Belarus seeking Ramsar status for two more sites, says deputy minister of environmental protection


Belarus is set to apply for a conservation designation for two sites, Vyhanashchanskaye Nature Reserve and Braslawskiya Azyory National Park, Anatol Lis, deputy minister of environmental protection and natural resources, told reporters in Minsk on Tuesday.

The ministry and the National Academy of Sciences want the two sites to be protected by the internationally-recognised Ramsar Convention.

Belarus is already a signatory to the convention, which aims to protect and promote conservation of wetlands of international importance.

Currently, nine sites in the country have Ramsar status. One more site, Prostyr Nature Reserve, has the status as part of Ukraine`s Ramsar site, Pripyat-Stokhod National Park, which the Belarusian reserve borders.

Mr. Lis said that securing the status for the two more areas would help attract tourists to the country. //BelaPAN