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Conservation Facts

Population: 10.4 million
Total Area: 207.600 km2
Population density: 50 per km2
Protected Area: 0.1%
National Parks: 5
“NATURA 2000” sites: 214
Largest Nature reserve: Belovezhskaya Puscha National Park 876 km2

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10.000 lakes and 20.000 rivers, large forested areas, many only scarcely inhabited regions and the continental climate create a basis for rich natural assets in this country, landlocked between Poland in the West and Russia in the East. For a nature lover, Belarus has all large European mammals and more than 300 bird species on the menu and the facilities for nature tourism are steadily growing.

It is the dark shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine that is hovering over the country since 1986. Almost 70% of the emitted radiation entered Belarus and still 1/5 of the country remains affected by the fallout. However, the danger to visitors is relatively small. And the eyes of birders around the world gleam with joy when they speak about the mires and moorlands along the rivers Servech and Prypyat, holding the world’s largest population of Aquatic warblers and almost 250 other breeding species.
Several National Parks, like Belovezhskaya Puscha (transboundary with Belovezhski NP in Poland and a UNESCO site since 1992), Braslav Lakes, Lake Naroch and Prypyat River National Park play a significant role also on a European scale for rare species or as stopover sites during migration.
The Berezinski Biosphere Reserve, which was created as early as 1925, gained a UNESCO status in 1979. More than 2.000 plant species, more than 50 kinds of mammals, almost 220 bird species and 34 freshwater fish are only some indicators for the importance of this swampland area in the Vitebsk region in the North. Nature tourism is already a fixed asset of the reserve, where guests can explore e.g. wildlife and nature along some of the 110km of the Berezina river by kayak or canoe.
Belovezhskaya Puscha NP takes pride in its large herd of European bison and claims to harbour one of the oldest virgin forests in Europe. Ural and eagle owls, Lesser spotted Eagles and seven (!) species of woodpeckers breed in the park.
More and more nature tour operators have been adding this Eldorado to their destinations lists – for good reasons…