NEWS ARCHIVE: NOVEMBER 2006

November 30, 2006 Website "Eco-portal (Russia)" Victor Yanukovich "I didn't shoot a Belarusian wild boar"

Victor Yanukovich, Prime Minister of the Ukrainian government, has declared that he did not hunt for a wild boar and elk in a Belarusian reserve. The head of the Ukrainian government has said that on Saturday, when the people all over Ukraine prayed for victims of a genocide of 1930th, he "has put a candle in the Belarusian village of Yanuki for those who was lost from Starvation-death of those times".

Victor Yanukovich has come to the Belarusian village to raise in memory of his relatives who earlier lived there.

The "Telegraph" Agency earlier informed that the heads of the Belarusian and Ukrainian governments have arranged hunting in the Belarusian reserve. Ukrainian Prime-Minister with his Belarusian colleague has successfully hunted in the National Park "Braslav Lakes" which area is subordinated to the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich as an inveterate hunter was lucky because he has shot a wild boar.

At the same time, the UNIAN Info-Agency informed that the leader of the Ukrainian government actually intended to hunt for elk to get a valuable trophy - head with antlers. However, it proved to be that the animals have already throw off their antlers for this season.

To plan the official trip to Belarus, Victor Yanukovich has taken his hunting guns. Belarusian customs officers have allowed the head of the Ukrainian government to bring them.

"It was necessary to explain to the frontier guards why fowling pieces together with pistols of bodyguard will be transported without registration", one of the employees of the Ukrainian embassy has explained.

"It’s true that two covers for hunting guns were unloaded from a plane but their inside was unknown", the reporters accompanying the Prime Minister have confirmed the fact of transportation of hunting guns to Belarus for Victor Yanukovich's needs.

The source: Telegraf.by

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November 29, 2006 Dispatch of the Ukrainian Coalition "For Wild Nature" Mr. Yanukovich denies the fact of killing a Belarusian wild boar

Victor Yanukovich, Prime Minister of the Ukraine, denies that he shot a wild boar during his hunting in Belarus in a Starvation-Death Day. "The Ukrainian Truth" newspaper wrote on Wednesday that the head of the government has declared he did not see any wild boars.

It was earlier informed that on last Saturday while a Starvation-Death Day for memory of victims in Ukraine, Mr. Yanukovich together with Belarusian Prime0020Minister Sergey Sidorskiy has gone for hunting to the National Park "Braslav Lakes". They has allegedly killed a wild boar there weighing about 500 kilograms.

It was noted that Mr. Yanukovich wanted to kill an elk in Belarus to get a head with antlers horns as a trophy but, to disappointment of the Prime Minister, local elks have already throw off antlers for the winter.

According to Mr. Yanukovich, in this day he has visited the Belarusian village of Yanuki from which the ancestors of the Ukrainian Prime Minister are originated and he "has put a candle there for those who were lost due to Starvation-death events.

Source: Lenta.ru
November 30, 2006 "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper Lynxes do not allow to get out of a Red Data Book

There are plans to shoot lynxes (listed in a Red Data Book) in the area of a local Forest Game-Hunting Ground of the Rossonsky district. The experts of the Ministry of nature protection consider that this action will allow making the quantity of lynxes "more optimal".

For the present the experts of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection have given "OK" for shooting only ten males because it will allow reaching more optimum number of lynxes. This very beautiful and strong predator finds itself to feel quite free in woods of the Ground last years and actually kills a lot of animals and birds for feeding that considerably reduces their amount. The only experts of the Ground will hunt in the period up to the middle of April.

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November 29, 2006 Website "Naviny.by" Plans to reduce the number of lynxes in the Rossonsky forest enterprise

The Rossonsky Forest Game-Hunting Ground (the Vitebsk region) has obtained for the first time a sanction from the Ministry of nature protection to eliminate European lynx, listed in a Red Data Book, from the hunting lands. Oleg Mihnevich, Head of the Department of State Control for Land, Forest, Animal and Flora Protection and Use and Waste Utilization of the Vitebsk Regional Committee of Natural Resources and Environment Protection informed the BelTA Information Agency about it.

The elimination of animals from natural habitat is because of the population of the predators which has considerably increased in the number for the last two year, the interlocutor explained. The Rossonsky Forest Game-Hunting Ground which covers the area of about 60,000 hectars today totals 40 lynxes. Such the large density of animals causes a significant damage to the Ground - the population of white hare (lepus) and capercailye (wood-grouse) which are objects for hunting and serve the food for lynxes has decreased.

The Rossonsky forest enterprise is allowed to eliminate ten males by means of shooting. The time for hunting of the animals is limited in the period between December 1 and April 15. Oleg Mihnevich emphasized that a hunting manager of the enterprise will only shoot the lynxes. The extracted animals will be delivered to the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for further study and investigations. The Regional Committee of Natural Resources and Environment Protection will supervise elimination of lynxes in the Rossonsky forest enterprise.

Oleg Mihnevich noted that the hunting managers of the Rossonsky forest enterprise, at request from reserves, protected areas and zoos, are ready to extract lynxes by means of catching and further resettlement to new territories.

According to the last inventory, 150 European lynxes inhabit the hunting lands of the Vitebsk region.
November 30, 2006 Website "Naviny.by" The embassy of Belarus in Poland to hold a seminar-presentation in Warsaw to show tourist opportunities in Belarus

On November, 29 under the initiative of the embassy of Belarus in Poland, a seminar-presentation of tourist opportunities of Belarus was taken place in the Embassy's Belarus hall.

The Belarusian party was represented by delegations from Grodno Regional Executive Committee, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", tourist operators and mass-media of Belarus. In total about 100 participants were present.

Besides, film screening about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, presentation of the tourist zone "Pinsk Polessie", and historical routes of the Mogilev region connected to the Belarusian and Polish history has been organized.

During the seminar the presentation of a photo-exhibition by the famous Belarusian photographer Alexander Lasminskiy devoted to the August Channel has taken place.

In conclusion of the seminar the Belarusian and Polish tour-operators have concluded contracts and have taken personal meetings and negotiations in order to identify prospects for cooperation in tourism and investment fields.

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Published in the short-cut form at the BP-21 website, the editor's note
November 30, 2006 Website "Naviny.by" Stanislav Shushkevich: the Belovezha Agreements to be signed while each was sober

On the eve of 15-th anniversary of the signing the Belovezha Agreements (on December, 8, 1991) Stanislav Shushkevich, one of those who signed them, has given an interview to the Ukrainian News Agency "UNIAN". The head of Belarus of those times has declared that "creation of the CIS has become the main event occurred in Minsk fifteen years ago because the Soviet Union has actually collapsed much earlier".

In opinion of Mr. Shushkevich, "The USSR President Michael Gorbachev began this disorder. He could not offer the Allied Agreement acceptable to all USSR countries and, thus, he also wanted to perform the function, including presidential one, of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPSU and did not agree to make confederation which would be logical to do in March, 1991. Instead, he has offered a text of the new Allied Agreement which was absolutely unacceptable because it actually approved the Soviet Union in which President Michael Gorbachev would replace the Political Bureau. We who have signed the Belovezha Agreements were simply enough of courage to ascertain that it has taken place".

Stanislav Shushkevich is very much proud of what he has made in those times. He has also admitted that three months ago he considered it the main achievement of his life. "But now I think that the main of my successes was moving away from the territory of Belarus the nuclear weapon and rockets which I was able to do without any preliminary requests for indemnification. I have counted it as my achievements after Northern Korea has tested any "small" bomb. Let's remind that we had eighty one up-to-date rockets, including nine ones with divided nuclear war-heads. The fact that it has been taken out and has not fallen into hands of the today's Belarusian governors is a guarantee for serene life in Europe. I consider the creation of the CIS the second achievement".

Andrei LOBANOV

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Published in the very short-cut form at the BP-21 website, the editor's note
November 24, 2006 Website "Evening Novosibirsk" The photo annals of an imperial family


Emperor and the tsar's son at a coast
of the river Dnepr, 1915
On December, 8 in the Showroom of the Novosibirsk Art Museum an exhibition of photos "Last days of the Romanov's family" by Swiss Pierre Zhiljar will be opened.

Pierre Zhiljar, author of unique documentary photographs, as a teacher of five imperial children has lived for thirteen years at the Russian imperial court in the beginning of XX century. His basic duty was training the tsar's son Alexey Nikolaevich. Pierre Zhiljar permanently fixed everyday lives of the imperial family making a film as a hobby. His photos are far of official portraits. The pictures show the Romanov Tsar playing with the son, working in a kitchen garden, sawing fire wood or enjoying together with the children the first beams of the sun.


Olga, Tatyana, Maria and Anastasia.
Bialowieza Forest. The autumn of 1913
The history passes over in silence regarding how the Swiss as a person in very attendance at the Emperor has managed to avoid execution. After tragic events in the city of Ekaterinburg Pierre Zhiljar lived in Russia till 1920 and actively took part in investigation of circumstances of the imperial family's death. Later he has taken out from Russia hundreds photos about everyday lives of the family of the last Russian emperor and has published a book of memoirs about the life close to the imperial family. During the so-called Pseudo-Anastasia action Pierre Zhiljar was involved as a witness.

The State Center of Photos (Saint Petersburg) at support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia and General Consulate of Switzerland in Saint Petersburg represent a collection of photos by Pierre Zhiljar in Novosibirsk. The Russian onlookers will see some photo masterpieces by Pierre Zhiljar for the first time.

Acya SHUMILOVA
November 23, 2006 "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper A hearty meeting in a Grandfather Frost's residence

A unique meeting was held last week in Russia. The New Year's and Christmas personages from some near and far foreign countries and from Russian regions assembled there.

A birthday of Russian Grandfather Frost became the occasion for the meeting. Grandfather Frost, Santa Clause and other fairy tales' personages from Belarus, Finland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Sweden, Austria, Yakutia, Karelia and others countries / regions visited the Russian Grandfather Frost. They assembled together for the first time to exchange an experience and to announce that the work for celebratory events is begun. The visitors have visited the cities of Moscow, Vologda, and Great Ustyug, the last is a home for a residence of Russian Grandfather Frost, and have taken part in the international forum “2006 Grandfather Frost”. The Project “Great Ustyug is a Grandfather Frost's native land” is realized in Russia already for eight years. For this time the reputation of the owner of the fantastic residence has become very high.

The major Russian Grandfather Frost has called the Belarusian colleague from Belovezhskaya Pushchaa brother's name. He has kindly envied the owner of a residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in which territory there is a 42-meter spruce tree, the largest in Europe.

However, the participants spent the most time of the meeting to discus their important magic businesses connected with children requests and letters. "We can give happiness, goodness, and peace for hundreds of millions of people to help avoid wars, conflicts and epidemics".

Responding to these challenges, the New Year's and Christmas heroes have appealed to all representatives of the fantastic worlds with a text which the Belarusian Grandfather Frost has been entrusted with giving publicity. The appeal has a call to help children all over the Earth with realization of useful, kind and nice plans.

After coming back the Belarusian Grandfather Frost has begun preparation for a meeting with famous visitors. The Finnish Santa Clause, major western Christmas hero, will visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha the first of foreign colleagues. This so-called top-level meeting is planned for December, 3. After the end of New Year's festivals the Christmas characters from other countries are going to visit the residence of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost. Appropriate invitations have already been made at the forum “2006 Grandfather Frost”.

The Belarus Grandfather Frost Project is younger for some years compared with the Russian one. It lasts only for three years. However, the fact is that interest to this project shows the permanent growth both in Belarus and abroad. Galina Zaburjanova, Manager of the Sector of Tourism at the Property Management Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus, informed that over 170,000 people from 67 countries have visited the Belarusian Grandfather Frost's residence from the beginning of this project. There are plans essentially to expand the residence in the near future, namely to construct new objects for rest and entertainments, and qualitatively to update the excursion program. “The image of Grandfather Frost unites both adults and children with kindness and I am confident that it will keep this most basic quality for many years", the major personage from the fantastic residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha has told to journalists. "The people believe in this and everyone aspires to touch my beard and to think of desire”.

Well, time is already to begin thinking of our inmost desires. New Year is far off.

Eduard PIVOVAR
November 19, 2006 Website News Service The expert's comment: Any hunting in a national park is barbarity!

Any hunting in a national park is barbarity. The point is that both national parks and reserves (in Russia and CIS countries, the reserves are the absolute-strictly protected areas) are created first of all for the purpose of protection of wild nature and all living beings which are the part of this wild nature. In national parks a spirit of veneration for the life should reign, instead of a spirit of money-grubbing and maintenance of bloody medieval hunting instincts. In national parks, therefore, any hunting should be forbidden like, by the way, it was done in those countries - USA and Canada - which have given an idea of national parks for all the world.

As regards to shooting the animals listed in a Red Data Book and hunted "under special licenses" for selection or scientific purposes, for example bison, this, as a matter of fact, is simply a way for officials to circumvent the law. In practice this "selection" or "scientific" shooting is conducted by the top-officials, rich foreign bourgeois and other "fans" of nature to see it in the form of trophy. The public should therefore insist upon putting a ban on any shooting the species listed in the Red Data Book, It especially concerns of bison, unique natural treasure and a symbol of Belarus.

Vladimir Boreiko,
Director of Kiev Ecological and Cultural Centre, Ukraine
November 18, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 213 To a Grandfather Frost to celebrate the birthday

The Belarusian Grandfather Frost has departed from Belovezhskaya Pushcha this weekend to visit his Russian colleague in a residence Great Ustyug near the city of Vologda who is ten years of age in November. The delegation which also consists of experts on tourism have taken original gifts – a curved from wood bison, honey produced in Pushcha's bee-gardens, mushrooms and berries.

Fedor MUHA
November 18, 2006 "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 217 Go in prison because of hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha?

Foreigners have illegally shot two bison

Poachers have recently killed two deer, male and female in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Frontier guards have found skins of the animals. It seems that the hunters were not in a hurry because they slowly cut the carcasses. The Kamenetz district office of Internal Affairs has even announced about compensation for those who will help find the poachers.

A new incident suddenly happened – two bison, a female and its one-and-a-half-year-old little child, were shot in the Khvoynitskoye forest area which is on the territory of the Pruzhany district. Employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" have at once reported about the incident to the Ministry of Nature Protection.

I was informed in the State Inspection of Fauna and Flora Protection at the President that it's wrong to classify the incident as usual poaching because two hunter-foreigners had an overall package of documents on organization of so-called beater-involved hunting. But the target was deer and wild boar, not bison. European bison is listed in a National Red Data Book and its shooting is allowed only under a special license. Moreover, the animals with defects (old or ill) are only under permission to be shot. The employees of the forest area assert that the foreigners have given instructions concerning the rules of safety before the hunting and they were notified in advance that bison can often be met in this area. Is it really that the skilled hunters have confused bison with wild boar?

The penalty at a rate of 285 minimal financial taxes is for illegal shooting the bison. After the murder of the female and its kid happened, the proceedings under the Clause 282 "Illegal hunting" of the Criminal Code was instituted. A team of investigators is now working in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Valentina KOZLOVICH,
Photo by Artur PRUPAS
November 18, 2006 "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper Foreigners illegally to shoot animals but the Belarusians to eat them

The poachers who killed two bison, female and its one-and-a-half-year-old little kid, were immediately found. They were two citizens of Switzerland. However, it is yet unclear who of the foreigners was the murderer. The language barrier prevents freely to talk.

A team of foreign tourists from French, Swiss and Germany have come to Belovezhskaya Pushcha for hunting.

"The tourists have passed instructing and were given an overall package of documents permitting so-called beater-involved hunting. The foreigners were notified in advance that bison which can be an object of hunting not under any circumstances can often be met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Only wild boar and deer are possible for shooting. Bison is listed in the Red Data Book and it's possible to kill these animals only under a special license. And that not everyone but only ill or old ones", one of the employees of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has told.

An agency which concluded a contract on hunting with the Belarusian party must pay over ten thousand Euros for each killed bison, as well as seventeen and a half of millions Belarusian Roubles (~8,500 US $) to pay in the state budget for damage to nature.

An action is brought against the foreigners for illegal hunting. A team of investigators is now working in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Two killed bison, mum with the kid, were delivered to a cutting shop. Stuffed animals will be made from skins of the bison, while their meat is forwarded to the restaurant "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Visitors of the restaurant can test a dish called "Braised game" at the price of about ten thousand Roubles (~5 US $) for a helping.

A TELEPHONE CALL TO A HOTEL

We rang to the hotel in which the tourist-hunters live.

"Hello, can I talk to the citizens of Switzerland stayed in your hotel?"

"No, they are out for hunting and come back in the late evening", we were answered from the reception.

Alexandra Sluckaya
November 17, 2006 "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 254-255 Deer to be better...

Ten adult deer and fife young ones are now in Petrovichi forest area of the Kobrin experimental timber enterprise. Dappled deer are kept there for the four years. New populations of red deer will be created in the territory of the Lepel timber enterprise of the Vitebsk region and of the Ostrovets timber enterprise of the Grodno region. The employees of the Laboratory of Mammals of the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus have investigated vegetation as a food for deer available in these forests and have given "OK" to move pilot herds of animals (each of forty specimens) from Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

According to Petr Kozlo, head of the Laboratory, enclosures covering the area of 250 to 300 hectares will be constructed to keep and tend deer for the first two or three years that to be released them after.

The population of red deer in Belarus totals 5,500 to 6,000 animals. This is much lower than in Poland (92,000) or Lithuania (15,000 to 16,000). Meanwhile, a red deer is not only one of most beautiful animal of our country but also serves to be a valuable object for hunting. For example, hunters pay about 2,000 to 3,000 Euros for a trophy (a skull with horns of red deer) in Poland.

In Belarus preservation and reaching the population of deer is supported and is financed by the Program of development of hunting industry for 2006 to 2015 years. The long-term plans are to settle red deer, fallow-deer and moufflon from Belovezhskaya Pushcha in order to increase the number of their populations and to make the game richer in the country. The scientific substantiation of moving dappled deer to the Pinsk timber enterprise is already complete.
November 07, 2006 Website "Podlasie Gate" The Bialowieza National Park wants to be bigger

The Bialowieza National Park wishes to create a buffer zone close to the Park's borders in the places where this zone is still absent.

This could prevent the plans of the local authorities from Bialowieza which wants to permit building on the Bialowieza Glade which is close to the strict reserve of the Bialowieza National Park (BNP).

The Province's Council of Nature Protection has supported the Park's point concerning this issue. Jozef Popiel, Director of the BNP has already addressed to the Minister of Nature Protection regarding changing the borders of the Buffer zone of the Park. The procedure can last many months. The Buffer zone services protection close to the borders of the National Park. Its creation aims to preserve the protected territory from external threats, for example because of human activity.

Now the Buffer zone of the BNP makes 3.200 hectares. It can be 536 hectares bigger (approximately 16 % more) to be enlarged to 3.700 ha. It can be doing from the side of the Bialowieza Glade which borders upon the strict reserve, and from the north side (the Masiewska Glade).

The building up of a part of the Bialowieza Glade provides advices from the self-government of Bialowieza and should be conducted according to a Local Plan which reflects conditions and directions of the economic development within the framework of a General Plan of the region of Bialowieza. Mr. Popiel has reminded that, by the way, the World Wide Fund for Nature Protection (WWF), the State Council of Nature Protection, the Committee of Nature Protection of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Scientific Council of the Bialowieza National Park have already expressed against these plans.

The opponents of the building in vicinities of the Bialowieza Glade argue that the construction on these places will bring a negative effect to nature including birds living in the reserve and changing the hydrological situation. They also emphasize that the building would negatively affect a landscape of the Bialowieza Glade turning it to become unduly urbanized. "The Park needs this buffer zone in any case", Mr. Popiel has added.

The Bialowieza National Park is an oldest Polish national park. In 2006 the Park celebrates its 85th anniversary. The Park is a refuge of bison. This is the last virgin wood on the European plain.
November 04, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" Do Bialowieza earn from tourism (Poland)?

Bialowieza grows prettier. One can criticize the new hotels and guest-houses for many things which, with some exception, ignore local traditions of architecture and building. However, the villagers have repaired old houses, have covered external sides of the walls with boards, not a plastic, have made flower garden and invite visitors into free rooms. Bialowieza attracts the tourists and can offer many services for them. As to the very changed shape of the villages, how much is it doing thanks to tourism? Do the visitants bring big money for the locals? Who earns from tourism here?

Bialowieza, from many points of view, is an atypical administrative area of Poland. Its glory is thanks to the Bialowieza Forest and its riches, especially bison. Forests cover 90 percents of this area. Soils are poor while wild animals willingly feeding on the fields make chances impossible to get good income from agriculture. The number of the permanent residents, like everywhere near the east border, regularly decreases. It had reduced from three to two and a half of thousand last years. The youth leaves this area. At the same time the National Park and research institutions which are located here concentrate the scientific staff and experts. Some of them have chosen this area for permanent addresses. Due to it, as one sometimes jocks, Bialowieza has a parameter the best in Poland concerning the highly educated inhabitants. The scope of interests of the "visitants" and "locals" is rather different and deficiency of mutual trust periodically makes itself felt.

The tourism has provided the peasants with a chance to get additional income. The people engage in rural tourism, work as the guides and serve the visitors with small horse-drawn carriages. The number of the horses in the area has sharply increased. Fields which had a lot of trouble to be protected from wild boars are replaced with meadows capable to support large or small herds of the horses with food. The high-standard hotels already mentioned above have also grown in Bialowieza last years. Some number of the locals has found a job there. The fact that their enlargement goes further testifies about good economic conditions in the area.

Tourism develops very fast. Does the local administrative unit gain a big benefit from this? "Not entirely", Head of the unit Anna Baiko says. Our earnings, 4.5 million Zlotys (~ $ 1.5 mln) in total, about 2 millions of which are running costs for school, comprise taxes and subsidies for education. The measurable income from tourism makes a small part of the budget. The agro-tourism when an owner serves no more than five rooms is considered the agricultural activity and is released from the tax. In 2005 we have gained about 60,000 Zlotys from the apartments and hotels. The owners of the Bialowieza hotels and restaurants are the people from abroad, first of all from Warsaw. They pay taxes there. We receive from them only an immovable property-tax, about 270,000 Zlotys. The largest hotels "Soplicowo" annually pays to us 32,000 Zlotys, "Bialowieski" – 97,000, "Zubrowka" pays 113,000 Zlotys for two objects. We gain low immovable property-taxes from forestry units and the National Park. A part of woodlands are both old and registered as valuable, or are younger than 40 years and released from the tax. The woods give no more then 300,000 Zlotys.

The local authorities, however, does not only collect taxes from tourism but also invest in it. It is impossible sometimes to differentiate who gain more from services. In 1992, for example payment for removal of rubbish from houses was stopped. In this simple way we could solve the problem concerning littering rubbish in surrounded woods. The inhabitants of the city of Bialystok are well aware of this problem when they meet heaps everywhere illegally delivered to the forest. The authorities annually invest 100,000 Zlotys to illuminate the streets. Light is burning all night long.

The income from tourism is counted in the Bialowieza National Park in another way. The Park provides its precise registration. Tickets to a museum, show-enclosures with wild animals and strict natural reserve (in 2005, in total about 250,000 tickets for visiting these three objects was bought), and souvenirs, photos and publishing production are sold.

A separate unit, subsidiary economy specializing on service of tourists and other different economic and nature protection works, exists in the Park, director Jozef Popiel explains. We have earned 1,600,000 Zlotys from tourism last year. All this money remains to be in the Park. The economy has brought no income and the budget was closed thanks to subsidies. 106 people are involved in the economy which provides a greatest amount of work places here and many services for local firms. I do not have any doubt that Bialowieza earns from the tourists coming to us.

It’s hard to argue against this. All benefits cannot be calculated and presented in the form of money, but the changes to the best are visible to the naked eye. The local people should be pleased with each visitor who not only sleeps or rents a bicycle here but even if he purchases something little.

The people are glad, however not all. Some scientists or ecologists, the last name is given by the locals to the scientists who are not from Bialowieza, would like not only to cover the entire territory of the Bialowieza Forest with strict protection but also considerably to limit the number of the visitors. "The people will trample down overall Bialowieza", they publicly complain. Since they do not depend on income from tourism in any way, the villagers living here from time immemorial consider them the hypocrites who would preferably throw out all people from here that to make possibilities for themselves quietly to worship microbes.

Nevertheless, a proposed for the Bialowieza Forest concept of development of tourism has a point about a diminution of traffic on the Bialowieza Glade by moving it as much as possible to the outskirts, creation a central junction point of paths and wider "gate to Bialowieza" in the town of Hajnowka, instead of Bialowieza. It sounds rationally but the distrust prompts to the locals for seeking out some malicious intentions.

However, it is obvious that tourism brings considerable benefit, though, as it was already said, not always calculated in the form of money, and the people want to limit it in no way.

The text is taken from a bulletin "Bialowieza Forest and People", No 8

Dorota Wysocka
November 04, 2006 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" The expanses of Bialowieza (Poland)

On November 02, an opening-day of the exhibition "Expanses of Bialowieza" was hold in the Gallery at the Municipality's Management in the village of Bialowieza. That was a presentation of graduation projects made by the students from the Faculty of Architecture of the Bialystok Polytechnic Institute concerning the objects in Bialowieza and Narewka.

This is rather the point of view of the students and young architects made for the purpose of presentation of the architectural shapes of Bialowieza which is located in the heart of the Bialowieza Forest. They try to answer the questions on how to introduce the new architectural forms, how to save the spirit and beauty of this terrain, and what new can be offered using a historical, cultural and natural context connected with "the land of bison"?

The graduation projects presented by the students of the Faculty of Architecture of the Bialystok Polytechnic Institute are the offers for Bialowieza with the purpose of enrichment of a cultural landscape and serving infrastructure connected to tourism. Pictures created between 1965 and 1980 during international drawing-sessions in Bialowieza in which many famous artists including Konrad Jarocki and Mikolaj Wolkowyski participated will be added to the exhibition.

This initiative is the first one of such the sort of cooperation between the architects from the Gallery "Arsenal" of Bialystok and the Municipality's Management of Bialowieza. The employees of the Faculty of Architecture have an idea to conduct the summer practice school for the students in these areas. Participating in the summer school the students will get an opportunity to inventory the existing objects, to prepare the engineering specifications or to plan measures connected to construction and reorganization of living quarters.

The Cultural Center from Bialowieza, the Faculty of Architecture of the Bialystok Polytechnic Institute and Gallery "Arsenal" from Bialystok are the organizers of the exhibition.

The employees and students of the Faculty of Architecture of the Bialystok Polytechnic Institute, artists, representatives of the Municipality's Management, inhabitants and friends of Bialowieza were invited to the opening-day.

The exhibition will last about tree weeks.

Website "Podlasie Gate"
November 04, 2006 Website "Bialowieza National Park" A delegation of reporters from China in the Bialowieza National Park (Poland)

On November 4, 2006 a delegation of reporters from China has visited the Bialowieza National Park.

During a meeting with Jozef Popiel, Director of the Park, the delegation learned both natural and cultural values of the Bialowieza Forest. Except for a species of the animal belonging to the genus Bison which also walked through the territory of modern China in days of old, the journalists have considered with enthusiasm an idea concerning this species Bison bonasus again to become a visitor of their land. We know from a Bison Genealogical Book that there is now no specimen of this species in China. The participants have also made their knowledge about bison deeper by visiting the Bison Show Reserve under assistance by Dr. Katarzyny Daleszczyk. The delegation has also visited a Museum and has got impression from the way in which the riches of the Bialowieza Forest are presented.

Mateusz Szymura
November 03, 2006 Website "Staristwo Powiatowe Hajnowka" The international tourism salon "2006 TOUR SALON": a trade fair of regions and tourist services, city of Poznan

From 25th to 28th October 2006 the XVII annual TOUR SALON as a part of the International fair "Poznan" was held. The TOUR SALON is the largest tourism-fair in Poland and Central-East Europe which proof is from the ratings shown by magazines dealing with tourism. 700 tour-operators from some tens of countries have taken part in the present-day fair. Their expositions were placed in two spacious pavilions covering nearly six thousand sq. meters, that's more than last year. THE TOUR SALON differs from other tourism fairs of Poland by representation of all Polish regions. Their representatives enticed the visitors by the most attractive natural areas, specific culture, regional music, and sweets that those could see their exhibitions and stands. This year the Euro-regions also were the participants. Almost one fourth part of the exhibitions was organized by the tour-operators from abroad. About 200 foreign participants took part in the TOUR SALON representing nearly all the continents.

This time, as a partner of the TOUR SALON, the Mazowieckie provice provided the functions of the region and represented all-embracing tourism values and sights.

The Hajnowka district which represented the own stand under a signboard "Bialowieza Forest Region" participated in the current fair too. Together with the representatives of the Bialowieza National Park, the village of Budy and the traveling agency "JUNIOR" from Bialystok, they demonstrated recreational advantages of the whole region. At the stand one could find various offers regarding accommodation, meal and tourist services of our region and the Belarusian side. Within four days many people has passed through our stand. Associations of the visitors were traditionally connected, first of all, with bison and the Bialowieza Primeval Forest. The visitors were mainly interested in offers for the next year and opportunities to have a rest in the vicinities of Bialowieza. Many questions concerned village and ecological tourism. A wide range of services of farm houses, coaching inns and guest-houses were much in demand. Questions concerning tourist routes (first of all bicycle ones) and the opportunity to visit sites and objects of the Bialowieza National Park were also topical. The visitors asked about monuments of sacral architecture and about the events of the traditional culture. Tasting of our local dishes was also a part of the offers.

To see more photos and read (in Polish) more detail, please visit http://powiat.hajnowka.pl/archiwum/2006/listopad/targi-poznan.htm