad took part in the discussion on topical issues of ecology and environmental protection. Representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, UNDP and GEF, directors and staff of the Belarusian environmental organizations and independent experts were among the participants.

Forum adopted a resolution on conservation of biological diversity, appeals to the governments of other countries on safety of toys, a declaration on chemical safety, a call to phase out the nuclear power plant in Belarus, and recommendations for implementation of the Convention on Protection and Use of Trans-boundary Watercourses and International Lakes in the Republic of Belarus.
June 06, 2011 Website "BelTeleRadioCompany" The film "The Fate of Bison"

History of bison is interesting, dramatic and instructive. Today the population of the oldest inhabitant of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has more than 300 animals. In 1919, the last European bison was killed. The International Society for Bison Salvation brought together many countries. And after ten years forest giants from zoo got back to a special nursery in the Bialowieza Forest.

The documentary film by Igor Byshnev "The Fate of Bison" used newsreel footage of 1946 on transportation of bison from Poland into Belarus and released snippets of hunting by General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR in the oldest forest of Europe.
June 06, 2011 Website "BelTA" An international seminar energy-efficient technologies to be in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The international training workshop "Energy-efficient construction and renewable energy sources" starts today in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" (Kamenets district, Brest region) as BelTA learned from the Main Department on Ideology at the Brest Regional Executive Committee.

Workshop participants will discuss current trends and advances in energy efficiency: the use of renewable energy sources - solar, biogas, bio-fuels, wind and mini-CHP. In addition, issues of energy conservation, energy efficiency, including energy consumption in households, modern methods of insulating protection of buildings and heating will be considered. Presentations will be made by specialists from Germany and Belarus. The seminar is held for managers of small and medium-sized businesses.

The seminar was organized by the Enterprise "Brest Branch of Belarusian Chamber of Commerce" as part of the draft program of international technical assistance from QUICK Hanseatic Parliament.

Olga Kobyak
June 03, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Press conference with forestry experts

On June 1, 2011, a press conference with experts from Federal Forest Land in Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania of Germany was held in the auditorium of the Ecological Educational Center of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".


Director General Alexander Bury has given a presentation about the natural and territorial complex of the area, the governance structure and the main activities of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

Visitors of Belovezhskaya Pushcha were interested in aspects of the forest policy in the Republic of Belarus, forest management, country's forest market, wood processing, hunting management, and issues of optimization of the structure of the nature protected areas and sustainable use of forest resources.

The administrative and tourist infrastructure of Belovezhskaya Pushcha renewed to the date of the 600th anniversary of the establishing of the reserved status got a considerable interest in the guests.


Specialists of the administrative departments of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" - (from left to right) V. Arnolbik (Deputy Director for Science), V. Kuzub (Hunter Head), N. Mankevich (Director of the Forest and Game Ground "Shereshevskoe"), N. Voitekhovsky (Guard Head), V. Datskevich (Head of Department of Forest Protection and Forestry) - answered many questions of the guests.