Belovezhskaya Pushcha included into European Protected Areas Network; Belarus

Belarus – Białowieża Forest

BREST, 28 May (BelTA) – The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park has become a partner of PAN Parks, the European wilderness protection organization, and has been awarded the Wilderness Diploma, BelTA learned from Vasily Arnolbik, deputy director general for science of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

PAN Parks (Protected Areas Network) is a European non-governmental organization which protects the most valuable wild territories by creating a network of wildlife parks for the development of sustainable tourism. It plans to unite into a single system up to 1 million hectares of pristine natural habitats and ecosystems in Europe by 2015. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the first and so far the only specially protected natural area of Belarus included in this international network.

Under the terms of PAN Parks, only the areas that protect at least 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness can become its partner.

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