Almany Mires Reserve in Belarus is expanded by 10,000 hectares.
Belarus encompasses huge wetland areas, crucial for a myriad of globally threatened species; and vast tracts of continuous old-growth forests that harbor significant populations of megafauna. In the south of the country, extending into neighboring Poland, Ukraine, and Russia, lies Europe’s largest remaining inland wetland wilderness: Polesia. The Pripyat, one of the last major rivers on the continent not straightened, diverted, or otherwise modified, flows through the heart of this area. Its water-covered landscapes, especially in spring, turn Polesia into a European Amazon, providing crucial feeding and breeding grounds for millions of migratory birds.
Vast tracts of contiguous old-growth forests have also survived in Belarus when so much of Europe’s forests have been lost. In the west of the country, bordering Poland lies one of the last great lowland virgin and old-growth forests on the continent: Bialowieza Forest. Large herds of bison roam here, and the forest is scattered with impressive veteran oak trees. Part of Bialowieza Forest has remained intact, while other parts have been heavily exploited, areas which now require restoration in order for their ecological integrity to return.
- Developing protected areas
- Administrative support to local NGOs and protected areas
- Ecosystem restoration
- Biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring
- Community work and sustainable livelihoods
- Public outreach
- 08/26/2021Project update
Mapping Europe’s last wild forests08/26/2021Project update
Mapping Europe’s last wild forests
New open-access database provides the most complete source of information on the location of primary forests in Europe.
- 03/23/2021Project update
Polesia’s vast Almany Mires Reserve expanded, securing more habitat for threatened species03/23/2021Project update
Polesia’s vast Almany Mires Reserve expanded, securing more habitat for threatened species
Almany harbours a rich diversity of species. Large predators like Eurasian lynx and wolf roam in search of prey, which also thrive in the area; The Almany Mires Nature Reserve now spans over 104,000 hectares.
Salomienka River restoration completed.
Start of ELP-funded project Polesia– Wilderness Without Borders.
Dzikaje Mire restoration completed.
Campaign work against the E40 waterway as part of the international Save Polesia coalition started.
Restoration of Dziki Nikar completed.
FZS initiates transboundary cooperation for the protection of Polesia, including in Belarus.
West Polesie Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, Belarus/Poland/Ukraine, is designated.
Extension of the Bialowieza National Park to Belarus, with the creation of Bielaviežskaja Pušča National Park.
Bialowieza Forest is declared a cross-border UNESCO World Heritage Site.