NEWS ARCHIVE: NOVEMBER 2011

November 30, 2011 "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) newspaper Potential of hunting in Belarus to present in Moscow

Potential of hunting in Belarus was presented today at the Embassy of Belarus in Russia. The event aimed to familiarize Russians with the possibilities and conditions of the hunt based on game grounds in national parks "Pripyatskiy", "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Braslav Lakes", "Narochanskiy" and Berezinski Biosphere Reserve, as BelTA informs.

Representatives of the Russian hunting clubs and the media met at this event, organized by the State Agency "TsentrKurort" of the Department of Affairs of the President of Belarus. They obtained detailed information about places of hunting in Belarus and services provided. More details about the main types of hunting - for red deer, elk, bison, wild boar, roe deer, black grouse, wood grouse and waterfowl - were discussed. In addition, the presentation of a special Internet portal dedicated to all Belarusian hunting was made. Among other things, one can make a request for the individual or collective hunting tour there.

Head of the "TsentrKurort" Oleg Mikhailov said that hunting tours in Belarus are very popular among citizens of different countries. Hunting now is not just a hobby, but one of the types of businesses.

Participants of the presentation could taste dishes of Belarusian cuisine made from game inhabiting the territory of Belarus.
November 28, 2011 Website "Webpark" An abandoned bunker in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (75 photos)

A Shadow mind of the Soviet military intelligence engineer guessed to hide a bunker in the thick forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

It is a small hill among the thickets, on the surface that extends several massive hatches. Life in it got frozen in 2005.

Why was it created and what purposes served - it is anyone's guess.



(to see more photos, please visit the website Webpark)
November 24, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A seminar

On November 17, 2011, a seminar-workshop organized by the forestry department of the National Park was in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The effects of the hurricane, job safety, accounting rules and timber delivery have been discussed. The seminar was attended by forestry officers, forestry officer's assistants and specialists of the forest department.

Participants acquainted with the objects of forest activities.

An objective appraisal of forest management in the Economic Zone of the National Park has been given at the seminar. The criteria of forest management in accordance with the recommendations of normative legal documents have been defined.
November 16, 2011 Website "OPEN.BY" Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Natural Resources offer to shoot the bison for currency

Head of the Theriology Laboratory of the State Research and Production Association "Scientific-Practical Center for Bioresources" at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Piotr Kozlo offers to significantly reduce the herd of bison.

On November 15, he reported at a seminar in Minsk that the number of bison exceeded the optimum in three micro-populations Ц in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Osipovichi and Ozersk. Currently, they comprise 706 animals, including 415 in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Kozlo finds it necessary to reduce the number of bison as eliminating 206 to 236 animals in the next three to five years.

For the Belovezhskaya population, Kozlo recommends catching live bison for resettlement and research, as well as their shooting. Kozlo proposes to "remove" 150 bison - approximately 50 animals per year, through commercial hunting in the three years within the territory adjacent to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The scientist explains the need to reduce the population of bison because many animals are sick and weakened. Inbreeding - all Belarusian bison originated from five to seven individuals Ц is the main reason for this. In addition, he says, the uncontrolled proliferation of bison causes problems for agriculture and forestry.

The representative of the National Academy of Sciences offers primarily to study bison and to issue passports for them with entering data into a special database. This work will show what bison can be "harvested".

Kozlo said he i, aware that the general public may perceive negatively plans to reduce the herd of bison because it was called upon to restore the population of this species in Belarus within the period of over 80 years.

At the end of 2010, there were 985 bison in Belarus - 23% of the global population of the species. Over the past 15 years, the bison herd increased almost threefold in the country and six new micro-populations were created.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Anatoly Lis also believes that Belarus has to solve the problem of "rational use of bison". According to him, it is necessary to "get some feedback" from the big number of animals. In particular, bison may be sold or traded abroad and shot.

"We do culling and take permit for the elimination of bison according to law, but there is no clear program," said the official.

"BelaPAN"
November 15, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Maiden is going here

Every winter the Snow Maiden visits the Belarusian Father Frost as being his beloved granddaughter.

This year she comes to visit on December 3, accompanied by her grandmother - Mother of Winter. Father Frost will organize a big celebration in his Manor Ц festivities - in honor of the arrival of important guests. The beginning of the holiday is 12:00. Its program includes different games, contests, dances around the Christmas tree, dances, exhibition and sale of products of folk art, the work of the City of Masters and other events. You will be able to ride in a carriage drawn by horses or on New Year's train, enjoy traditional pancakes and tea with fragrant herbs gathered in a, buy different crafts and souvenirs and see new exhibitions of the Manor.

Santa Claus invites all to meet long-awaited guests with him and take part in this celebration joyous for him.
November 12, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Where is lynx hunting?

The employees of the scientific department of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" A.Bunevich and A.Kuzmitsky participated in a working meeting with scientists from the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Bialowieza (on the Polish side of Pushcha) on November 2. During the visit the results of studies on bison, ungulates and carnivorous mammals, as well as plans for further joint work have been discussed. In addition to researches into the population of bison, it is planned development of joint projects on the genetic study of roe deer, raccoon dogs and dormice.

In the field conditions, methods of search for animals that are marked with radio transmitters to determine their location and to identify habitats and daily and seasonal migrations have been developed. Interesting results with the use of this method have been received on the movement of the lynx. It was found that animals living on the Polish side of Pushcha often hunted in its Belarusian part, staying here for quite a long time. Radio search revealed that the lynx after a successful hunt remains concealed near the victim for several days. After it moves to a new location, the remains of a meal will be examined by scientists to determine what animals are consumed by the predator at different periods of the year.

In the photo: Searching the lynx marked with radio transmitters.
November 12, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Visit to Germany

Director General of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Bury and his deputy for science Vasiliy Arnolbik visited the National Park "Lower Oder Valley" (Germany) from October 24 to 25, 2011. The purpose of the visit was to participate in a workshop on cross-border cooperation under the previously signed agreements between the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", the National Park" Lower Oder Valley ", Bialowieza National Park and the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection in Szczecin (Poland).

During the meeting the possibility of organizing a field practice for students of forestry professions on the basis of national parks of three countries and creating centers of the field training of students and young people with international assistance have been discussed. Representatives of universities (University of Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany; Belarusian State Technological University, Minsk, Belarus; Bialystok Technical University, Poland) expressed particular interest in this.

Much attention has been paid to the development of ecotourism. A preliminary marketing concept of cross-border tourism with the use of natural, historical and cultural features of national parks has been developed. Reciprocal advertising and printed and other products highlighting the cross-border conservation of nature must be the unifying element of the collaboration.

The parties shared their experiences in the management of national parks, and discussed measures to conserve their biological diversity.

It has been agreed that a continuous exchange of information and experiences in the field of protection, monitoring and research, tourism, sustainable use of renewable natural resources, as well as preparation and implementation of joint projects will be the main areas of joint activity. This will improve the management of protected areas, raise their international image and attractiveness to tourists, and increase contact between the countries.

Specific investment proposals for the implementation of the agreements will be discussed during the reciprocal visit of German delegation to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in May of 2012.
November 09, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" To conserve durmast oak (Quercus petraea)

One of the rare tree species in the Red Data Book of Belarus is durmast oak (or sessile oak?). This mountain relict species is distributed mainly in Central and Atlantic Europe, Scandinavia and Western Europe. It is found in our country in the natural habitat only in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, with the eastern boundary of the natural habitat. Its reforestation under the canopy of the parent tree stands is virtually absent. The big density of tree stands and ungulates that destroy acorns and the undergrowth are the main reasons. In addition, the species fruiting is irregular (good crops are every 4 to 6 years). Mature trees gradually fall from the tree stand that can lead to the decline of the ancient relic. This year, acorns have been gathered in the National Park from oak elite trees and planted on a forest nursery to further replenish the population and maintain the rare species.
November 09, 2011 Website "Business Leader" What will the new road bring to Belovezhskaya Pushcha?

On November 7 the road bypassing Belovezhskaya Pushcha was officially open. The road was built by order of the Belarusian President. It is assumed that the road will facilitate the development of both Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the entire region.

The implemented project, by its authors, will attract private investment through the construction of various tourist facilities that will raise the attractiveness of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a tourism route.

According to the data of mid-2010, the total sum of investments into the project amounted to about 331 billion Rubles (~ $ 110 million).

The road length is about 200 km, but your way will be 270 kilometers when you travel by car from Grodno to Brest on the new highway (follow signs and avoiding settlements). Having gone on the old road Grodno-Volkovysk-Ruzhany-Pruzhany-Brest, your path is reduced by 10 kilometers.

In general, the new road is of very high quality, as evidenced by the bright markings, good reflectors' illumination, perfectly smooth surface and areas for recreation. Places for recreation are almost entirely equipped and furnished. Road builders took care of the animal world and equipped the road with underground passages for different animals.

The main disadvantage of the road is its excessive tortuosity. Too many turns, curves and convolutions are throughout the highway. Despite the significant illumination, it should be very careful at night on this road. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is very close to the way and your car can meet a large animal like a wild boar or elk. The route in the future will be equipped with filling stations, while today there is only one for 200 km, this one is under construction.

Text by Alexander Rusko
November 07, 2011 Website " Auto onliner.by" A road bypassing Belovezhskaya Pushcha is open today


November 7, an official commissioning of the new road "Bypass of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was announced. The road of the length of nearly 190 kilometers has many meandering turns. It crosses Kamenets and Pruzhany districts and ends in the south of the Grodno region, in the town of Svisloch. About half length of the highway passes through woodlands and even swamps. According to motorists who drove on the "Bypass", the road carpet is of high quality.

The construction project was conceived not only as transport links between cites of Brest and Grodno. The important aim was to increase the attractiveness of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a tourism route. The total investment in the project amounted to about 331 billion Rubles - (~ $ 110 million), at least this amount was called in the middle of 2010 when the construction started. By the way, the "Bypass" was built fairly quickly - in one and a half years. This project would not only take into account the terrain (forests, swamps) but also to minimize the negative impact to the natural processes of the Pushcha's fauna.

Author: Andrew Gomylyaev. Photo: virtual.brest.by

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November 04, 2011 Website "Tourism and Leisure" Can someone spend half a million Euros in Belovezhskaya Pushcha?

During the meeting of the joint Belarusian-Turkish Commission on Tourism, Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Cheslaw Shulga told about a German tourist who spent 450,000 Euros for three days of his stay in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

News agencies urgently expounded the blatantly saying by the official, adding that it is talking about the hunt for bison: that is this passion led the foreign hunter to pay nearly half a million Euros for the shooting of several animals. The very fact of this is refuted in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". In particular, commenting on the situation at the request of the website WildLife.by, deputy director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Vasiliy Arnolbik called the information as "does not correspond to reality."

According to the price list on the website "Hunting and Fishing in Belarus" by the State Establishment "TsentrKurort", the cost of hunting bison in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" varies from 20,000 Euro for one animal without a medal to 40,000 Euros for a male bison with the gold medal, as valued 170 CIC points and above.

The most expensive place of accommodation, which is found in the National Park, is the building of hotel number 4 "Kamenyuki" where one VIP-guest room including breakfast will cost 450,800 Bel.Rubles, or just over 38 Euros at the exchange rate on 04/11/2011.

"I think it is unreal to spend the above mentioned sum in Belovezhskaya Pushcha," said the expert on reception of foreign tourists, deputy director of the company "Master of Travel" Igor Chernozipunnikov. "It is hardly to find in Pushcha so many bison officially authorized for hunting. As far as I know, approximately 3 or 4 permits are issued in the year. I do not think that the accommodation in Pushcha is worth more than EUR 100 per day, and even if the tourist wants to rent the hunting manor "Viskuli", accommodation costs will hardly exceed EUR 1,000 per day there. I could not spend half a million Euros in the National Park for three days, even if it is wanted. Only if to buy Belovezhskaya Pushcha ... "

So what is meant by Cheslav Shulga when talking about the tourist who spent the huge amount of money for three days in Pushcha? We hope that we will return to this theme.

Public relations department
November 04, 2011 Website"TUT.BY" The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" denies shooting of bison on German tourist

Reports that a German tourist shot bison is denied in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", as leading researcher of the National Park Alexei Bunevich told to TUT.BY.

Let's recall that yesterday the News Agency BELTA, referring to the Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Cheslav Shulga, reported that a German tourist who came to Pushcha a few weeks ago "had spent 450 thousand Euros for three days in Belovezhskaya Pushcha." "He came to hunt bison."

The Deputy Minister did not specify the number of killed bison but assured that it is not about one individual.

However, Alexei Bunevich said in an interview with a TUT.BY reporter that ""bison were no shot in Pushcha for the last six months". And such sums as 450 thousand Euro are none at all he said.

"Count how many bison should be culled with this money. We eliminate about 6 or 7 animals in the year. We culled only one female over the past six months - she had a tumor in his leg. She was sick."

According to Mr. Bunevich, the most expensive trophy in Pushcha can be valued 40,000 Euros - for the male with a gold medal. Females can cost anywhere from 5 to 15 thousand Euros as it depends on the horns: the length and so on." Males are determined by "the length of the horns", by scores and medals: gold, silver and bronze.

Deputy Director for Science of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Vasiliy Arnolbik said he never heard such information.

The Ministry of Natural Resources also denies that fact. At the same time, the Ministry referred to the concept of conservation and sustainable use of bison in Belarus, which provides an inventory of stock of bison. According to the Ministry's representative, there is a problem of inbreeding in micro-populations which is resulting in the bison inbreeding "depression", etc. as final, mortality of bison is increased.

Announcing the concept in late August this year, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported that action plans for improvement of bison health for each micro-population will be created. In particular, it provides rejection of individuals with the disease through putting them to the reserved gene pool group. Thereafter they will shoot or sold abroad.

Under the concept, the viable population of bison will be created as a result of these activities. The number of bison should be at least 1.5 thousand animals, to reduce the loss of bison from natural causes.

The representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources noted that optimizing the number of bison by shooting is a necessary measure. There are rules for optimal number of bison, which are now greatly exceeded by some of the Belarusian population.

Ekatrina Sinyuk
November 04, 2011 Website "Belarusian Partisan" To refute BelTA Information agency in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" refutes the information from the State Agency BelTA that a German tourist shot animals in the Reserve for 450 thousand Euros. Moreover, they say that there were no tourists from Germany there.

"This amount of money can be spent in case only if to run after bison during a year! A sheikh came here once - and he spent the less money!" an employee of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha indignantly told to the "Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus" newspaper. "Understand that healthy bison can not be shot as they are listed as endangered. One can hunt old and sick bison which are not involved in reproduction. But they are first discarded. There will be typed only a few animals per year. Hunting for the cheapest bison - a female - costs about 10 thousand Euros and the most expensive is about 40 Euros. So, count how many bison should be shot. It's not the fact that three days are enough to do it, a months is not enough! So, Germans have not shot bison for 450 thousand Euros.

It is noteworthy that the State News Agency BelTA with reference to Deputy Sports Minister Cheslav Shulga distributed the information about vast amount of money and killed bison the day before. Today, however, it is not succeed to find this information on the Agency's Website. The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" completely denied it and explained that there were no any Germans in Pushcha within the last month.

The question arises who is lying in this situation: Deputy Minister Shulga, the State Agency BelTA or employees of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Let's note that any of the options can be equal in our situation.

For example, the official could accidentally blurt out a secret to show off how much money are left by foreign tourists as he was unaware that the "tourists" was likely offered to hunt for not sick and old she-bison as paying such the sum. The State Agency, also being in the dark about prices for the "elite" hunt, hurried to distribute this information, and then the National Park began to refute all as fearing such the "advertising", which may well lead to an international scandal in the case if one will suddenly find out that the hunt was for healthy animals from a Red Data Book.

It's because Belarus will then again get no success with the renewal of a European Diploma to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" expected in 2012, which was suspended in 2007 due to the lack a management plan for the Reserve. The EU Diploma is not only a prestigious award, but also gives the chance for international finances, though, along with some control over the activity. According to independent ecologists, this Diploma was given to the National Park in advance in 1997, but since then the authorities, whether from stupidity or from carelessness, did everything to lose it.

We add that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the oldest reserves in the world. In 1992, the UNESCO included Belovezhskaya Pushcha in a List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. In 1993, it received a status of Biosphere Reserve and in 1998 A Key Bird Area of International Importance. But unlike the Polish part of Pushcha, it is complicated to call the Belarusian one at this stage as "wilderness area".
November 04, 2011 Website "UDF.BY" One more scandal in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The 3-d November BelTA News Agency spread information that a German tourist spent 450 thousand Euros for three days of his being in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Cheslav Shulga gave this information to the Agency.

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According to him, the German visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha a few weeks ago to hunt bison. Such high costs are associated with this fad of the foreign hunter. The Deputy Minister did not specify the number of killed bison but assured that it is not about one individual.

Recall that the trophy bison for a gold medal costs about 40,000 Euros. So, 11 bison with beautiful horns should be killed to pay 450 thousand Euros?

However, this information is denied in the National Park as saying that there were no hunter and no euro.

The deputy general director on research the National Park Vasily Arnolbik said to Naviny.by, that the disseminated information is not true..

According to him, only one bison has been culled and shot in Belovezhskaya Pushcha from the beginning of the year. The hunting tour was sold for 8,000 Euros to a Russian. Why so cheap? It's because it was a patient female which was very weak and went on three legs, Arnolbik said. "There was no more eliminated bison," he said.

At the same time the specialist does not deny that the Germans visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha - "Tourists from Germany visited the National Park, but we did not serve them in this way, especially the hunting of bison. Scientists from the National Park" Lower Oder Valley" have come and we have established cross-border cooperation in the development of the marketing concept of tourism to national parks in Poland, Belarus and Germany. The Summer Academy for students of forestry and tourism professions of the three countries has been held."

Head of the tourism department of the National Park Oksana Bogaleisha also denied the information about the rich German tourist. "This is a huge amount. To do this, one has to kill a few bison, but we shoot them very rarely and only for rejection. This information is completely wrong," the expert said.

According to her, one has to live for several years in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to spend 450,000 Euro. Tickets for Belarusians and foreigners are the same.

According to Oksana Bogaleisha, 9,615 foreign tourists, most of them are and Ukrainians - visited the National Park for the first nine months of this year.

Most often, tourists come to relax in the National Park and to go on tour. Hunting of animals allowed is also popular.br>
It was said from the State Establishment "TsentrKurot" which organizes hunting tours in Belovezhskaya Pushcha that no one hunting tour for bison was sold through their organization this year. True, tourists can book such tours not only with the company but also themselves - directly in the National Park.

""I was surprised by this news and called the chief hunter of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, but he said there was nothing like this," senior specialist of the "TsentrKurot" Vitaly Novichenko said to Naviny.by.

The public learned in February about the fact that Belarus is carried out shooting bison for the commercial purposes. It was when the life of bison for the gold medal was put up for auction.

On-line trading lasted a whole month, but web-users several times offered blitz price for bison, stopped the bidding in this way and extends the life of bison at least for a day. When the organizers got tired chasing false hunters, they have tightened the rules for registration on the website.

Totally about 7000 users tried to register on the website but there were only four persons really wishing to hunt big game.

The bid ended in late winter and the lot had to get the user under the name Mehmed who suggested 40,500 Euros for the the "scandal head", but he refused to purchase.

Employees of the tour operator offered the bison to other bidders, but they also changed their minds. By the way, there were no Belarusian among wishing to hunt the symbol of Belarus.

Let's recall that, the law permits hunting for bison, but only for those animals which are not involved in reproduction and belong to the reserve gene pool group. Typically, these are females of age of older than 18 years, males older than 14 years, young outcast males during the reproduction period which migrated to a distance of 50 kilometers and never returned back within three months, animals with long-term depletion, bison terminally ill or injured, and calves born with physical abnormalities.

Trophies, not the proper hunt for bison is considered the best. Horned head and skin of an animal are measured and valued by a special international system - CIC (conseil international de la chasse) which takes into account the body parameters, symmetry and beauty of the horns. High scores get medals (bronze, silver, gold). The higher the total score, the expensive the killed animal.

It should be noted that the hunting of bison in hunting game grounds at national parks and farms differs considerably as being easier for the price. If the trophy on the gold medal in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is worth about 40 thousand Euros, so it takes in a less known hunting game ground two times cheaper.

Anastasia Solonovich, "Belarusian News"
November 04, 2011 Website "Business Leader" How much costs to hunt bison by a German tourist?

A tourist from Germany spent 450,000 Euros in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for three days. It was said in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus that such high costs are associated with the hunting bison by the German.

It is known that the rich tourist visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha a few months ago. His main purpose was recreation and hunting bison. However, the number of animals killed by the man is not specified. Deputy Sports Minister Cheslav Shulga only noted that the question here is not about one individual.

However, according to available information, the hunt for a bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha manages costs from 20 to 40 thousand Euros. Such the high value is due to the fact that bison is the last of the wild bulls on the European continent. Three years ago (in 2008), the bison herd in the Reserve totaled 350 animals. The exact number of bison is not reported for this day.

It should be noted that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is sufficiently popular with avid hunters from around the world, particularly from Russia and Europe.

Victoria Bobylevf
November 04, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" News from the Estates of Belarusian Father Frost

The Belarusian Father Frost already prepare for meeting guests now, long before their main holiday - New Year. The Symbol Walkway of the Eastern Calendar in his fabulous Estate was added with new sculptures. Reconstruction of other exhibits is near the end. The road to the possessions of the good magician is improved.

Santa Claus is already getting the first hand-made articles, sent according to the previously announced contest "Belovezhskaya Fairy Tale". In addition, he is preparing for the journey Ц he is going for the birthday to his Russian counterpart in Great Ustyug.
November 03, 2011 Website "Naviny.by" A German tourist to shoot bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and pay 450 thousand Euros

A German tourist spent three days in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and paid 450 thousand Euros, as Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Czeslaw Shulga said to BelTA.

The German visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha a few weeks ago. He came to hunt bison. Such high costs are associated with this fad of the foreign hunter. The Deputy Minister did not specify the number of bison which were shot, but assured that it is not about one individual.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is of a fairly high popularity among foreign tourists, including hunters.
November 03, 2011 Website "BELTA" Environmentalists hope to resume a European Diploma for Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This was announced by Alexander Rachevsky, head of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

The validity of the Diploma is still suspended. The Belarusian side is actively studying the possibility of its recovery. Belarus has recently been visited by a group of EU experts who took part in a special meeting in the National Park on the resumption of the Diploma. International experts were generally appreciative of measures to conserve biodiversity of the Park and to expand its strictly protected zone and to develop the infrastructure and tourism in the area. "The main requirements of EU experts is to develop a management plan for the National Park", said Alexander Rachevsky. "We have developed this document but there were some comments from international experts. We have to correct something."

The representative of the Ministry of Environment has assured that the Belarusian side will soon finalize the management plan for Belovezhskaya Pushcha of taking into account the recommendations of the European Union. "We continue to work. In principle, the experts were friendly to us, so it can be expected that the Diploma will be resumed in 2012."

The European Diploma is a prestigious award which is given to national parks and protected areas for the success in nature protection. Belovezhskaya Pushcha received the Diploma in 1997 for achievements in wildlife conservation. The main reason for the suspension of this Diploma was the lack of the management plan for Pushcha for the next ten years.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the oldest protected areas in the world. In 1992, the UNESCO included Belovezhskaya Pushcha into a List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. In 1993, it received a status of Biosphere Reserve, and in 1998, a Birds' Key Area of International Importance. The length of the National Park is over 60 km from north to south and from 10 to 50 km from west to east. It covers the surface of 163,505 ha. The Wilderness Protection Zone where any human activity is prohibited is about 20% of the territory.

By Olga Belyavskaya
November 03, 2011 Website "Belarusian Partisan" A bypass around Belovezhskaya Pushcha: wood from the relic forest and a bad asphalt (photo)

As already mentioned by "Belarusian Partisan", the official opening of a bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha is scheduled for November 7.

Let's recall, it was built during a year and a half on the personal order of President Lukashenko. According to preliminary information, "he will open it among higher officials of the Ministry of Transport and Communication, the Brest "Governor-General" and local high-ranking functionaries.

Over 110 million dollars have been spent for the construction of the road, but as it turned out, the money had been wasted that to be complete in time for the "glorious" celebration - the day of the October Revolution, because the construction had been violated the rules, and hence the new road will require a repair in the spring.

According to the employee from the Road Maintenance Department posted on the Pruzhany city's website, "the main is the asphaltic surface takes time to become hard. This usually takes a year. But the goal was to set the road in operation for the year. On the technology, asphalt can be laid in the fall only when the air temperature is above 10 degrees, but it is now already less".

As for the attitude to the main sight of Belarus - the centuries-old Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the relic forest was not cared well during the construction, as evidenced by photos published on the portal "Virtual Brest".




November 02, 2011 "Brestskiy Kurier" (The Brest Courier) newspaper A plein-air in memory of Fedor Doroshevich artist

IV regional Belarusian-Polish plein-air, in memory of a native Kamenetchiny, a famous painter Fedor Doroshevich, was in the last week of October in the village of Kamenyuki - the administrative center of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The well-known NGO "Tur" gathered art lovers of the region and Belovezhskaya Pushcha, with the assistance of the Kamenets Regional Executive Committee. The NGO provided an opportunity for six artists, three of whom came from Poland, to work with brush and easel outdoors in beautiful places of this unique area.

An exhibition of 10 new pictures was presented at the closing of the plein-air in the Center of Culture and Craft, the village of Kamenyuki. The pictures then were given to the Department of Culture, Kamenets district administration.

Let's recall that in September, at the Art Museum in the city of Brest, an exhibition of pictures made during the previous three plein-airs in memory of F. Doroshevich was held, as well as his paintings donated to the Museum by the artist's daughter. At present, this exhibition is demonstrated in the Consulate General of Ukraine in Brest.

By Lubov Pavlova
November 01, 2011 Website "Blog s13. City of Grodno" A new road officially linking Grodno and Brest on November 7

The official opening a bypass road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha which interconnected cities of Grodno and Brest will be on November 7. The highway of the length of about 200 kilometers has been built on the parameters of the fourth category with asphalt pavement of the width of 9 meters in just a year and a half. The total investment in the project amounted to about 331 billion Rubles (~ $ 110 million) (as of mid 2010).

The distance from Grodno to Brest, if to go on the new road, has become longer (about 270 km), but time of the journey has significantly decreased Ц the most road line is away from settlements.

As the journalist of the "Virtual Brest" already traveled on the new road and reports that these "kilometers" are excellent and you will enjoy the travel along this road:

"The road is made by 5 plus. It is perfectly smooth surface, excellent markings and reflectors, and sites equipped for recreation. Forest adjacent to the highway has carefully been cleaned of branches and wind-fallen trees, and slopes have been planted with grass. For a man who had visited these places, the road will be a kind of magic thread, suddenly appeared on the site of the former impassable swamps and forests."

You will find only one noteworthy monument throughout the highway (the matter is about a new section of road) you will find only one noteworthy monument. It's Trinity Catholic Church in Lyskovo. An interesting fact is that a unique cobblestone road is preserved close to the church, and the modern road is suddenly interrupted by stones.



There are several places to rest at the road. They all have fully equipped. Each of them has a name associated with the animals living in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

There are no gas stations on the new stretch of road yet, so the journey should be expected in such a way that the fuel was enough to detour Pushcha (200 kilometers).
November 01, 2011 Website "Belarusian Partisan" It can be a fast ride along Belovezhskaya Pushcha (a map)

The opening of a ring road in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is scheduled on November 7.

As the "Virtual Brest" informs, it was built just a year and a half on the personal order of President Lukashenko.

The main argument of the construction suggested that the road will give an impetus to the development of the entire region, and Belovezhskaya Pushcha in particular.

The idea of the project authors is that a variety of tourist facilities can be placed at the road to attract private investment, and as a result, to raise the attractiveness of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a tourism route. In addition, one of the reasons was that Brest and Grodno cities will become closer as allegedly allowed to connect them through the new modern highway. However, this road trip is more like "to Moscow via Paris," but when public money is spent, and even commissioned by Lukashenka, it is unlikely that anyone could confuse.

By the way, the total sum of funds invested in the project amounted to about 331 billion rubles (~ $ 110 million) (as of mid 2010).