NEWS ARCHIVE: JUNE 2012

June 30, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Bialowieza bison conquer new regions

5 bison (1 male and 4 females) were delivered to the ZooGrinPark "Karelia" in the second half of June 2012.

Animals being under the supervision of the Park's Veterinary Service are adapting to the conditions and climate of Karelia.

June 29, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" New rules to conduct

In accordance with the plan of actions by the Svisloch Executive Committee, a meeting of residents of the villages Dobrovolya, Tihovolya and Novy Dvor was held on June 21, 2012.

Representatives of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and the District Inspectorate of Natural Resources conducted advocacy with respect to the nature protection and use regime of the Park in connection with the Presidential Decree No 59 of 09 February 2012, the new functional zoning and adoption of appropriate Regulations.

Topical issues related to the rules for the local residents being in the Park, especially with regard to the order and places of amateur collecting mushrooms and berries have been discussed. Information outreach through the media, Park's forestry and village councils is an important aspect for the National Park, consistent with the recommendations of its management plan to reduce conflicts if arising through violation of the environmental legislation.
June 20, 2012 Website "UDF.BY" Ostriches are found in Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Photo fact

African birds are living in the aviary of the Reserve for almost a year.

The need to make a place for ostriches appeared several years ago. A long-legged bird's nest was found in the Park's conservation area by a local resident. It is unknown about how ostriches appeared at large in Kamenetz district, but perhaps they escaped from a private farm.
According to the workers of the enclosure, winter is the only difficulty for ostriches. To avoid their freezing, they are hidden in a special "house". All other things are okay for the new dwellers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as the "ERB" reports.

June 19, 2012 "Narodnaya Gazeta" Alexander Bury: Belovezhskaya Pushcha is pleased to guests

Federal Chamber:

Alexander BURY, Director General of the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" at the Department of Affairs of the President of the Republic of Belarus:

"Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the most important protected natural area in Belarus. It has a highest nature conservation title of UNESCO and a Diploma of the Council of Europe. The fact that the twenty-ninth session of the regular seminar for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia held here is very symbolic.

Establishment of the National Park followed specific tasks. First of all, protection of natural heritage, scientific research, recreation and tourism activities, environmental education and maintaining a comprehensive management based on ecological-friendly economy. All these tasks are implemented in accordance with the zoning scheme of the Park.

Today the Belovezhskaya Pushcha continues to evolve actively.

We develop a marketing concept of cross-border tourism. We strengthen the cooperation with Russian tour operators in developing and promoting the unique tourism product, eco- and agro-tourism. In addition, we together with our Russian colleagues are developing the concept and are implementing projects to create new Belarusian and Russian populations of Bialowieza bison. This will allow a little "unload" Belovezhskaya Pushcha and at the same time increase the population of the continent's largest mammal on the territories of the former Soviet Union.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a unique tourist attraction, which annually services thousands of visitors from around the world. However, the potential of the National Park is much more. While only a trickle of tourists from Western Europe "flows" to Pushcha but must be full-flowing stream. It needs to simplify the visa regime. Our employees also need to visit similar facilities in the West as much as possible, to adopt a positive experience and to introduce it to the Park.

As being in the frame of the Union State, I propose to create a coordinating center for joint problem-solving activities on especially protected natural territories of our countries, as well as to establish a certificate for the outstanding contribution to preserving the unique protected natural areas, getting involved other CIS countries in this idea.
June 19, 2012 Website "OPEN.BY" Holiday Midsummer returns in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

It was decided to revive the holiday Kupala in the National Park. Villagers Kamenyuki still remember how it was celebrated 10 years ago, then the action took place at Forest River, near the road bridge to the main entrance to the Reserve. Now, given the high interest by tourists to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, it was decided to move the festival to the estate of Santa Claus.

Pageant with all folk rites relying on this day will be held at a small pond at the desires' mill. Organizers promise a holiday wreaths on the water, dances and games.

As for the fire when boys and girls jumped once through in in the Midsummer Night, the issue is solved yet - after all, this is the Reserve while the "official" fire in the meadow of 12 months is too big for safe jumping. Shopping mall will likely be open that guests can quench an appetite in the fresh air.

Midsummer Festival is scheduled for July 6. The Park's buses take guests who pre-purchased tickets to the estate of Santa Claus and depart from the main entrance at 17:30.

It is assumed that the festivities will last until 22:00 or 23:00, so the guests who did not had time to book a place in local hotels need to worry about their returning home as public transport from Kamenyuki is not available at this time.

Evening Brest
June 15, 2012 Website "The President of the Republic of Bashkortostan" Rustem Khamitov visited the agricultural enterprise "Chernavchitsy" and the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

On June 15, President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov visited the agricultural production cooperative "Chernavchitsy" during his working trip to Belarus He visited a dairy farm, where he familiarized himself with the technology of milk procurement and learned the economic component of production. Farmers spoke about their experience restoring old abandoned farm, built 30-40 years ago.

Then Rustem Khamitov acquainted with the work and experience of the tourism industry on the example of the National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha".
June 15, 2012 Website "Interfax" Zone "without man" in Belovezhskaya Pushcha doubled, but tourists can enter

The strictly protected area where life evolves according to the laws of nature, without human intervention, doubled in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The Park's administration asks visitors to pay special attention to this, since it is not only forbidden to engage in any economic activity in this area but even to be in the woods without special permission.

Despite the strict prohibition of finding a person in the strictly conservation zone of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, hikers will sometimes let go. The rules define some exceptions.

"Being in the strictly conservation area is allowed to provide fire prevention and scientific activities. There are special areas where tourists can be, but only with a guide of the National Park and only as an organized group of no more than 20 people", Deputy Director for Science of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Vasily Arnoldik told to the www.interfax.by.

There was talk that, due to the increased strictly protected area, the estate of Santa Claus has to be transferred at any other place. But this problem is now out because cultural and entertainment facilities were not included in the strictly protected zone.

Recall that the Park's area is divided into several functional zones: Regulated Nature Zone, Economic Activity Zone, Regulated Recreational Use Area, Buffer Zone and Wilderness Protection Zone, which has recently took a huge area - more than 50 thousand hectares (it was earlier about 30,000). It is understood that even the Park staff cannot do any actions in the strictly protected area (Wilderness Protection Zone), including animal feed.

The idea to increase the strictly protected area has long been "in the air" (at the suggestion of scientists). As a result, the Decree of the President of Belarus No 59 of February 09, 2012 "On some issues of especially protected areas" has changed the boundaries of functional zones of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Recently, the changes have taken effect. By the way, this Decree has also adjusted functional zones of other national parks of Belarus.


By Olga Artishevskaya
Photos from npbp.brest.by
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June 15, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Cooperation in the study of wetlands

Young professionals who are engaged in studying the Belarusian marshes are working in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the frame of the project "Restoration of peatlands in Belarus and application of the concept of sustainable management - reducing the impact on the climate effect for the economy and biodiversity". In particular, Annette Thiele from Germany is an international expert, directed from the Center for International Migration (Germany) to verify and refine the model for estimating emissions of greenhouse gases. Studies are conducted on reclaimed and restored peatlands. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety of Germany. Michael Zukkova Foundation, University of Greifswald (Germany), National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, UNDP, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (UK) and various environmental agencies of Belarus are partners of the project.

Some peat bogs in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha are included in the system of long-term monitoring of groundwater level fluctuations and changes in vegetation cover. These are swamps Zubritsa, Dikiy Nikor, Dikoe and floodplain swamp near the village of Kolonnoe.

Ongoing investigations are part of the study of relationships between fluctuations in groundwater levels and changes in species composition of plants, as these figures are the main factors influencing the emissions of greenhouse gases. Direct measurements of fluxes of greenhouse gases are very time consuming and expensive. Therefore, a system of evaluation based on changes in plant communities depending on the level of groundwater, which in turn is a key indicator of greenhouse gas fluxes, is developed. To develop the model, devices that automatically measure the fluctuations in groundwater levels were installed at 19 marshes across Belarus. In addition, studies of the peat layer and vegetation cover are carried out at these spots.

Marshes of Belovezhskaya Pushcha are an important object of study as they are the most southwesterly point in the system for monitoring and, in addition, include both natural and disturbed fens, which is important for comparative analysis. The results can be useful not only for estimating greenhouse gas emissions, but also for the restoration of degraded peatlands.
June 14, 2012 Website "BelTA" Parliamentarians of the Allied State to discuss biodiversity conservation on protected areas and ecotourism development

Current situation of especially protected natural territories of Belarus and Russia, the topical task of preserving their biodiversity and development of ecotourism were discussed in Brest by members of a two-day meeting of the Permanent Seminar at Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of Belarus-Russia, as BelTA learned.

In an interview with reporters, Chairman of Permanent Seminar for Nature, Environment and Emergency Situations and the deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Adashkevich stressed the importance of protected areas for each country. "These wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves For Belarus are a light of the country. We must do everything possible to preserve them for posterity," the Parliamentarian said.

Mr Adashkevich called the fight against poaching, civilized forest management and development of rural tourism in protected areas and adjacent lands among the issues that require attention.

On June 15, the Seminar will continue its work in Kamenetz district, Brest region. The participants will visit the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Belarusian colleagues will share their experiences in preserving and maintaining the natural state of unique natural complexes and objects.

By Olga Kobyak
June 08, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" An environmental trail to be renewed

With the advent of summer season, hiking and biking trails laid in the National Park are more and more popular among the guests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They are equipped with signs and information boards. There are rest areas equipped.

In order to please visitors and diversify their vacation, the route "Sacred Oak Forest" has recently been updated. Visitors will now be pleased to walk or ride a bike on this route and to admire the ancient oak wood, the Pushcha's nature, and, with luck, the wild animals hurrying to drink. , A "collar" pine tree with a protruding bark in whorls, a three-trunk oak tree, huge pine trees with a copper-red bark and durmast oak trees (Quercus petraea) which in Belarus form natural forest stands only in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, will surprise travelers.
For any questions, please call 8 (01631) 56602 from Belarus

A stone with an imprint brought by glaciers from Scandinavia is one of the "highlights" of the route. Presumably, it was a pagan altar by Yatvingians formerly inhabited the forest. Two imprints "track"-like barefoot and booted feet left on the rock by God's Mother, according to legend, gave birth to many legends of the people.

Relax and see all of these and other attractions, you can visit the "Sacred Oak Forest".

June 08, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Boundaries of zones to be changed

On May 28, 2012, the Presidential Decree No 59 of February 09, 2012 "On some issues of protected areas" has entered into force.

In this connection, the boundaries of functional zones of the National Park are changed.

When moving through the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, visitors need to pay special attention to the boundary of the Wilderness Protection Zone, as stay and any economic activities are prohibited within it.

Signs of the boundaries of the strictly protected areas are established in the routes approved for movement.

For any questions, please call from Belarus 8 (01631) 56602

June 08, 2012 Website "ABW.BY" Minister of Transport called the road to bypass Belovezhskaya Pushcha as model

On June 6, Minister of Transport and Communications of Belarus Ivan Scherbo visited the Brest region. He got acquainted with the operation of the road R98 going from the state border with Poland (Peschatka) to Kamenets town, to Shereshevo town and to Svisloch town and with the development of roadside service on it.

Recall that the R98 was built around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and put into operation last year.

Summing up the inspection of the road and roadside service, the Minister noted that the structural units of the Ministry of Transport have coped with its task successfully. There are warm toilets on two sites here and bio-toilets on the other. The rest areas are equipped with sheds, gazebos and small architectural forms. Operational services maintain the highway in perfect condition. Since July 1, a regular bus trip Brest-Kamenets–Svisloch is open. Its route will take place exclusively on the new road. Further development of roadside services on the bypass around Belovezhskaya Pushcha is largely dependent on the position of local authorities and investors, as Ivan Scherbo said.
June 08, 2012 Website "46TV" Eight bison from the Bialowieza Forest (Poland) to deliver to the Danish island Bronholm

Eight bison were delivered from the Bialowieza Forest to the Danish island of Bronholm a few days ago to enrich the diversity of fauna and to improve conservation of rare animal species disappeared from the wild in Europe in the XX century. This is made possible by a grant from Denmark of $ 4 million Danish kroner.

Nature protection is one of the main priorities for the Danes. For example, a very severe economic conditions has been created for motorists in the country. But fans of two-wheeler transport feel expansive here as Denmark is considered one of the most "cycling" of European countries. In Copenhagen, according to statistics, about 20% of the population use the bike every day on ride to job place, and this is the highest in the world.

Source Utro.ru
June 07, 2012 Website "BelTA" A new ecological route of Belovezhskaya Pushcha invites tourists to "World of Wildlife"

A new ecological route of Belovezhskaya Pushcha invites tourists to "World of Wildlife" as BelTA learned from the State Department of Tourism at the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The route of "World of Wildlife" allows guests of the Reserve to see wildlife in their natural habitat. The tour departs in the morning and evening hours when the animals come from the forest thickets to feed in open space.

This is the car tour. Journey to Belovezhskaya Pushcha is served with the National Park's transport. Its duration is 4 hours. Tour participants are recommended to have protective clothing (camouflage) and travel shoes.

9 more tourist routes allowing tourists to penetrate the secrets of the protected forest and to get acquainted with its history, flora and fauna are functioning in the National Park. These include the automobile ones - a sightseeing tour through the National Park, a visit to the estate of Santa Claus, two foot routes and five cycle routes, the longest of which is 27 km.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the oldest nature reserves in the world. The first written mention of forests located in the area of modern Belovezhskaya Pushcha are referred to the Hypatian annals of the year 983. Since 1409, Belovezhskaya Pushcha became known in the Polish and Lithuanian charters as Bialowieza. Belovezhskaya Pushcha gets protected in December 1409. In 1992, UNESCO inscribed Belovezhskaya Pushcha on a List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. In 1993, it obtained the status of Biosphere Reserve and in 1998 - the status of Key Ornithological Territory of International Importance. The length of the National Park from north to south is over 60 km and from west to east from 10 km to 50 km. It covers an area of 163,505 hectares, of which about 20% are strictly protected with no any human activity as prohibited.

By Olga Kobyak
June 07, 2012 Website "TUT.BY" Orphaned small roe deer are fed by workers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Two yearlings European roe deer were delivered to the National Park in early June. The kids without a mother were found by shepherds.

Inspectorate of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Malorita district area handed over roe deer to the National Park, as reported at the website of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

"Brother and sister" are now fed with goat milk by workers of the zoo enclosures. They are well adapted to new conditions and are used to "foster parents". Once the kids grow up, they will be put in the zoo enclosures of the National Park.


June 04, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A new eco-tour

A new eco-tour "World of Wildlife" is developed in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" to improve the tourism service and to expand other services in the Park.

During the trip, visitors to the National Park will be able to see wildlife and animals in their natural habitat, and to admire the flora of the forest. The tour departs in the morning and evening when the animals come from the forest thickets to feed on open space. Wildlife lovers will be able not only to see them, but to photograph as well.