NEWS ARCHIVE: JULY 2012

July 30, 2012 Website "TV and Radio Company "Brest"" Belarus seeks investors to build tourism infrastructure around Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A road around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was put into service in November last year.

It extends 200 kilometers. The activity to attract investors to create roadside service and tourism infrastructure is now going on. In particular, petrol stations and cafes are already open. There are some achievements and agreements with investors to create some promising objects. As expected, the number of vehicles on the road will significantly be increased after the commissioning of the frontier checkpoint Peschatka. When the roadside service is created, it needs to pay attention first to the construction of the catering and leisure facilities, and car maintenance stations.
July 29, 2012 Website "Second National Channel (ONT)" Both a field and a forest

The country has threshed more than 3 million tons of grain this week. Traditionally, in the harvest season, President Lukashenko visits fields in order to see for himself not only the high-quality harvest but also, together with the vice-premiers, ministers and governors, to find reserves for improving the agriculture. The address this week goes to the Brest region.

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Alexander Lukashenko "If there will be found that the technique is idle because of bungling, then the person responsible for this will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. And do not get any of the combine to the area. It is because we had great help. And you keep them in the gutter."

Wage growth depends on the development of the region, including its tourist appeal. In this sense, the Brest area lucks as only Belovezhskaya Pushcha annually receives 300,000 tourists. According to the Governor Konstantin Sumar, people recently more drive in his region than leave it. And even if tourists travel through Brest region passing through, they try to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha that to forget to at least for a few hours the bustle of the city and the transience of time.

Nikolai Korolchuk, tourist (Brest) "The first time, we decided to take bikes that do not spend much forces - 10 km of the way on asphalt. We did not dare to go on a dirt road because we do not know what it is and what to expect."

Tatiana and Alina Chalton, tourists (UK) "I think it's very worthwhile. You can travel much greater distances on the bike. There is the silence of the forest. You stay anywhere to hear an echo and birds as it becomes estranged in the city. Cycling is much more convenient and it is a good route. It is a nice smooth road. Some bikes are with mountain tires, others are of more speed, and this is more comfortable and pleasant. There were always on foot, all the times when we were in the Park - and it is so good. Bicycles for children are also available, including of different sizes. That means it is possible to adjust, then you go and enjoy. This is not work and we are not tired as it is pure pleasure."

One can also touch the area of the Reserve while walking in the open horse-drawn carriage. The travel on an electric vehicle is the new of the last week. Once acquired for economic needs of the Park's staff, cars do not poison the air around and now have a great demand among tourists. You can drive on a variety of routes and even be close to wild animals without risk to scare them of engine noise. But here's the problem - even if many Belarusians do not know all the tourist potential of Belovezhskaya Pushcha that then talk about aliens!

Vasily Arnolbik, Deputy Director General for Research of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" "We have plans for the tourism development to strengthen other directions the central (from the village of Bely Lesok) and the north (from the Grodno region) as there are rather many people wising to come in those areas. But to realize these new projects, we must open visitor centers in these directions to give information demonstrated our tourist routes and our opportunities. Some staff responsible for working with tourists has to be there. That means the job has to be organized clear and interesting for visitors to the Park."

A few years ago, when visiting Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Alexander Lukashenko ordered to give on preferential terms the lands on the perimeter of the National Park to the investors for building. This is no less than about 200 km. Modern roadside hotels with all the amenities will help solve the problem of accommodation for tourists, as their number is getting bigger every year in this area.

A new bypass road around the Forest should be a so-called magnet for visitors and potential investors. Alexander Lukashenko gave instruction on its construction in autumn 2010. Only environmentally friendly vehicles get green light. The road is complete - a perfectly smooth cover, a bright layout and plots equipped for rest.

Thanks to the new road (it costs ~ $ 70 million), many villages are within reach. The local real estate, before being almost deserted, rose in price. Wealthy Russians willingly buy houses in the green area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. However, Belarusian enterprises and banks, which want to build their bases to rest along the new road, more actively make their offers.

However, the Kletnoe village, near the Forest, did not have to wait to build the road. As seemed unpromising, the village now looks like a luxury tourist complex with a restaurant, a hotel and a wellness center. Elegant marble fountains are perfectly combined with rural huts. Businessman Nikolai Burnos from St. Petersburg invested money for all this from his own pocket. The Kletnoe village is his native land getting now into more and more promising business, where tourists from around the world come to relax.

Alexander Lukashenko "We have to have such a center in each region. A man came here, rode around the bypass, stopped where he wanted and breathed clean air. There is this around Belovezhskaya Pushcha. There are many of these tourist spots in the Vitebsk region. They should be close to the ring and we should begin to work in this way. The same is true in other regions. The Minsk region has to have two or three such areas, in addition to Minsk. That's when we create such the "fists", then we will be able to take good money in the future."

Owners of the recreation center with the optimistic title "No problem" akso have high hopes for the new road laying. The so-called "road of life" is at 100 meters from them. It begins at the border - the crossing point "Peschatka" - and ends in the town of Svisloch, Grodno region.

A children's camp is in place of the once "problem-free" recreation center. It - deserted and almost collapsed was bought by a businessman from Minsk in 2004. He invested millions of dollars and, in fact, built up the recreation center again. A modern restaurant with national cuisine and a fireplace which has a personal collection of trophies of the owner is now on the site of the former cafeteria. A bath, lake, parking, play areas for children and adults, three residential complexes and a cottage suite are near. True, it is still early to say about payback. Although the base is open for visitors all year round, tourists are still not numerous as we would like.

In fact, it is well feel in Belovezhskaya Pushcha that air is one of the Belarusian resources. Those who believe the air can make money are right. Those who were born and grew up in the region are still investing more here, but we can expect that others will come then as well. The state is interested in the development of this area and will always support the reasonable initiatives.

(The news is placed in the short-cut form, the BP-21 Century editor's note,
The full text can be read on the original website, in Russian)
July 25, 2012 Website "Interfax-West" Electric vehicles have appeared in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Take root it?

The observer of interfax.by found out how popular tours on electric car in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and what this service is.

One can walk in the Pushcha and ride a bike or a tour bus (its departure is scheduled several times a day). To enter to the protected territory of the National Park on the own transport is strictly prohibited.

Excursions on the electric car appeared in the National Park about two weeks ago, but none of the tourists still have "traveled" on this eco-friendly mode of transport. Why?


Perhaps, the reason goes from still little popularization for the new service. If so, then it's just a matter of time. Information about this tourism know-how will soon be on all media (that's the portal interfax.by also contributes).

Another thing is if the reason goes from the price - 240 thousand Rubles per hour (~$29).

In addition, only one tourist (the driver's seat will be served by the National Park's officer) can ride in the double electric vehicle. No one of tourists can drive this environmental transport alone.

Perhaps, the service would enjoy popularity among foreigners, but the electric car is not equipped with an audio guide, whereas the driver of the National Park can serve as an interpreter.

One electric car is now exposed for rent - the inability to take a tour by several cars is also a disadvantage. It may be worthwhile to give the tourists a choice of electric vehicles with different seating capacity?

In general, the idea is very good, but still very draft. It is worth noting the advantages of this program. Electric car is the perfect vehicle for the lazy. No need to pedal as compare with a bicycle. You are not tied to the group and route as compare with bus tours. Go in the forest and admire the nature as long as you wish. You can make any number of stops for photography. The route can be designed on request.

By Olga Artishevskaya
Photo by the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
July 24, 2012 Website "Onliner.by" A tour of the Bialowieza Forest can be served on electric cars


The National Park is primarily concerned about the environment. Vehicular traffic on the territory of the Forest has been reduced to a minimum. Tourists can tour across the ancient forest on the bike or carriage. More recently, there was one more environmentally friendly means of transportation - electric car, as the press service of the National Park reports.

Driving on electric car will cost 230,000 Rubles per hour (~$29). There are only two places. Tourists are not allowed to drive the car. Therefore, only one person with a guide who will act simultaneously as a driver will be able to go on the tour. The Park's administration insists that the visitor ordered this service can choose the route and go where he pleases.

There are reports that the Reserve bought a few units of environmentally friendly vehicle back in 2010 for domestic purposes, and now decided to use them for tourists.

The author Andrew Gomylyaev. Photo by npbp.brest.by
July 20, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Scientists are discussing the future of Bialowieza bison

On July 6, the Polish National Park hosted a seminar on the Project "Protection of Bison in Poland - North-East Part". Employees of the Belarusian National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" attended the workshop at the invitation of the Bialowieza National Park.

A great work to improve the habitat of bison (creating fodder fields, watering places and winter extra food areas) and quality of winter feeding was noted. But initially depleted gene pool of the bison population is a particular concern for the scientists as about 80% of the currently existing plain bison originated only from two founder (in general, the modern plain bison descended from seven animals). In addition, a low genetic variability and fragmentation of bison herds which hinders the free exchange of genes between populations is also the concern. In this regard, the constant monitoring of all existing herds of bison, genetic and morphological studies and care (when the reducing withdrawal from the population) are required. It is encouraging that only selective elimination of substandard breeding animals (sick, very old and injured animals, as well as late-born calves) was carried out from herds of bison of the Bialowieza Forest in recent years.

And, of course, the combined efforts of scientists from various countries, as well as globally developed projects are necessary to save the bison as a species.

In Belarus, "The Action Plan for bison in 2010 to 2014" in order to preserve bison as a species with the greatest possible genetic diversity and to manage it was approved by the Council of Ministers. It provides extensive works on assessment of all bison micro-populations in Belarus, investigations of their spatial-territorial structure, genetic researches to identify the most valuable animals for further breeding and studies of factors and mechanisms that determine the productivity and growth of the modern herds.

In the first stages of the Action Plan by the republican budget fund, it was purchased the necessary equipment to conduct researches. Various biotech facilities are constructed. All the biotechnical measures to improve the habitat of bison (creating fodder fields, harvesting and purchase food, etc.) is provided.

The final step calls for the formation of genetically and morphologically valuable micro-populations, the regulation of their size and structure at the optimum level and management of the animals which are of no value to the further reproduction of the herd.
July 19, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" New home for birds

A special construction of 4 sections for birds of prey has recently been built to improve housing of birds in the zoo demonstration cages of the National Park. This project was developed by the staff of the research department and the department of wildlife protection and hunting of the National Park, with the recommendations of international zoos. The size and height of the sections allows the birds to fly in the new aviary. There are also special places for their rest. This allows the birds to feel freer, while visitors have a better look at feathered beings.


July 19, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" New for tourists

Kinds of additional services for tourists are expanding in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Now you can take a fascinating journey through the ancient forest on the bike, to ride with the wind on a promenade carriage and to enjoy the beauty of the forest from a small train wagon. Since July, a new service is introduced - a walk on an electric car.

July 17, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Midsummer Day in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Midsummer Day is the national holiday rooted in antiquity when it was timed to the summer solstice. This day was dedicated to the pagan god Kupala revered by Eastern Slavs - the god of all the earth fruits, which symbolized the summer fertility. Once converted to Christianity in Russia, the holiday was celebrated on the day of the birth of John the Baptist.

A theatrical performance was held in the Santa Claus's estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the night of 6 to 7 July, dedicated to this holiday. It was in the style of folk traditions with ceremonial elements, games, contests and jokes. Weary guests had possibility to eat immediately as the exit trade was to serve them there. The celebration was attended by a Children's Classic Pop Dance Group "Caprice", The Vocal Group "Vesyaluha", The Creative Association "Kamenetz Skarbonka", employees of Palace of Culture at the Kamenets district, etc.


July 12, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Meeting with the Assistant to the President

On July 11, 2012, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus and Chief Inspector for the Brest Region V.Puzyrevsky met the staff of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". In his short but thorough report, Assistant to the President briefed the participants with the main priorities of state policy in the sphere of economic and social development and presented a number of interesting figures and indicators on the Brest region and the Kamenetz district, in particular, on the territory covered by a considerable part of the National Park. He noted that the National Park is successfully developing tourism and has a good environmental protection. At the same time, it is necessary to pay attention to the growth of wages to the end of the year that to correspond to the indicators which outlined by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

V.Puzyrevsky considers as one of the main priorities in his meetings with the population that information is truly to be reported and assistance in the issues unsolved at the local level for any reason is to be given.
July 11, 2012 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper The meeting place is Dialogue

From 10 to 12 July, the final conference organized by the International Nongovernmental Organization "Understanding" in the frame of the Program "Meeting Place is Dialogue" takes place in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The Program started in our country in 2009 with the financial support from the German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future". Its purpose is to appreciate the life experience of older people, especially of victims of German National Socialism, and to pass it to future generations. One more purpose is to create conditions for the emergence of a new pulse of life, interests and public recognition of the experience of the participants, and thus improve their social status.
July 09, 2012 website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Where does warbler winter?


Scientists who tagged special geo-locators to birds will answer this question.

Measures on the swamp "Dikoe" (Wild), which is located on the north-east of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, were taken from June 23 to July 1, 2012, to study the migration routes and wintering Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus poludicola).

This work was carried out by an international team of scientists, which also included the employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and the nongovernmental organization "Belarus Birds' Life". The project on conservation of Aquatic Warbler is on a list of priority projects and was approved at a meeting of countries participating in the Memorandum on Aquatic Warbler, in Poland, in May 2010.

Innovative geo-locators designed by Swiss Ornithological Institute were used to label birds. Their mass is 0.6 g. This device determines the location of the bird by using the length of daylight, sunset and sunrise time.

30 birds were caught and tagged by geo-locators. 23 more birds were in the control group to compare the effects of the device on the birds. According to experts, this is the third part of the total population of Aquatic Warbler in the wild swamp. Sexually mature males were only used For labeling of birds.

Interestingly, two birds ringed by Paris rings were caught during the experiment.

To obtain information about movement of a bird, warblers will be re-catch in the same swamp in 2013. It should be noted that geo-location sensors have been used successfully in Ukraine in 2010 and 2011.

July 06, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Ongoing monitoring of entomological pests

As previously reported on our website, monitoring conifer beetle pests spruce bark beetle and pine sawfly common - began in Belovezhskaya Pushcha since late April. Monitoring showed a low level of their presence in the National Park's forest stands in the first half of the warm period. Now the development of the second generation of these dangerous insects continues to be monitored.

Besides, other insect-pests are also being monitored and supervised. In particular, special attention is drawn to the presence of a butterfly-nun, damaging various coniferous and deciduous tree species (a biggest damage is causing to pine and spruce stands), pine moth (it threats to pine forests) and gypsy moth. The last moth species affects more than 300 different species of plants, including many deciduous and coniferous trees. It prefers oak, poplar, birch and fruit trees.

In connection with a dry and hot weather, fire protection of forests needs to address a major concern. Moreover, there are many people in the forest at that time than in other seasons. Therefore, the administration of the National Park and Forest Protection Service are closely watching the observance of the rules of visit of the forest.