Posted: 11.03.2022 11:16:00

Belarus appealed to Council of Europe due to fence construction in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarus’ Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Andrei Khudyk, has appealed to the Director General of the Council of Europe for Democracy, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, BelTA reports


The Belarusian Ministry continues its work to attract the international community’s attention to the problem of construction of artificial barriers – made of concrete, iron and concertina barbed wire – in the UNESCO transboundary world heritage sites on the border with Poland: Belovezhskaya Pushcha and West Polesie.

As reported, Mr. Khudyk’s appeal expresses deep concern about the situation evolving on the Belarus-Poland border. It urges the Council of Europe to initiate consideration of issues of operational monitoring of this situation, while also taking measures aimed at preventing injury and death of animals, and ensuring free movement of wild animals in order to exchange the gene pool.

Belarus’ Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection asked Snežana Samardžić-Marković to give a legal assessment of Poland's actions regarding the fulfilment of the requirements set out in the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Berne Convention).