NEWS ARCHIVE: JULY 2008

July 31, 2008 "Respublika" (The Republik) newspaper, No 140 Who was the first?

Belovezhskaya Pushcha opens the mysteries to the scientists including about its inhabitants.

The reserved area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha which will celebrate the 600th anniversary next year preserves here no only unique flora and fauna but also interesting witnesses of the ancient history deep in the ground. Twenty two students of the historical faculty of the Brest State University under supervision of the scientists are in search of these witnesses.

This summer as well as the previous one during the archaeological summer practice they became the participants of the excavations which attracted a great attention of the scientific world. The project was designed in the Institute of the Academy of Sciences on the ground of their results to preserve archaeological legacy of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The works have been implementing during two years. According to Vadim Lakiza, the current chief of the archaeological researches and the head of department of the Academy of Sciences, there are some tens of sites of ancient people in Pushcha and in the surroundings. A lot of archaeological information is found. After systematisation and modification many findings are added to exhibits of the new administrative and ecological centre which will be built in the National Park very soon.

A separate hall with archeological exhibits will be here as well. The archaeological sites are going to be an open-air museum through which tourist routes will go. Certainly we will not only show the rest of the settlements but also tell about them. There is evidence that people lived on this territory three thousand years B.C. This finding became a sensation. The scientists could receive additional knowledge about Neman neolith culture of tribes which lived along the rivers of Neman, Narev, Yaselda, Lesnaya. It happened last year.

Now together with the students, the scientists are searching the footsteps of the Indo-European tribes which lived here 3 thousand years B.C. along with Pushcha ancient people in the area near the Kamenyuki village on the bank of the Lesnaya river.

If the hopes of the scientists approve we will come to conclusion that one of the great movement of people is connected with Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest.

Together with Vadim Lakuza, his colleague from Minsk, Professor of history Elena Kalechits as well as Professor of history George Korzenko, teacher of Brest University and Philosophy Doctor Igor Shevchuk are working to find out the clue which was the reason why ancient tribes came to this place and bred here cattle and exploited the soil.

Archaeological practice is also very interesting to the students. Like the adult scientists they are waiting for some more findings of old people. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is preserving answers to some questions but it will probably open them to its jubilee, as many scientists consider.

Fedor MUKHA
On the photo: The students of the Brest University carry out researches.
July 31, 2008 Website "The Second National Channel (ONT)" "A primeval forest" will be offered for travellers to see

Tour-operators have begun development of new excursions across the Belarusian reserves.

One will be offered to walk or to bicycle in those places where entering the people was earlier limited. The similar practice is already applied in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, on which territory one could only move by a special transport till recently. Virgin Belarusian nature is the subject for which tourists come to our country. First of all, new eco-tours will pass across unique woodlands of the Berezinski Biosphere Reserve, Nalibokskaya Pushcha, national parks Narochanskiy and Pripyatskiy.
July 31, 2008 Website "BELTA" Belinturist developing new tourist routes in Belarusian reserves

Belinturist is developing new kinds of excursions in the Belarusian reserves, BelTA learnt from director of the Belinturist Company of the Presidential Property Management Directorate Maria Filipovich.

She said that the tourists will be offered "to see the forest" – they will be able to walk or bike across the Belarusian reserves, though some time ago they could travel across them only using special transport. Belarus managed to preserve the unique environment of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. That special atmosphere could be ruined by infrastructure like it happened in the Polish part of the Pushcha where uniqueness of the reserve was lost, Maria Filipovich noted.

She added that 2009 is expected to be quite prospective for Belinturist. The agency plans to hold exhibitions in Poland and Great Britain in order to promote tourist opportunities of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Belinturist also intends to increase its share on the tourist market of the country through expanding its distribution network.
July 30, 2008 Website "Photobelta.by" On-line photo-information: Archeological excavations are in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

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July 29, 2008 Newspaper "Republic", ¹ 138 A passport to each bison

Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A big amount of bison in the most ancient forest of Europe make us to move them to other woodlands of the country. They feel at home in new habitats that is a part of the plan of measures to protect bison in Belarus for 2009 to 2013. The plan defines preservation of the genetic potential of these animals to a maximum extent. For this purposes bison families should competently be created. To do it the Ministry of the Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the country plans not only to take the animals to a special register but also to give passports them. It will make possible to select most strong and healthy animals for breeding and at the same time to eliminated ill and weak ones.

Fedor Mukha
July 28, 2008 Website "Belarusian Partisan" Forbidden to pick mushrooms in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

In Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest products can now be picked only in the definitely selected quarters. The management of the National Park has issued an order "On the permitted places of picking berries and mushrooms for the local population". According to it, only 5 % of the overall territory of the reserve can be used to be engaged in "silent hunting".

However, this is quite a lot as 8.803 hectares of the forests of the Economic Activity Zone and the Regulated Recreational Use Zone, as well as of the Regulated Nature Use Zone are covered with "the quarters of admission". Let's remind that conflicts between the locals and the Reserve's protection guard, as the last caught them when they were picking mushrooms in the "non-authorized" places, happened last years from time to time. Now the guard will be armed with the official document and rather solid penalties can be applied to the infringers. The vicinities of nearly all villages of the Pushcha have got in the "permitted" places. They are Bobinka, Omelianets, Selishche, Dvortsy, Leski and others. The forest along both sides of the motorway from the village of Dmitrovichi to the village of Kamenyuki on which mushroomers from towns are often left their cars also remains to be accessible. The problem is only that mushrooms are appearing this summer in no way…

The newspaper "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest)
July 28, 2008 Website "BelTA" The Braslav Lakes National included into Pan-European Ecological Network

The National Park Braslav Lakes has been included into the Pan-European Network and declared as one of the core botanic area of Europe.

The Pan-European Ecological Network (PEEN) aims to ensure that a full range of ecosystems, habitats, species and landscapes of European importance is conserved, BelTA learnt from Oleg Maslovsky, a scientist of the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences. There are 10 natural monuments in Belarus that have been included in the network. among them are the National Park Narochansky, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the National Park Pripyatsky, Nalibokskaya Pushcha and now Braslav Lakes.

"Awarding the national park the status of the core botanic area of Europe will enhance the efficiency of the measures to protect rare flora species. We will be able to attract additional financial resources from the national budget and also from environmental funds of the European countries," Oleg Maslovsky said. "We are going to launch new research of the rare and endangered species sites, develop a set of measures to preserve them given the ever increasing recreational load," he said. A new management plan of the National Park Braslav Lakes is currently being devised by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The document will be compiled in line with the latest European standards.

The National Park Braslav Lakes is located in the north-west of Belarus. Its total area is 69,100 hectares. The park includes more than 60 lakes, the largest being Drivyaty, Snudy, Strusto, Voiso, Nedrovo, Nespish. The flora of the national park features around 500 species of plants, 32 of them are in the Red Book of Endangered Species of Belarus.
July 26, 2008 Website "Belarusian Radio "Ratsia"" On July 25, the 6th Artistic Integrations "Peratocha" have been started in Bialowieza (Poland) (photo)

The 6th Artistic Integrations "Peratocha" which is organised by the Foundation of Church Music from the town of Hajnowka have been started in the village of Bialowieza.

The action is targeted to present multicultural character of the area of the Biealowieza Forest (Belovezhskaya Pushcha).

The major initiator of this action Mikola Buszko has said to our Radio that this will allow to explain and to demonstrate the cultural mosaic of the area.

- We want to show through this action from what source we have such interesting surnames, traditions and faces. This is resulted from "the pot of nations" which lived here for different reasons.

Artistic Integrations "Peratocha" will be held during 2 days. Representatives of Jewish, Gipsy, Tatar, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian and many other cultures which populate or earlier populated this area will participate in this event.




Natallia Gerasimiuk, Radio "Ratsia", the city of Bialostok
July 24, 2008 Website "TUT.BY" Belovezhskaya Pushcha is preparing to celebrate the 600th anniversary

Next year Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the oldest national park of Belarus, will celebrate the 600th anniversary. Preparation works for celebrating are going according to the plan of measures authorized by the Council of Ministers of Belarus. Over 60 billions Belarusian Roubles (about 35 millions US $) is planned to spend for this.

First of all, infrastructure and tourist objects will be under changing. So, a new administrative and ecological centre with a museum of nature will appear in the near future. We were told by experts of the "Main Management Department on Capital Construction" of the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus that the development of the project is nearly completed and construction works will begin in September. Besides, the old museum will be reconstructed to be a restaurant. The hotel will also be rebuilt and the territory of the Grandfather Frost's manor will be improved in erecting a number of new objects. Four new ecological routes will be developed and be arranged for tourists, as well as a new watching tower will be erected and the zoo-enclosures will be repaired.

Roads which go to the National Park will also be maintained. Mikhail Nepochelovich, general director of the Department "Brest-Auto-Roads", has informed that overhaul of the car road R-83 "Brest-Kamenetz-National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" is nearly completed. In September reconstruction of the bridge through the river of Lesnaya (Forest River) will begin.

Within the framework of the 600th anniversary's celebrating, a series of international conferences with participation of representatives of the UNESCO will be held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, an educational film will be shot, colourful albums and booklets will be issued and a memorable coin will be minted.
July 22, 2008 Website "TUT.BY" The Ministry of Nature Protection has got down to bison

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus develops a Plan of measures on protection and rational use of bison. The document is designed for 2009 to 2013.

Marina Grishchenko, leading expert of the Department of Wilderness Protection of the Ministry, has informed to the BelaPAN that the purpose of the Plan is to preserve bison in the country as a biological species with "the possibly-biggest genetic diversity". So, this kind is now in a Red Data Book of Belarus and a Red List of the International Union of Conservation of Nature Protection (IUCN). According to the inventory, there were 730 bison in Belarus in earlier 2007. The animals lived in seven grounds of the country.

According to Grishchenko, the document provides labelling and passport-keeping system for wild animals. This work is already in progress. In the long trend the passport with indication of its genetic characteristics will be made for every animal. This innovation, the expert has noted, will allow "more competently to select bison for reproduction". Weak and ill animals will be, as before, drafted out. There is subsequently an opportunity of getting the sanction selectively to shoot them. Today two or three animals are drafted out in each of the seven grounds of Belarus.

The plan also provides determination of the optimum number of bison in each of the grounds where they live and also "an exchange of the stud-bull-bison for the purpose of improvement of the health state of the population", Grishchenko has informed.

She has noted that today in Belarus the problem of overabundance of these animals is topical only for Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Its solving is going through resettlement of bison to other grounds of the country. According to the expert, the exchange of animals or even their sale to other countries is possible in the future. Today it is forbidden by legislation.

Biotechnical and veterinary measures on keeping the Belarusian bison population are also a part of the Plan. These includes feeding-rack facilities, veterinary examination, purchase of mineral, vitamin and immunity-stimulating medications.

M. Grishchenko has told that according to recommendations of the working group of experts on European and American bison of the IUCN the number of bison in the country should be no less than 500 animals which are able for reproduction, with the total number of the population of approximately 1,000 animals. "Probably, realization of the measures in the frame of the Plan will allow Belarus to reach the number of bison up to one thousand", the expert has noted. At the same time the basic result of the realization of the document should be target to the health improvement of the population of these animals.

Anastasia Yanushevskaya, BelaPAN
July 11, 2008 Website "BelTA" Belarus, Poland to intensify trans-border cooperation

A Belarusian-Polish intergovernmental commission for trans-border cooperation finished its work in Brest. The working group from the Belarusian side was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Yevdochenko and by Deputy Interior Minister Piotr Stakhanchik from the Polish side.

Andrei Yevdochenko underlined the importance of the event. According to him, taking into account a considerable breakthrough in the work of the commission, this session would help give a new impetus to the development of the trans-border cooperation between Belarus and Poland, consider development plans for trans-border territories, border infrastructure, analyze the opportunities of the further perfection of the Belarus-Poland border functioning.

The two sides exchanged information about the growing bilateral trade and the activity of the border checkpoints. The Belarusian side informed the commission on the modernization plan of the checkpoints Peschatka-Polowcy and Domaczewo-Slovatichi.

Special attention was turned to the revitalization of contacts in the area of sports and tourism, i.e. infrastructure creation at the Augustow Canal, organization of joint events in 2008-2009 to mark the 600th anniversary of the reserve Belovezhskaya Puscha. The parties expressed intention to initiate the negotiations on the draft agreement between the State Customs Committee of Belarus and the Finance Ministry of the Republic of Poland on improving cooperation and mutual assistance in customs sector.

The meeting ended with signing a protocol on intensification of mutual relations.
July 10, 2008 Website "Belteleradiocompany" More foreign tourists come to the Belarusian capital.

Yulia Nozhenko: At the moment tour operators offer dozens of interesting excursions about Minsk.

(Marya Filippovich, director of Belinturist)
Foreign guests can see sport facilities of the Belarusian capital, its architectural masterpieces. Unfortunately many foreign tourists are not aware that they can offer an excursion about Minsk.

(Marya Filippovich, director of Belinturist)
The tours to Khatyn, Zaslavl, Nesvizh and Mir are bought long beforehand. The foreign tourists are also interested in the historical and cultural complex "Stalin's Line" and Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest.
July 09, 2008 Website "BelTA" Brest to host session of Belarusian-Polish Commission for Trans-Border Cooperation

The 7th session of the of the Belarusian-Polish Commission for Trans-Border Cooperation will consider the development of infrastructure of border checkpoints. The session will be held in Brest on July 10-11.

As BelTA learnt in the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, the Belarusian part of the commission will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Evdochenko, the Polish part – by Deputy Interior Minister Piotr Stachanczyk. The Belarusian delegation will include representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, the State Customs Committee, the State Border Committee, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Architecture and Construction, the Ministry of Nature and Environment Protection, the leadership of the Brest and Grodno blast executive committees, officials of the euro-regions Bug, Belovezhskaya Puscha and Neman.

Participants of the session will discuss the activity of sub-commissions of the Commission for Trans-Border Cooperation, the legal-treaty base of trans-border relations, the cooperation in the region of Belovezhskaya Puscha Reserve. They will also consider the development and use of the border areas and the border infrastructure.

According to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, in 2007 Poland was among major trading partners of the Republic of Belarus ranking third among the non-CIS countries in trade and export. In 2007, trade between Belarus and Poland made up $2 billion, up 13.6% from 2006. For the past five years trade was up 4.1 times. In 2007, exports from Belarus to Poland increased by 18.5% to $1.2 billion. Belarus has a surplus in trade with Poland. According to the information provided by the National Bank of Belarus, Belarusian-Polish trade including trade in services amounted to $2.7 billion in 2007. The total volume of Polish investments in the Belarusian economy totaled $26.8 million.

Belarus’ major exports to Poland are oil and oil products, potassium and mineral fertilizer, rough wood, polycarboxilic acids, fiberglass, semi-finished products and wires from carbon steel, covered wires and cables, acyclic alcohol, synthetic yarns, tractors, milk and concentrated cream.

Major imports are fresh apples, pears and apple-quinces, flake board and plywood, toilet paper, handkerchiefs, napkins and similar items, armature, fasteners for doors and furniture, different equipment, pork, lamps and electric tubes, meat by-products, poultry, medicines.
July 08, 2008 BP-21 Website News Service Photo-Kaleidoscope

The best photos from the Internet: the Bialowieza forest near the forest village of Topilo, Poland, September of 2007:


The photo by Charley Yelen (July 13, 2008).
The source: < http://www.flickr.com/photos/25559684@N05/2574832775/in/pool-naturepix >;

The best photos from the Internet: pig-kids in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarus):


The photo by Nadezhda Sipko (July 03, 2008).
The source: < http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/sipkelena/view/126284/ >