NEWS ARCHIVE: OCTOBER 2008

October 28, 2008 Website "V OTPUSK.RU" Belovezhskaya Pushcha offers new routes and excursions for tourists devoted to the 600th anniversary since first nature protection

New routes and excursions have appeared on the map of Belarus: the novelties are offered for tourist groups in the cities of Pinsk, Polotsk, Bobruisk and in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It was said to the BelTA News Agency in the Department on Tourism of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus. Three of six routes are devoted to the 600th anniversary since first nature protection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They are called "To visit the Belarusian Grandfather Frost" (Minsk – Belovezhskaya Pushcha), "In the primordial nature world", an excursion to natural history for children of preschool and school age, as well as "To the Grandfather Frost's Manor". The city of Pinsk offers the excursion "The Polessie Wreath", the city of Polotsk - "Along the Western Dvina River on the trail "From Varangians to Greeks" and the city of Bobruisk offers "The Bobruisk Pictures". The routes will be presented on November 5, during the first day of the International tourist exhibition "2008 Tour Business".

The exhibition "2008 Tour Business" which will be organized in Minsk between November 5 and 8, 2008, will please visitors not only with presentation of the new routes. Tens of tourist companies annually present at the forum the most perspective directions in the field of the country-in and country-out tourism and inform about how to get sport, adventure, recreation, children's and family rest.

The exposition of the future exhibition, certainly, will expand the knowledge of visitors not only about famous foreign resorts but also about the most beautiful Belarusian corners where one can have a rest at any time of the year. National parks "Narochanski", "Braslav Lakes", "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and "Pripyatski", the Berezinski Biosphere Reserve and many others will present their offers at the exhibition. There are such well-known companies in the impressive list of the Belarusian participants as "BelInturist", "Dortour", "Atlant Tour", "SMOKtravel", "Top-Tour" and others. More than 130 companies from 14 countries will take part in this big specialized forum.
October 28, 2008 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 202 A dreamer from Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Vyacheslav Semakov, former deputy director of the National Park, accepts today congratulations from relatives and colleagues. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukasjenko has signed a decree on rewarding him a Frantsisco Skarina medal. The award is especially important as it was given on the eve of celebration of the 600th anniversary since establishment of the protected status of the forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Vyacheslav Semakov knows this forest in the best way possible. Being a PhD of biology, he has greatly contributed to development of scientific approaches in conservation of the relic forest. He as an expert of local lore has also opened many interesting pages of its history and has written a number of the fascinating books. The last of them called "Dream about the primeval forest" was published in Germany.

Fedor Mukha
October 21, 2008 Website "The Second National TV-Channel (ONT)" Belovezhskaya Pushcha to be ready for climate change

This should be done that to rescue a unique flora of the reserve from unexpected natural anomalies.

Scientists say that climatic changes are already common in Belarus. And because of this the water balance should artificially be adapted for each tree species in the forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Hydrological posts will be created to provide control for the level of subsoil waters. This will help avoid problems connected with drying or defective growth of plants.

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is a unique for Europe forest area. The age of some trees is more than 600 years.
October 21, 2008 Website "Alpha Radio" Belarusian ecologists have begun to adapt the forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha to climate change

Adaptation of the forestry to provide a set of drainage-irrigation measures is already typical for Belarus. The subsoil water balance should be adapted for each tree species; differently problems connected with drying, insufficient and defective growth of plants are appearing. It is also important to know how much precipitation is in the area in order to provide control for the situation concerning the subsoil water level.
October 14, 2008 Website "BelaPAN" The management plan for Belovezhskaya Pushcha to be ratified at the national level within one month

Minsk, October 14. The management plan for Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the next 10 years should be ratified at the national level within one month, Dmitriy Bernatskiy, deputy director on science of the National Park, informed the BelaPAN News Agency.

Let's remind the management plan is necessary for prolongation of the validity of a European Diploma granted to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". This Diploma is a prestigious award given for national parks and reserves to get success in the field of nature protection. Belovezhskaya Pushcha has received it in 1997 for successes in conservation of wild nature.

The Belarusian party had to submit the National Park's management plan in October of 2007 to the session of the CE Committee on Conservation of Biological and Landscape Diversity. However, it was failed to prepare the plan in that term. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has submitted a letter to the CE Committee in which the reasons of the delay of preparation of the plan were explained. There was also affirmed that nature protection and economic activity in Belovezhskaya Pushcha meet all requirements and recommendations of the Council of Europe.

The Committee has taken the explanations of the Belarusian party into consideration and has rescheduled discussions on this issue for November of 2007, and then for spring of 2008. On March 17, the decision was accepted in Strasbourg resulting from the session of a CE experts' group on Diploma award, to prolong the CE Diploma after the management plan for the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" will be authorized at the national level.

Dmitriy Bernatskiy has said that the process to coordinate the prepared plan with the CE experts is now in progress. The experts should make sure that the document is "in compliance with the European standards and completely satisfies with its purpose". To confirm it, a draft text of the plan was sent to the CE Committee on Conservation of Biological and Landscape Diversity in the late summer and the experts made some remarks concerning the document.

"The remarks concern the design. For example, it is recommended to shift chapters, something to reduce, something to add. They have no claims to the content of the plan because we understand the situation better", Dmitriy Bernatskiy has noted. He said that the Council of Europe has also sent on mission to Belovezhskaya Pushcha the Bulgarian expert Lyudmila Dimitrova specializing in drawing up the plans and she helped to make corrections. The corrected version of the plan will again be submitted to the CE experts in the near future.

Anastasia Yanushevskaya
October 14, 2008 BP-21 Website News Service Photo-Kaleidoscope

Beautiful photos of the Bialowieza Forest (Poland)

If clicking this link (http://flickr.com/photos/8104587@N08/sets/72157600162830251/) you can open 43 beautiful photos of wild nature of the Bialowieza Forest, its Polish part. They show not so much the forest and the nature as the spirit of the Bialowieza Primeval Forest.

October 08, 2008 "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 189 An undocumented immigrant-bicyclist

He was detained by the Brest frontier guards when an attempt to get into Poland.

To look for best opportunities and to open personal talents, a 44-year-old bum was going to the European Union countries. He has confessed that he has reached the railway station of the city of Pinsk. Then he has cycled through the city of Brest to Belovezhskaya Pushcha as far as possible from populous places.

The alarm signal at the control board of the Kamenyuki frontier post was received approximately at 5.00 p.m. The frontier guards have quickly found and have detained the infringer.

I do not know for what the man expected, chief of the information and propaganda branch of the department of ideology of the Brest frontier division Alexander Kislov is perplexed. He had no troubles to throw the collapsible bicycle through the signal wire entanglement but how to get over himself...

The major Kislov do not remember bicyclists among the infringers of the state border for his 19 year job practice. If the documents of the Russian citizen are well, he could have no problems to cross the border through the simplified passing point designed for bicyclists, including the "Pererov-Bialowieza" in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which, by the way, is located at the next frontier post. However, because the bum had no documents at all and he attempted to cross the border in the forbidden place, he was arrested and was placed in a temporary isolator for the term before ending the investigation.

Irina Orlova
October 03, 2008 "Zarya" (The Dawn) newspaper Welcome to Belarus

The Belarusian Ministry of Sport and Tourism is preparing a big program on attraction of foreign tourists to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The Polish partners and the International Tourist Organization will help Belarusians advertise the Pushcha in Europe. Cheslav Shulga, Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus, has informed journalists about it at the recent press conference in Minsk. New routes across the area of Pinsk Polesie and the seasonal resort "Polissie Antiquity which will be created on base of the village of Kudrichi are also among new tourist products.