NEWS ARCHIVE: OCTOBER 2006

October 29, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" Summer Schools in Ecology and Biodiversity is the new project of the Marie Curie Program

The Mammal Research Institute's Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences has gained a grant of the European Commission to implement the 2006-2010 Project "Summer Schools in Ecology and Biodiversity: Understanding Patterns and Processes". The project provides holding four annual Summer Schools in ecology and biodiversity for the graduates and the post-graduate students from the European educational institutions who begin to make good in the scientific field.

The School will be organized in the form of a one-week course which includes lectures, seminars, field workshops and laboratorial practice. Each study course will cover about 75 participants. The lectures and practical workshops will be led by the employees of the Mammal Research Institute of the PAS and the invited foreign experts (totally 48 persons from Europe and Northern America).

The School's study course comprises 10 thematic blocks, for example, genetics, population ecology and evolution, biogeography and macro-ecology, mathematical modeling, and basic principles for scientific works. Subjects and methods of performance of this measure were developed during the implementation of a Project "BIOTER – Master Skill Improvement Centre" by the Mammal Research Institute of the PAS in 2002-2005.

Professor Marek Konarzewski is a scientific coordinator of the Project and Tomasz Samojlik is responsible for administrative management.

the source:www.zbs.bialowieza.pl
October 28, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" Valuable acorns

The inhabitants from the vicinities of Bialowieza Forest (Poland) get good income from picking acorns. The acorns of the good quality are bought by the Hajnowka Forestry for making seedlings in nurseries. The acorns which quality is worse will be used as winter forage for animals. Almost half thousand people from the town of Hajnowka and its vicinities pick acorns.

As to mushrooms the situation is more difficult, while there are many acorns in the Bialowieza Forest. It's enough to find few large oak trees and one can sometimes pick 50 kilogram daily. The Hajnowka Forestry pays two Zlotys (about 0.7 cents) for one kilo of supplied acorns. One kilo of acorns for forage of animals costs one Zloty.

The people picking acorns must however consider the existence of competition. "Deer and wild boars feed a bit there but they cannot consume all acorns. They can clean the area under one tree while do not touch another. Therefore we also get something", Grzegorz Miszczuk laughs.

After light frosts or strong wind many people are bound for the wood. Someone goes on leave for a week because "the acorn job" daily brings about hundred Zlotys. The most of the collectors are the pensioners. "Some amount of Zlotys as extra to little pension money is always good to earn. After recent increase the pension makes 560 Zlotys (about 187 US $) and we therefore can earn a bit by picking acorns", Walentyna Kalinowska says.

The Hajnowka Forestry buys about 24 tones of acorns each year – four of them are for winter feeding of wild animals and 20 tones are for planting in nurseries. "One who is not a forester will see and say that oak trees are growing perfect in the Bialowieza Forest. The oak is associated with force, power and greatness. The oaks like these should be planted in nurseries because they cannot grow themselves to reach this greatness, Andrzej Lukaszewicz from the Hajnowka Forestry says.

Oaks from the Bialowieza Forest are famed all over Poland and other forest areas, therefore, need these acorns. Besides, acorns produced in Hajnowka are delivered to the Knyszynska Puszcza (Puszcza means a wild old forest), Augustowska Puszcza and Piska Puszcza.

The source: Objective, www.wrotapodlasia.pl
October 27, 2006 "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper Deer to kill in Belovezhskaya Pushcha!

The militia promises a big money compensation for information about the criminals.

Skins of two deer were found by the frontier guards in a wood near the village of Panasyuki, Sergei Dyagel, head of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park's guard, has told to the "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi". "We have very good communications with this frontier guard. We know the phone numbers of each other and, therefore, the guys immediately called us. We urgently called up the militia. The militiamen examined a place of the incident and instituted proceedings on illegal hunting."

Skins were only the remnants of these unhappy deer male and female, Sergei Dyagel told.

"And meat?"

"Yes, the poachers have taken it with ones."

"Why have they not taken the skins?"

"Skins are not valuable for the poachers."

The damage from the murder of two deer is over seventeen millions Roubles (over 8,000 US $), Sergei Dyagel told. The penalty for each illegally killed animal is 50 minimal financial taxes. If an animal from a national park had been killed, the sum of the penalty is multiplied by two. But I do not think that the poachers will only get off with the penalty. A court will be held because the criminal action was brought.

The crime is very bad, Vyacheslav RASAKEVICH, First Deputy Head of the Kamenetz District Office of Internal Affairs said. We do hope that the criminals will soon be caught. That's all what I can inform. The investigation secret does not allow to be disclosed. I can only add that we promise a compensation for information about the poachers. How much – it will depend on the quality of information and its value in order to catch the criminals.

The number of deer in the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has already reached 1250 animals.

Alexandra SLUTZKHAYA
October 25, 2006 Website "TUT.BY" The militia promises a big money compensation for information about the poachers who have killed two deers in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The Kamenetz District Office of Internal Affairs has announced a big money compensation for information about the persons who have killed two deers in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Vitaliy Bindzyura, Head of the District Office of Internal Affairs has informed the BelaPAN News Agency that the fact of poaching was revealed on October 16 in the Belyanskoe Forestry Area. The frontier guard has found out the male and female's skins in a wood near the village of Panasyuki. The prints of car tyres and other pieces of evidence also were found at the place of the crime. The damage from the crime has exceeded 17.5 million Bel. Roubles (~8,600 US $). On October 18, the proceedings on the Clause 282 Part 3 of the Criminal Code (illegal hunting) was instituted.

The head of the District Office of Internal Affairs has noted that the case of the poaching within the territory of the National Park is for the fisrt time this year.

"BelaPAN"

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The website editor's note

In 2003 the article "The Killer of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Reserve" was published on the website "BP-21". Let's put a quotation from this article.

"And now, let us see what was happening in the reserve when the general director had his weapon constantly with himself in his car. Last winter, in the very center of the woods, 2–3 km away from the Official Residence of the President, two young females of European bison were found dead in the hayfields after snow melted down. Then followed 2 deer, a wild boar with cut off fangs, then a young horse. And all the dead animals had no traces of attacks of predators. What would any general director have done? Would he have called the police to initiate inquiry? N.Bambiza, to his staff's surprise, did not do that. Usually, poachers shoot for meat. But here the carcasses were found untouched. And why a horse? The competent people explain it this way: most probably the hunts took place at night. In the headlights beams, for away the eyes of animals shine but the silhouettes are dim, it's difficult to make out what kind of animal it is. In this case they usually shoot at eyes. The wounded animal would run away, then fall down when dying, but it is difficult to find it in the darkness."

The interesting fact is that neither the district militia, nor the administration of the National Park kicked up a racket concerning such the number of the animals killed by the "poachers"… This provokes a question – do only the strange poachers "boss" on the territory of the National Park?...
October 25, 2006 "Belorusskaya Niva" (The Byelorussian field) newspaper Village tourism in action!

This motto was given to a press tour to the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". It was organized within the framework of a special two-year Project implemented by UN and the Ministry of nature protection. After visiting six village farms in the Grodno and Brest regions the representatives of tourist agencies had convinced that the village tourism progressively develops and opens its unique features.

According to the Project's leader Dmitriy Frishchiv, these houses became the winners of a competition of mini-projects and already got 1,000 to 2,000 dollars for everyone. The owners efficiently invested money to improve the "farm lands". For example, Valentina and Gennadiy Tretiak from the farm "Lavrinovichi" of the Zelvenskiy district have built a sauna at the courtyard and has equipped the house by a bathroom.

Lev MITKOVSKIY
October 25, 2006 Website "TV Poland" A concept for the Bialowieza Forest (Poland)


The photo from the archive
A team of the experts created at the Office of the President have today presented a concept, not yet a project, of protection of the Bialowieza Forest (Poland). The scientists presented it for the foresters and local self-governments. The question of mutual understanding was for the first time.

The presented concept bases upon creation of a large national park. The Park will cover the entire area of the Bialowieza Forest. However, this Park should be friendly towards the people, both the tourists and, first of all, locals. It is planned to divide the Park into four zones. Only about the one fifth of the territory of the Forest will be a strict reserve. A half of the forest area could be of free access to all, both the tourists and locals. There will be no any interdictions regarding picking mushrooms or berries.

Wood for needs of the inhabitants can be extracted in the third zone. It is planned that this zone will cover the one fourth of the Bialowieza Forest. The rest of the territory that is close to villages and farms will be completely open, without any restrictions.

The new concept of protection of the Bialowieza Forest provides construction of roads, educational centres, development of tourism including outside the village of Bialowieza, and support to small firms making local production. The State Forests have yet not wanted to comment the project, as it still early.

The local governments from the area of the Bialowieza Forest were not incited against for the first time.

The inhabitants of the Bialowieza Forest's region protested each time when the question was about the Park's extension. They were afraid to lose ware market and jobs. The next year will be clear about whether the nature conservators will be able to make change their mind that nothing threatens them.

Joanna Gawel
October 25, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" The resolution of a meeting of the foresters with the representatives of the President of the Republic of Poland

From 19th to 20th October, 2006 on the initiative of the foresters a meeting concerning the future of the Bialowieza Forest (Poland) was held. Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka (Deputy Minister, Minister of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland), Bozena Opiola (Director of the Bureau of Public Initiatives of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland), Ryszard Kapuscinski (Deputy Director General of State Forests), Konrad Tomaszewski (Chief-Analyst of the State Forests), Zbigniew Godlewski (Director of RDLP in Bialystok), Professor Aleksander Sokolowski (Chairman of the Public-Scientific Council of the Forest Promotion Complex "Bialowieza Forest"), Professor Bogdan Brzeziecki (Forest Department of the Head School of the Wiejskie enterprise, and the representatives of local government – Village Headman Wlodzimierz Pietroczuk and heads of local area units of the region of Bialowieza Forest took part in the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to show to the representatives of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland the today's form of protection and economic activity in the Bialowieza Forest.

The Bialowieza Forest follows conducting diverse functions - nature protection, tourism and recreation, science and education, as well as public and economic ones, including harvesting wood that corresponds to needs of the local population and matches the public opinion.

After coordination there was decided to present an alternative project in relation to a project prepared by a Team of the President of Poland and to submit it during a meeting in the Marshal Management in Bialystok which will held on October 25 this year. This Team has prepared the project of the law which regulates the status of natural and cultural heritage of the Bialowieza Forest and guarantees the balanced development of all functions of the wood in the Bialowieza Forest, with the special stress to a new function – green gas CO2' accumulation.

Marek Taradejna
RDLP, Bialystok
October 20, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" Bison to deliver to France

A vehicle with seven bison has today departed the Bialowieza National Park (Poland) to go to France. A group comprising five males from a Niepolomicy's herd will be delivered to a reservation in Andon Thorenc near Nice, Director of the Bialowieza National Park Jozef Popiel has informed.

This is not the first transportation of bison from Poland to France. The same action was taken a year ago. Bison will be placed in the reservation which covers the area of 700 hectares. The tourists can see the animals there. The reservation is under private managing, in cooperation with the Union of Wild Animals' Service and under supervision of the local authorities.
October 15, 2006 Website News Service Professor to fire from Belovezhskaya Pushcha

On October 02, Professor of Biology Evgeny Busco who occupied a post of Deputy Director on Science was dismissed from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The official formulation of the reason of the dismissal was "in connection with the expiring a labour contract". Evgeny Busco worked at the post for a one year.

Evgeny Busco is famous in Belarus as an expert on pollution. From 1992 to 1995, he as an employee of the Belarusian Botanical Garden took part in the "Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest Biodiversity Conservation" Project financed by the Global Ecological Fund. After its ending he and the co-authors published the scientific article "Pollution Risk Estimation of Forests Ecosystems in Belovezhskaya Pushcha" (in Russian). Evgeny Busco then changed his job to be employed in the Brest State University. He became a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" last years and since 2005 Evgeny Busco has signed a labour contract for the period of one year (few of the employees are bound with a labour contract for the longer term in the National Park) and has then headed a scientific department and research jobs.

The employment of Professor Evgeny Busco in Belovezhskaya Pushcha became a kind of the great event for the National Park, on a background of acute shortage of the skillful staff. The Park's administration had placed their certain hopes on him because the research activity required to be seriously reformed and improved and the Park's scientific department suffered from a sharpest crisis.

However, according to the opinion of the locals of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a scandal happened in August of this year prevented the high hopes of scientific revival. Let's remind that at that time Evgeny Busco met Valery Dranchuk, journalist and activist for protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in the scientific department of the National Park. Valery Dranchuk was detained by the Park guard after the meeting and was actually thrown out the Park's territory. A protocol with a record, absurd from the legislative point of view, on administrative infringement of the rules of visiting the Park's territory, or more precisely speaking, the territory of a sawmill which recently became an administrative centre of the Park, was drawn up towards Valery Dranchuk. After this case, according to the locals, Evgeny Busco was said "to equip the clothes and other things and to go away to where from he has come".

At the same time Biology PhD Anna Dengubenko, pensioner and recently Deputy Director on Science of the National Park, was invited to take a post of a senior major researcher of the scientific department. By the way, the local independent experts consider Anna Dengubenko one of those people who mostly contributed to destruction of the wild nature and relic forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the last fife years, and most consistently defended and "scientifically" covered the activity by the present administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" against the wilderness".

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An expert's comment

The dismissal of the scientist with a Biology Professor's degree is not today something unordinary, illogical or extra-surprising in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The dismissal of the staff from the National Park has become a common practice conducted by the Park's administration for the last five years. Some time ago very many people, including disciplined, respectable, honest and skilful experts who worked in Pushcha for tens of years, had been thrown out the jobs in absence of any reasons, like bundles of useless paper for recycling. I cannot precisely say how many orders on dismissal were made in a staff department of the National Park for the last fife years. But I do not doubt that their amount is already over thousands. Thus, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is simply turned to "an entrance-gate court yard" where the casual people of a different sort hold sway.

However, the dismissal of this Professor comprises two moral aspects.

Firstly, this incident once again very clearly demonstrates for everyone that even very skilful experts, not mention about the ordinary workers and the people, are considered by the present Park's Director Nickolai Bambiza and the covering him top-officials simply a dust. Such kind of the treatment can only be towards the dust, not the people. There is a whish – let's rake up making a heap. There is another whish – let's throw out. It's important to note that a man have no any rights and opportunities for legal self-defense from this arbitrariness. This is because a system of legal mayhem and nihilism is created in the country. It is also important to notice that, if to compare enterprises, for example, in the Kamenetz district, the biggest legal cynicism is a characteristic for the body subordinated to the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus. And this points to many important things.

Secondly, this dismissal is again a kind of the test of morality, self-respect and honour of the Belarusian scientists and intelligentsia. Unfortunately, the test has again shown a serious deficiency of the qualities called above. Agree, one matter is when, for example, Mr. Jury Grechanik, former head of the guard of the National Park, left the Park after the next humiliation keeping self-respect and saying "a matter of honour" (read the news "A matter of honour: head of the guard of the National Park leaves his job". And then he helped the activists for protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, reporters and law-enforcement agencies to struggle against this arbitrariness. And the completely another matter is when the Professor, let's consider, got actually spat in his face, has wiped it and … has silently gone to look for the other job. Agree that the difference is obvious.

So maybe, have the people in Belarus deserved to be treated to them like to dust? OK, let us suppose that the scientist had "pink glasses" concerning the situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha when he came here to get a job. This is because one matter is to come from the city of Brest to a beautiful forest once or twice per year in order to take part in banquets and to listen to the gentle for hearing toasts after a next session of the Scientific and Technical Council. But another matter is to get involved into the daily and uneasy life and problems of this forest and the staff. Let us suppose that the former job of the scientist was not closely connected to the wildness protection science and he, therefore probably, got any gaps regarding this scientific field. However, after the man got known what all "delights" of the present administrative management feel like, but he continues to think that a bottom-official is guilty to all, instead of the system which is behind him… And he continues to consider that the defense of personal honour and furthermore Belovezhskaya Pushcha is alike "to swat a fly with a sledgehammer …" Being also afraid of acknowledging that the system consists of all of us together and that the existence of this system directly depends on our indifferent attitude and a lack of activity to reform it. What's more possible to add here? I think all is clear.

Nevertheless, the problem raised above is not so simple. I plan, therefore, to return in the near future to its discussion using more detailed and deep platform.

In this comment I only want to note the fact that the science in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is now in the conditions which are better to characterize by a phrase "a patient is neither alive, nor dead ". It means that the scientific department, certainly, exists as an official body. Any people go there to work. They do, write and publish something. They get a salary. But the science, in a true sense of this word, is absent there. If the scientific department of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will tomorrow be liquidated, no one in Belarus will notice this disappearance, not mention about a world science. This is because the activity of these people has actually near no effect for conservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in any way. There are no actual and valuable results of the researches. That means that the true situation is like Belovezhskaya Pushcha with its overall problems exists in itself, while the scientific department which should solve these problems is also separated from Pushcha. The department represents a kind of the screen or blind to cover and hidden all of awful and impartial things and mockery towards the protected relic nature provided by the present administration of the National Park.

The work of the scientific department of Belovezhskaya Pushcha actually needs to be DEEPLY and QUALITATIVELY reorganized. The purpose should become the REAL solving the problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the REAL brining these decisions into a practice, instead of imitation of all of these. To achieve this purpose, the simple increasing the quantity of the scientific publications or the faster preparing the useless dissertations are obviously not enough. To reach this purpose, the RADICAL and QUALITATIVE changing the scientific theme with its TRANSITION TO THE BASE OF WILDNESS PROTECTION and WILDNESS SCIENCE are necessary, not simply changing the title of the scientific topics. The wide cooperation with all interested parties including the public is necessary, instead of purely departmental approach. Unfortunately, there was observed nothing similar in the scientific department of Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the last year to what I said. Therefore, in my opinion, the bases for "high" expectations of revival of the science in Belovezhskaya Pushcha both were absent, and continue to be absent.

Heorhi Kazulka, Ph.D of Biology
Coordinator of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21 Century's Project
October 12, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" A new album about Bialowieza Forest

Poland. One can find newest information with a gallery of numerous pictures devoted to the Bialowieza Forest and the Bialowieza National Park in an album which is issued in the publishing house "Forest" this year.

Publication of the album is dated to coincide with 85th celebration of creation of the Bialowieza National Park. The authoritative people who show both riches of forest nature and a history of protection of the oldest European lowland wood are the authors of the album. The album has an introductory word by Jozef Popiel, Director of the BNP, while the general description was prepared by Professor Simona Kossak. Unique pictures made by famous photographers are placed in the album. The album, except for the Polish language, has also English version. It can be bought in shops of the Bialowieza National Park, in the Museum of Nature and Bison-show reserve in the village of Bialowieza, and on the pages of the BNP's website.

The Belarusian authorities willingly contribute to development of the region of Belovezhskaya Director Jozef Popiel of the BNP said that the album will be a souvenir in honour of the Park's anniversary. "This is the excellent edition in order to make the Bialowieza Forest and the region popular", Jozef Popiel said. It is of documentary and educational importance. I am glad of great success of the album because the tourists are always looking for something new what they didn't see yet. The interesting composition, the popular text presented in the scientific form, as well as perfect photos, all of these will attract the visitors to the Bialowieza Forest.

The edition called "A National Park in the Bialowieza Forest" was financially contributed by the Brewing company "S.A" from the city of Poznan and the Bank PKO S.A.

The source of information: website www.hajnowka.pl
October 08, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza Chinese tourists in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

For two days a delegation from China which consisted of the representatives of travel companies and diplomats spent in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The main purpose of the visit was acquaintance with ecological tourism in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The Chinese visitors visited a Museum of Nature in the village of Kamenyuki and a residence of Grandfather Frost. They were also given a concert of the local folklore group "Pushchanka".

The Belarusian authorities willingly contribute to development of the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and search for new contacts behind the borders of Belarus. One of the examples of such the cooperation is a border crossing "Pererov" which serve tourists and connect Belarus with Poland.

The source of information: website www.brest-region.by
06.10.2006 Website "BDG On-line" Belarus and Poland will submit documents to inscribe the August Channel on a UNESCO List

In the late 2006 – early 2007 Belarus and Poland plan to submit documents to the World Cultural Heritage Conservation Committee in Durban (SAR) to inscribe unique hydraulic engineering installations of the first third of XIX century at the August Channel on a UNESCO's List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Deputy head of the Department on Conservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture Igor Chernyavskiy informed BelaPAN News Agency about this event.

He said that the Baelarusian and Polish experts have prepared the file "The August Channel is a product of man and nature" which will be submitted to the Committee. After the file will be received, the experts of the Committee will visit Belarus and Poland in order to prepare the relevant conclusion. This document and our file will become a basis for consideration of possibility to include the object in the UNESCO's prestigious List, Igor Chernyavskiy said. According to him, all materials of the file are now under examination in Poland and they should reach the Committee till February 01, 2007.

Among the monuments of national architecture which are the prime candidates for inclusion in the UNESCO's prestigious List, Igor Chernyavskiy called the Brest fortress, Palace-Park in the city of Gomel, as well as Sofia Cathedral and Spaso-Preobrazhenskaya Church in the city of Polotsk (Vitebsk region). The Kolozhskaya Church in the city of Grodno, cult military installations in the areas of Murovanka (Shchuchinskiy district of Grodno region), of Synkovichi (Zelvenskiy district of the Grodno region), of Kamai (Postavskiy district of Vitebsk region) and of Chernavchitsy (Brest region), wooden temples of Polessie area and a part of the metropolitan Independence Avenue (from Independence Square to Masherov's Avenue and Kozlov's street) are also the perspective candidates for inclusion, Igor Chernyavskiy noted.

The August Channel represents a system of waterways, rivers, lakes and navigable and water-supplying sluices connected with them. The primary applicability of the Channel which was laid as a way for transportation and connected the rivers Vistula and Neman right up to the Baltic Sea is lost today. The source of the Channel is on the Polish area originated from the lake of Servy nearby the city of Augustov. The overall length of the Channel makes 102 km, 21 of which pass by the lands of Belarus.

It's known that four objects from Belarus – Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Mir Castle, Radzivily's residence in Nesvizh and Struve's Arch - are on the UNESCO's List.

Information source: Naviny.by
October 05, 20065 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza Training: Lynxes are the forest cats

Poland. A training within the framework of the Project "Puszcza for Bicycles" which is carried out by nongovernmental nature protection organization "WWF Poland" together with LO from DNJB (the town of Hajnowka) is organized.

Poland is one of the few countries in Europe which can brag of the fact that the Lynxes live in its territory. The Lynx is a protected species. The numbers of the Lynxes does not increase while their habitat area appreciably decreases. Until recently a common knowledge concerning this predator was based on national legends and hunting jokes. The problem of the Lynx's protection is connected with a small number of their population. The death of even single specimen is therefore an appreciable loss.

How to protect these unusual predators, what are the main threats for the life of Lynx in the Bialowieza Forest and what are the truth and myths concerning biology of these animals, all of these can be learned by visiting the training organized within the framework of the project "Puszcza for Bicycles" which is carried out by organization "WWF Poland" together with LO from DNJB (Hajnowka).

The project is financed from the European Fund for Regional Development within the framework of the Program of Neighborhood Poland-Belarus-Ukraine (INTERREG IIIA/Tacis CBC 2004-2006), and from the means of the State budget under supervision of the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The training began on October 5, 2006 in the Department of the Mammals' Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the village of Bialowieza (Poland). Krzysztof Schmidt, connoisseur of this problem and great fan of these perfect animals, holder of a master's degree, leads the training.

The source of information: website www.hajnowka.pl
October 02, 2006 Website "Naviny.by" First National TV channel to begin showing a film in several parts "National parks of Belarus"

Since October 2 First National TV channel began showing a film in several parts "National parks of Belarus" by the Agency of TV-news of the Belarusian TV-Radio Association (ATN). Each part of the film is a separate story about one of the unexplored sites of the Belarusian nature where no one man stepped across their area, BelaPAN New Agency informed.

"National parks of Belarus" is an original project by ATN which authors are Denic Kurian and Inga Khrushcheva, reporters of the news service.

The overall objective of the project is to show to the television viewers a virgin and untouched nature of Belarus, "ideal reserve", and unique natural phenomena which occur in such the places. Human access is forbidden there because natural processes are going and all is born and dies by laws of nature there. This kind of zones is available in the each of the national parks. The authors of the project are convinced of not all Belarusians, especially the tourists are aware of existence of these places.

The parks are shown in various seasons. All films have been shot in different Belarusian national parks, among which Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Narochanski, Pripyatski and Braslav Lakes national parks, and Berezinski Biosphere Reserve.

First five films ("The summer in the Pripyatski", "The Naroch. Unexplored vicinities", "Secrets of the Braslav Lakes", "The Belarusian safari", "The Berezinskaya biosphere") will tell about "secret paths", "unique points", routes difficult of access, and phenomena of the Belarusian nature.

All of us have got used to be resting in open air, Denic Kurian has noted. Many think that we already saw everything in our Belarusian country. So, our purpose is to show that not all was visible. It is also important that the unexplored places are near to us.

BelaPAN News Agency