NEWS ARCHIVE: SEPTEMBER 2011

September 30, 2011 "Vecheerniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Pushcha expanding the strictly protected zone

The Reserve had a chance to get back a European Diploma

Bialowieza Forest is now much more likely to get back the European Diploma than ever over the past four years. Such a conclusion was made by EU experts who worked in the National Park from 21 to 25 September and observed the significant changes in it for the better. "We see now that the work is mostly aimed at the environmental component, whereas five years ago it was more aimed at the economic issues", as portal TUT.BY quoted the CE expert Eckhart Kuijken.

Let's recall that the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was awarded the European Diploma in 1997 for achievements in nature protection, but after 10 years the Diploma has been suspended due to the big number of problems in the Reserve. Since then, our country is trying to regain the prestigious award. The fact that it is near back started to be talking in 2009 when a plan of management of the National Park was developed in accordance with recommendations of the Council of Europe. However, real progress was made only this year - with the change of leadership in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The new head of the National Park, Alexander Brown, who led it in April of this year, began to build a different policy, focusing not on economic activity as the former director Nikolai Bambiza did, but on preservation of the natural wealth of Pushcha. "However, I would not say that this director paid more attention to the economy, while the other to the environmental issues", said by deputy general director on science of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Vasily Arnolbik. "There are different approaches to managing the forest complex, and there is still no consensus among scientists on what to do, for example, with dying spruce: to cut down or leave them in place."

Now the work on a new functional zoning of Pushcha is close to completing in the National Park. According to Vasily Arnolbik, this implies an increase of the strictly protected zone of Pushcha more than two times. Now the absolutely reserved status is only 30% of the Pushcha's forest. It is planned that the area where any economic activity is prohibited will be increased by 57 thousand hectares. "Old-growth forest with unique ecosystems make 90 percent of Pushcha", the scientist says. About 6000 ha, again old-growth forests will be included in the strictly protected zone in the form of separate "islands". Thus, the area for business activities will be reduced significantly. According to Vasily Arnolbik, it will be moved to the periphery of the Park. However, it is already clear that the income from forest harvesting will significantly fall. It's expected to compensate it due to tourism development.

The new vector of the activity of the National Park has been very positively evaluated by EC experts. However, no any promises about the resumption of the European Diploma for Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been given. The verdict is expected to be passed in the Directorate General of the CE in February of 2012. But now the hope for a favorable solution to the issue is the real implications of. As to the oldest lowland forest in Europe, it is a question of prestige.
September 30, 2011 Website "Wild Nature" New regulations on national parks and the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve to be approved by head of state before the end of the year

New regulations are designed for national parks "Braslav Lakes", "Pripyatsky", "Narochansky", "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve and are now in the process of coordination of the regional executive committees, and all land users. Once the documents will be learned by all the parties concerned, they will go on the table of the President. It is assumed that the President will sign the decree on the transformation of especially protected natural areas before the end of this year, as Ph.D. Igor Kachanovsky, head of the Department of Natural Complexes and Agriculture at the Presidential Department of Affairs, told to www.wildlife.by.
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According to him, the new regulations of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" have been prepared with account taken of wishes of the local population. It includes the enlargement of the buffer zone and prescribes rules for various functional zones – buffer, economic, regulated use and recreation. After approval of the document, the nature protection establishment will be exempt from features which are not characteristic for the national park – wood processing and agricultural activities, and planned economic tasks will be reviewed.
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Elena Sadovskaya
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(The text of the news is put in the short-cut form. The BP-21 Century editor's note. The full text can be written from the original website in Russian).
September 29, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" The International Conference "Bison, Forests, Lakes"

The International Conference on bison was held from 22 to 23 September in Boretskaya Pushcha (Poland) where one of the sites of free breeding bison is located. It was attended by over 120 people from 9 European countries. Professor Wanda Olech from the Department of Genetics and Animals' Systemic Keeping at the Warsaw Agricultural University led the conference. Belarus was represented by Sc.D. Professor P. Kozlo from the National Academy of Sciences and a senior fellow Ph.D. A. Bunevich from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Issues related to keeping, biology, ecology, gene pool of animals, prospects for their conservation and impacts on ecosystems were the topics discussed during the conference. Our scientists reported on the status of the Belarusian bison population in general and of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in particular. One of the main problems concerning bison is to preserve their gene pool, to improve the immunity of animals to diseases, to develop the concept of long-term conservation and management of populations.

Ph.D. A. Bunevich on the photo is reporting on the status of the bison population in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

September 29, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" First regional environmental conference to be held

On September 23, the first regional environmental science and practical conference "The Role of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in biodiversity conservation" in the frame of the Regional Environmental Festival "Belarusian Old Forests say" has been held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (in the village of Novy Dvor). The conference was attended by about 100 people. They were basically teachers, graduate students, undergraduates and students of the Yanka Kupala's Grodno State University," researchers of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", teachers and pupils of the Grodno region's schools. Vice-chairman of the Svisloch District Executive Committee V. Subbotka and Head of the Department of Education W. Kisilevsky made welcoming remarks.

More than 20 reports including two ones from employees of our National Park were made at the conference. Research officer A. Bubenko reported the review of synanthropic beetles of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and junior research fellow A. Kuzmitsky made the survey of fauna of hollow-nesting birds.

The participants planted the orchard at a local school in memory of the conference.

September 27, 2011 Website "National TV" Video: Construction of a bypass road in the vicinity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is nearing completion

The President ordered to complete the road in November and the road builders are in terms of style. But the roadside service is still in its infancy. The search for investors is initiated.

Builders are near finishing their works on the bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Bridges, interchanges for cars and special transitions for ungulates and amphibians are ready. The most of the 200 kilometers of the semicircle is spruced up: markings, signs, awnings stops. The most stringent requirements are to the quality of the pavement.

Alexander Truhon, Chief of the Sector of Production Work, Contracts and Supervision of the Enterprise "BrestOblDorStroy" "This object is quite complex. It is the fourth category of the road. But the requirements for it are not as a fourth, but much higher. We hope that soon the transition "Peschatka" will be opened and the traffic will be at full speed. Therefore, the requirements for the road are much more serious than, say, to rural roads."

One of these days, head of the State Control Committee personally inspected the situation. There were no big claims to the work of builders. Deficiencies were found in the interaction of the authorities and investors.

Alexander Yakobson, Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus "We are only at the beginning of the roadside service. Of course, the road will acquire the service and I have no doubt of this. But while we can say that the buildup was delayed."

For two years until the road was under construction, new facilities did not appear next to it. Now there are only already 11 proposals in the Kamenetz district alone. A cafe, camping and agro-farms are planned to be built. There are no much investors but new people get constantly with ideas.

Andrew Pisarik, Chairman of the Kamenetz District Executive Committee "Two entrepreneurs came just yesterday. Our approach in the Executive Committee is very simple and very clear to the investor: sit down in the car, go along the road of Kamenets district and select. If you like this site, please, we are ready to give him that ground."

There were those willing to construct a hotel and golf club, but as yet the construction of a new refueling near the Kamenetz town can be called the real initiative. Another filling station will appear in the next year near the border crossing "Peschatka" at the beginning of the road.

Cautious position of investors can be understood. Many are waiting for the real traffic to appear on the Belovezhskaya bypass. Now there is an opportunity to find interesting places at the best price. The Investment Forum will take place in mid-October in the vicinity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Potential buyers will be provided with all possible options.

(You can see the video clip by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
September 27, 2011 Website "21.by" The Regional Environmental Festival to hold in Svisloch

The Regional Environmental Festival was held in the town of Svisloch.

The Festival, which lasted three days, began from the scientific-practical conference "The Role of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Biodiversity Conservation". Events in the ancient Svisloch park where 10 festival sections were open became a culmination of the festival.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee Ivan Zhuk, General Director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Bury, heads of the forestry industry and environmental bodies, numerous guests from the districts of Grodno and Brest regions, and from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" participated in the festival.



The Grodenskaya Truth
September 27, 2011 Website "DATE.BS" The 27 September is a World Tourism Day

The holiday is celebrated since 1980. Its goal is to promote tourism and an explanation of its contribution to the development of cultural ties and understanding between nations.

There are gatherings of tourists, exciting festivals and celebrations in many large cities around the world. Pupils at the head of teachers go on special routes and rest in nature.

Belarus is attractive to eco-tourists from around the world. It remained the largest in Europe forests. There are more than 11 000 lakes and 20 thousand rivers and streams in the country. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the most famous object of ecotourism. By the way, according to official statistics, nearly 2 million tourists visited Belarus during the first half of this year.

European Radio for Belarus
September 27, 2011 "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomol Truth) newspaper Now is possible to hunt bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A guest from Moscow already tested a photo-safari.

"The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" offers a new service for tourists – a photo-safari", Park's officials said as the BelTA Information Agency learned.

The Project "Photo-Safari" was launched in Belovezhskaya Pushcha recently. From now on, any tourist equipped oneself with a camera can have a photo-hunting for the Pushcha's animals.

The cost of the service is 398 thousand Bel.rubles (~$50). A photo-hunter has eight hours which if desired can be divided into several periods. The car is proposed getting around the Park on, accompanied by a specialist.

The first photo safari in Belovezhskaya Pushcha went to the guest from Moscow. He was interested in capturing a wild bison, and it had turned out, as the source said.
September 26, 2011 Website "National TV" Petrol-powered saw roaring and hunting food in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A forest festival has been revived in the town of Svisloch.

The music of lumberjacks has changed melodies of old instruments. The best masters of the ax and saw have been selected on this entertainment event. Delimbing, precision saw cut of logs and assembly-disassembly of professional tools at a time have been made. A fair has also been turned around in the forest. Guests of the holiday had the opportunity to enjoy the food from game.
September 22, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A seminar on tourism

On September 15 and 16, a national seminar on tourism, which was attended by representatives of all national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries of the country including employees of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, was held in the National Park "Pripyatski". The statute "On State Program of Tourism Development in the Republic of Belarus for 2011 to 2015" and issues of the ecological trails' facilities and routes in the protected areas were discussed during the seminar.

In the practical part of the seminar, the participants familiarized themselves with the organization of cultural and ecological tourism in the National Park "Pripyatsky", as an example tour "In the land of the roaring deer". While visiting the "Wild Animal Park", the participants could watch wild boars, red and roe deer, and see a rare white-tailed eagle and listen to the mating roar of deer.

Workshop participants shared their experience in tourism, discussed the paperwork, and got suggestions for advanced training courses for tourism staff. The experience gained will be used for tourism activities in the National Park.


September 22, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A Forester Day in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Александр Бурый, генеральный директор Национального парка ''Беловежская пущ'')
On September 18, the stuff of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" celebrated their professional holiday – a Forester Day.

On this day, foremost people in production, labor veterans and combiners who distinguished themselves during the harvest were honored.

Acknowledgements from the Department of Affairs of the President of the Republic of Belarus were presented to the forester of the Yasenskoe forestry S.Sloboda and the forester of the Pashukovskoe forestry O.Sedunov. Pensioners and veterans of the National Park were awarded gifts. About 150 employees received top awards and prizes, and a number of employees were recorded Diplomas from the Pruzhany, Kamenets and Svisloch District Executive Committees and the Brest Border Guard.


A Diploma of the National Park and a facsimile edition of the G. Kartsov's book "Bialowieza Forest" were presented to Anton Davydkin from Minsk, the winner of the contest "Who will call a small bison?" who proposed the name "Byte" for the small bison.

A wonderful concert impressed participants of the holiday. It was attended by People's Artist of Belarus Nikolai Skorikov, Pop Dance Exemplary Group "Fidget", Folk Music Ensemble "Belovezhskaya Tsyvinka", Vocal Group "Pushcha Music", Solo Studio "Young Talent" and other performers.



"City of Masters" where people can buy original crafts had been going there. Sport contests, Cossacks fancy riding, festive lotteries and other events were held during the holiday.

September 21, 2011 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper A Forest Day in the protected forest

On September 18, a festive show to mark the Forest Day for employees was in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" at the Royal glade-meadow.

Guests have been transported in comfortable buses from the village of Kamenyuki to the free holiday. There were a lot of people. 11 honored workers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha were presented with prizes from the Executive Committee. A festive concert featuring local pop stars and the Belarus Border Service Orchestra was taking place. A magical horse show aroused a lot of positive emotions in the audience. Stunts of riders left nobody indifferent. The festival organizers also prepared many culinary surprises, including traditional pancakes with blueberries and tea with wild herbs. A disco started after a short pause. In addition, everyone could participate in various sport competitions.

Maria Baluk, a student of the Pushkin's Brest State University.
September 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" "Photo-safari" in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Sergei Kargin, amateur-photographer from Moscow, visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha in early September. He was the first tourist who took advantage of the new service of the National Park – a "photo-safari" tour. He did a lot of beautiful pictures of natural objects and sights of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. He was particularly interested in the Pushcha's giants - Bialowieza bison. We offer to our website's visitors a few shots kindly sent by S. Kargin to us. And we invite all the nature lovers, who want to know the secrets of the primeval forest and to keep these unique moments in their photo-albums, to visit the National Park and take advantage of the new service of the "photo-safari" tour.
Фото Сергея Каргина

Фото Сергея Каргина

September 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Hurricane results to continue getting over

As previously reported on our website, on July 21, 2011, a strong squally wind was at the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" which damaged the forest on an area of about 960 hectares. 15 agencies of the Ministry of Forestry and 5 institutions of the Presidential Department of Affairs were involved into liquidation of the hurricane's results. About 350 workers engage in cleaning-up of the area from wind-fallen trees. 9 modern multi-operational machines for felling are used to cut wind-fallen wood that allows to quickly conduct logging operations and to preserve the commercial quality of the wood. To date, more than 773 thousand m3 of the wind-fallen timber or 33% of its total volume have already been harvested. The management of the National Park tasked to finish major works on clean-up by year's end and to plant trees next spring there. To do this the seedlings grown in the nursery of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" will be used.
September 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Sounds of an autumn forest

In early autumn, especially in the morning or sunset, a long and loud roar similar to a growl can be heard in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. These terrible unusual sounds are uttered by European red deer during their wedding season. Females are gathering with roaring males and "harems" are formed. The larger becomes the "harem", the less is heard the males' roar.

The roar of deer starts with staccato raucous sighs, followed by a drawn-low mooing, which felt the force and power of the wild beast of the forest. In this way deer says that it is the owner of this territory and is ready to defend its "ownership" even through a fight, jealously guarding its "harem" from rivals.

The mating season lasts about six weeks and is divided into 3 stages: early roars (from August 27 to September 15), height (from 16 to 23 September) and extinction (from September 24 to October 10).

A new tourist route to the places of the roar of European red deer is already available in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". One can get familiar with the prices for this service here (in Russian).

Dear lovers of wildlife! We invite you to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha and listen to sounds of the autumn forest.
September 16, 2011 Website "TUT.BY" Byte (a bison name) to appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Photo from www.respublika.info
The winners of the online contest "Who would call a small bison?" organized by the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" are known. After the open suffrage, a new resident was given the name Byte. The citizen of Minsk Anton Davydkin and one of the Ukrainian Kharkov Garik Manukyan become "Godparents" of the Byte. They first proposed such the modern nickname for the small bison.

As it is reported at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's website, over 200 people were involving in the contest. Over 300 different names for the small bison were suggested. According to the requirements of the contest, they should start with the syllable "ba". Let's recall that the small bison Byte was born in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in late July.

TUT.BY: a name for a small bison was chosen for the first time in Belarus by the online voting at the TUT.BY website. Within two weeks, visitors of the web-portal first proposed and then voted for the name for a small bison from the Minsk Zoo. The baby was named in honour of the scientific advances of the twentieth century with the Belarusian color - Bynet - in honor of the Internet in the web-area BY.

Jeanne Sidoruk, Brest newspaper
September 15, 2011 Website "Region.ej.by" A contest of loggers to be near Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the Grodno region

An unusual event is planned in the district town of Svisloch, Grodno region, within the frame of the Regional Environmental Festival "Belarusian Old Forests Tell".

Lumberjacks will compete in eight categories: who will saw a log faster and more accurate with an electric saw and will cut off branches with an ax, and others. Winners will be provided for by cash prizes. In addition, nine sites will be opened in the city park during the festival day on September 25, to cook the wild boar meat and fish soup, to place the zoo imported from Grodno, fairs, an exhibition of environmentally friendly products, and to present contests and concerts.

Head of the Department of Culture at the District Executive Committee Irina Pavlyukevich told that the purpose of the festival is to attract the attention of the public, visitors and tourists to Belovezhskaya Pushcha:

"This is our local celebration of the forest. Pushcha covers one-third of the Svisloch district and our region is a tourist area of the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", she said. "We protect the unique lowland bog "Wild" as similar to it are only four in the world. According to environmentalists, it forms an ecosystem of Europe and supplies Belovezhskaya Pushcha with water saturates the Bialowieza Forest as there are two rivers originated from the bog - Narevka and Yaselda.

The conference "The role of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in conservation of biodiversity" will be held as a part of the festival on September 23.
September 14, 2011 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper Tree rings to "tell" the truth

The history of fires is written in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A group of Polish scientists in conjunction with Belarusian colleagues from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has completed a week's work on the study of the oldest trees and their remains in the relict forest. The researchers took samples of wood of "veterans" of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and, using them, they intend to write the history of fires of the unique forest which location shares Poland and Belarus. This is the third joint expedition in the international research project which purpose is to restore the history of the most devastating fire "attacks" on the tree rings.

Vasiliy Arnolbik, Deputy General Director on Science of the National Park, told to the correspondent of the "Republic" that the expedition could help scientists explain the causes of origin of great forests in the past in this area and answer the question of why the nature provided the most favorable conditions for the restoration of pine trees after the firestorms.

Fedor Mukha
September 13, 2011 Website "TUT.BY" Brest got a street performance "In Search of Belovezhskaya Pushcha"

A street performance "In Search of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was held in the Park of Culture and Rest in the city of Brest in the evening of the 12 September on.

The joint Belarusian-American production lasted only about 30 minutes. Nevertheless, the audience accompanied the actors with loud applause. The improvised stage for street performance was set near the theater stage at the Recreation Park.

The performance is a joint Belarusian-American project which preparation was made by "Oracle Productions and Lucid Street Theatre" (Chicago, USA) and "RondStudio" (Minsk, Belarus). Actors told a legend about a city which was many centuries ago in the heart of a huge lake and this deepest lake saved the inhabitants of this city from the attacks of a terrible monster. After thousands of years, when the lake dried up and a mighty forest appeared in that place, residents wanted to go beyond it in search of a new world and to learn something new and unexplored. The performance was originally planned to be shown in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Stanislav Korshunov, Brest newspaper

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September 07, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" To be sued for poaching

Employees of the field service department of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" are constantly trying to suppress violations of the environmental legislation. For example, on August 16, 2011, a native of the village of Shishovo of the Kamenetz district was arrested with prohibited fishing gear near a pond. The case file was submitted to the Kamenetz court. On August 17, 2011, a resident of the village of Dobrovolya, who exercised an unauthorized tree cutting in the Brovsk forestry area of the National Park was detained. He has felle more than a dozen of dead pine trees. The damage amounted to 600 thousand Rubles (~$ 100). On August 08, 2011, a group of poachers was arrested near the village of Stoily, Pruzhany district, because of illegal hunting in the National Park. Three shotguns, lighting and a night vision device were confiscated. The Pruzhany police department has already opened a criminal case for this evidence and violators will have to answer under Article 282 of the Criminal Code.
September 07, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" The history of fires in Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be written using annual tree rings

Researches in areas of old fires in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha are conducted for the second year and are based on the agreement on long-term cooperation between the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and the Forest Research Institute (Poland, Bialowieza) at the European Center of Natural Forests. Research officer Ewa Zin from the Institute of Forest is head of the Project "History of fires and dynamics of forest stands in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The main objective of the Project is the restoration of the history of forest fires in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and the study and analysis of the pine forests of the post-pyrogenic origin. Research methodology provides dendro-chronological analysis of wood samples (cores and saw cuts on stubs) that are delivered in Bialowieza. They are carefully handled and relevant studies are carried out there. Research staff of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" help to the Polish colleagues.

September 01, 2011 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper "Stork" will see all

An unmanned aircraft will monitor the situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The remote-controlled aircraft "Stork" created by specialists of the Institute of Physics and Mathematics at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has already made test flights over the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's forest. The prototype has demonstrated its high capabilities for the automated control of the state of the ancient forest from a bird's flight.

According to the National Park's staff, the unmanned assistant flying in the sky will increase the detection and prevention of fires, the quality of the assessment of damage from hurricanes and other adverse natural surprises, and the level of scientific research. The "Stork" will "read" the right information from the wood and transmit it to the computer doing this in three modes which provide the video and photo shooting, and the fixation of atmospheric, temperature and other environmental parameters.

Engineers of the Institute who are working a few years on the creation of the unmanned ultra-light aircrafts will then start their quantity-production.

Fedor Mukha
September 01,2011 website "OPEN.BY" It is about patrolling the forests in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The monitoring of the condition of the forests in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" will be served through an unmanned aircraft developed in the Physics-Technical Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, said the head of the Laboratory of Simulation of Complex Systems and Materials at the Institute Yuri Yatsyna. The unmanned aircraft "Stork" has already helped assess the damage to the Park's forests from the recently hurricane. The use of the unmanned aircraft for environmental purposes will be expanded in the near future. The modern technology will give opportunities for the staff of Belovezhskaya Pushcha to struggle against poaching, to study the forests' structure, to keep records of old trees and to find ones suffering from pests and diseases.

The "Stork" weighs about 6 kg. It is based on the most advanced technologies in the field of precision mechanics, best management practices, opticians and other innovations of the Belarusian scientists. The unmanned aircraft can reach speeds of up to 100 km/h, breaking distance of 25 km. The unit is equipped with an electric motor and provides a virtually silent flight. Now the "Stork" is under the state tests. It is expected that the Belarusian scientists will begin the mass production of this technology in the near future. Environmental institutions of the country are already actively show interest in innovation and are willing to implement it.

Pilotless planes "Swift", "Rook" and "Target" are also available in Belarus. The scope of their use is broad enough - from forecasting of emergency situations, state border control and road monitoring to atmospheric and meteorological observations, and unauthorized logging and poaching in national parks and reserves' prevention. Scientists are now studying the demand for new vehicles and are in talks with potential consumers. For the present the matter is about the supply of unmanned aircrafts in the domestic market, but experts do not exclude the possibility of exports in the future.

Unmanned vehicles have many advantages over the manned ones. The basic advantage is no need to equip their entire life-support infrastructure, starting from the airport and ending with an expensive pilot training. Such aircrafts are significantly more economical and they take off with your hands and land by parachute. And there is no need for highly qualified pilots and there is no threat to their lives during an emergency or bad weather.

BelTA