How promising is separate waste collection in Belarus?
Gomel citizens have to give up their old household habits.
All trash chutes will be removed from Gomel and trash containers for separate collection of waste will be brought to yards.
This is the way of realization of a new economic and ecological programme. Then all waste products will get recycled.
Belarus to help Egypt, Sudan in water extraction
Belarusian geologists will help Egypt and Sudan in the drilling of wells for water extraction. Negotiations are now underway on what sites to select for drilling. The works will start already in 2017.
The project is estimated at tens of millions of dollars.
Experts are now purchasing suitable equipment for exploration and drilling of deep-water wells for groundwater extraction.
Swedish Ambassador to Belarus discusses green economy in Brest region
Belarus could use Swedish experience in ecology. A green economy workshop has been held in the Brest region. Taking part in it was the Swedish Ambassador to Belarus. Martin Oberg said approaches successfully implemented in Scandinavia can work in Belarus too.
This applies to urban greening, transport, and waste management. In Stockholm only one percent of the garbage get to landfills. Thanks to a Swedish project Brest has updated equipment and system of purifying wastewater.
Eco-trails to appear in every Minsk district
Minsk authorities are planning to increase planting areas. Every district of Minsk should have its own ecological trails.
An eco-trail in the city is a place where you can enjoy a unique landscape, listen to birds' singing, including those that are listed as endangered. In the spring of 2017, the second stages of parks named after Mikhail Pavlov and Hugo Chavez will be commissioned. The Slepyanskaya water system will be restored.
CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award
The State Inspectorate for Fauna and Flora Protection under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus has awarded a CTV correspondent and other journalists, who together with the inspectors carried out raids on illegal hunters.
The award was received by CTV special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya for her story in the TV program Picture of the World on the channel RTR-Belarus. She get a poacher talk. This man had previously shot animals illegally directly on the field of a state-run farm. Olga herself felt the dangers of the night shift.
The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high
Can you imagine a multi-story thermometer? Well, the residence of this house can. They follow the swings of winter temperatures by simply passing by the thermometer on their house.
The street gadget of the impressive size is installed on an ordinary house in the neighborhood Novaya Borovaya, and this has become a real local attraction!
The thermometer is the highest in Belarus.
The 40-meter giant can be seen from the neighborhood Uruchcha, Minsk ring road and even Independence Avenue.
Belarus to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5m tons annually
Belarus intends to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 million tons per year. Already at the beginning of 2017, the Belarus government will consider a plan of action for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Belarus ratified this international instrument in the field of environmental protection in September 2016. Among its main steps is reduction of energy costs in production and increase in forest lands.
Pet waste bags to appear in Minsk parks
Bright signs reminding dog owners about basic rules of dog-walking will be installed in Minsk's Park of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution.
The rules are the necessary conditions for visiting recreational areas with pets. Such mini-stands will be then installed in all parks in Minsk. The next step will be the installation of specially designed boxes with waste bags and poo shovels.
Minsk Sea repopulated with tons of pike and carp
Lovers of relaxation with a fishing rod now have more chances to catch fish and even improve your health. On October 20 city services have made the last re-stocking of Minskoye More Lake (Minsk Sea) in 2016.
Tons of fish of different sizes have been released into the waters of Minsk Sea. Autumn is the most favorable time for such work.
During this period fish survives transportation and colonization better.
Belarusian NPP to get ecological passport
The Belarusian nuclear power plant will get an ecological passport. Experts from Belarus and Russia have conducted a joint monitoring of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Ostrovets and data that environmentalists got will form the basis of a new document. The entries will be made to help compare data on the environment after the launch of the station.
Experts have stressed the openness of Belarus in the provision of information as well as its availability.
It will now be possible to monitor Belarusian NPP construction from Vienna
Information boards, on which you can monitor the progress of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, will open in Vienna on September 27. Presentations will also acquaint you with the information centers on nuclear energy, which are operating in Minsk and Astravyets. The process of staff training is also open to the world community.
Belarus to open Ostrovets NPP exhibition at IAEA General Conference
Belarus is taking part in the 60th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. During the event at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna International Centre Belarus will hold an exhibition of the Belarusian NPP. It will provide information on the implementation of the project, staff training and work of the Information Center for Nuclear Energy in Minsk and Astravets (Ostrovets).
Ozone hole hovers over Belarus: Is it dangerous?
Let's start with the ozone hole that suddenly hovered over Belarus. It is not that we live in Australia. There, the sky full of holes is a common thing, people got used to it and they know how to reduce the effects of solar radiation. We are also not surprised by radiation, like Zhvanetsky said: "We do not feel it, we did not feel it...” It is a joke, of course. The news about the ozone hole aroused concern, and we invited to the studio the person who can explain this phenomenon.
About 150 international experts discussing climate change in Minsk August 29
About 150 international experts will discuss climate change in Minsk. They will meet August 29 to continue the Paris dialogue. In December 2015 France hosted a UN conference with the participation of world leaders, which eventually adopted a framework climate agreement. It establishes the basic principles of global action after 2020.
The Minsk meeting is the first in a series of conferences aiming to develop the plan to stop global warming on the planet.
Russia to replace Belarus' reactor vessel at Ostrovets construction site
The Russian company Rosatom is ready to replace the reactor vessel for the first power unit of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant. This statement was made by the corporation after the formal request of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus.
As noted by Rosatom, the reason for the replace will be public opinion rather than safety concerns. The company added that public opinion is not less important than safety.
Belarus' first battery recycling line set up in Minsk
Belarus' first line for recycling of used batteries has been set up in Minsk. The plant now has a status of the experimental one. Its capacity is 100 tons per year. This figure is calculated based on the total volume of batteries collected.
The equipment has successfully passed all the tests. Now the preparation of all necessary documents is underway. The installation allows extracting valuable components from the waste, which can be divided into three main groups.
EU to allocate 14.5 million euros for environmental projects in Belarus
Belarus and the EU have made another step in the transition to "green" economy. Belarus has gained the support of the EU in the implementation of an environmental program.
An agreement to finance a project to improve air quality and make environmental management more effective was signed in Minsk on July 28.
The initiative provides for the control of emissions to air and radiation monitoring.
The EU is ready to allocate 14.5 million euros for the modernization of the infrastructure needed for observations.
25% of the Earth's bison population lives in Belarus
The restoration of the population of bison in the Bialowieza Forest began exactly 70 years ago.
This is one of the rarest animals on our planet and a pride of Belarusians.
About a quarter of the planet's bison population lives in Belarus.
The last animal living in the forest was killed in the early XX century. An attempt to revive the population was made in the 1930s.
A new farm for breeding purebred animals was organized only in 1946. Then five bison were moved to Belarus.
European Commission investigating Bialowieza Forest logging on Polish territory
The European Commission has initiated an investigation of the Bialowieza Forest logging. We are talking about the Polish part of the national park.
Warsaw decided to destroy part of the woods because of the bark beetle, which is extremely dangerous for trees. However, social and environmental organizations criticized such measures against the insect. According to some experts, the forest can be destroyed for the sake of economic benefits. Now a specially created commission will answer the question about the legality of logging.
Can you hunt bison in Belarus?
Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrey Kovkhuto gave an interview to the CTV's program Week.Mr Kovhkuto, thank you for finding time for an interview. Many people in Belarus ask whether the "environmentally friendly product" label will soon appear in our country. Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
European Economic Commission hails Belarus' environmental efforts
Experts of the European Economic Commission gave a positive assessment of the environmental activities of Belarus. On June 2, a survey assessing the country's progress in the field of environmental policy was presented in Minsk.
Belarus has adhered to the greening of the economy for years. Therefore, among the important tasks is the rational use of natural resources, as well as the introduction of innovative technologies. Belarus has good indicators. So, for example, Belarus is 35th among the nearly 200 countries in the Environmental Performance Index.
Poland cutting down Bialowieza Forest: Environmentalists alert
Poland has begun logging in the Bialowieza Forest. The decision is due to environmental considerations, authorities say. It is reported that the reason is the unsuccessful fight of foresters against bark beetle. Now almost 200,000 square meters of the primeval forest is being cut down.
Minsk hosting Chernobyl anniversary international conference
From tragedy to revival. Minsk is hosting an international conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Its members talk about what has been done and what remains to be done in addressing this disaster's aftermath.
Restoration and development of the affected areas requires new approaches to multilateral cooperation. Among the guests of the forum are representatives of Russia and Ukraine, the Order of Malta, as well as partners from Japan, Sweden, Ireland, UK, Austria, and Italy.
Belarus signs global climate agreement in New York
The Paris climate agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This ceremony was symbolically held on the International Day of the Earth.
The signing ceremony of the international treaty, which took place in UN headquarters in New York, became the most massive in the history of world diplomacy. Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei put his signature on the document.
Nationwide voluntary Saturday working day: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site
April 23 turned into the nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Start with yourself, as they say! On the eve of a significant date - the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, TV reporters put in order monuments to the heroes of that war. President Lukashenko also built a bridge between the past and the future working at Dinamo Stadium, which is being renovated in Minsk. This will become a brand new sports complex but in historical "packaging." Our correspondents collected details of the voluntary labor day from the different regions of Belarus.
CTV Channel team partakes in national voluntary Saturday working campaign
The CTV Channel took part in the voluntary working day, called subbotnik in Belarus and some other former Soviet Union nations. TV presenters, reporters and cameramen that day ditched microphones and cameras and took shovels and other tools to tidy up Minsk.
Those who usually make news made their contribution to the main news of the day - the subbotnik general beautification campaign. In Minsk, the CTV staff worked on land adjacent to the office and the nearby Marat Kazei Park.
IAEA's Yukiya Amano impressed with Belarus' Ostrovets NPP
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and IAEA Director General discussed the security and economy of the peaceful atom. The sides noted the high level of cooperation in this sphere. Yukiya Amano visited today in Ostrovets (Astraviec), where he shared impressions of the most large-scale construction of our country.
Road through reeds: Nature trail appears in Minsk's center
A road through reeds. An ecological trail has appeared in the center of Minsk. A small bridge connecting the Loshitsky Park and the neighborhood Serebryanka has been decorated with natural materials.
It is noteworthy that it was ordinary Minsk residents who came up with an idea to frame the structure with tall reeds. Several young people have turned the bridge into an art installation within a short time.
The guys say the initiative did not cost a lot of money. They needed only reeds and ropes for the modest but really spectacular decoration.
Bison in Belarus' Vitebsk region: history and present-day life
These days Belarus can produce and present to foreigners real bison because their DNA samples are now stored in the refrigerator. So the big animal is not under the threat of disappearance anymore. Ilona Volynets has details.
Ilona Volynets, correspondent:If a bison then in the Bialowieza Forest? Not anymore! We went to the north of Belarus in order to see here in the Vitebsk region the real forest heroes. Our video hunting starts right now!
Minsk, St. Petersburg to invigorate implementation of joint projects
New horizons for close cooperation. Minsk and the northern capital of Russia intend to actively develop joint activities in science and technology, education, tourism and culture.
On April 1 a delegation from St. Petersburg visited Minsk. The visit was timed to the forthcoming Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia.
Minsk engineers create unique air pollution monitoring software
Minsk developers have created a unique computer program that is able to monitor the level of atmospheric pollution.
The database has data on all Minsk highways. One can track changes in the atmospheric conditions online. Specialists regularly update information, with monitoring results transmitted to environmentalists who plan environmental protection measures.
Can Belarus capitalize on water exports amid low oil prices?
World prices of oil have been in the top international news for several weeks. Experts have managed to calculate that "black gold" prices have fallen so much that simple drinking water in many countries has become more expensive than hydrocarbons.
Even today, profits from the sale of life-giving water gives more than the sale of oil.
What birds winter in Minsk?
About 60 species of birds will stay in Minsk for winter. Just put a bird feeder in the yard, and you can watch sparrows, tits and greenfinches. The river Svisloch is their most favorite place in Minsk. By the way, even rare visitors fly to our country for winter.
Semen Levyi, ornithologist, specialist in environmental issues of the public organization APB-BirdLife Belarus:This winter, you can see about 60 species in Minsk. The rarest of them is the bean goose, which remained on the Svisloch and Nemiga.
Special containers for hazardous waste appear in Minsk
It will be easier to sort hazardous waste in Minsk. Special containers for separate collection of hazardous waste have been developed in Minsk. In particular, the containers will help safely dispose of energy saving and fluorescent lamps and batteries.
Dozens of similar structures are already in place in the capital's shops. Each container has three parts for separate collection. There will be soon more miniature versions of containers to collect waste separately.
1st Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum takes place in Minsk
The formation of a single commodity market, the development of public-private partnerships in the mining industry and advanced technology development of mineral resources were among the central topics of the I Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum in Minsk, which brought together partners from all over the Eurasian Economic Union.
Perhaps the most urgent issue for the world today is to find new cost-effective raw materials. Conventional oil and gas are becoming irrelevant. And the clear evidence of it is the rapidly falling price of "black gold".
Bison life in Bialowieza Forest available online
Now you can watch bison online. A live broadcast camera has been set up in Bialowieza Forest near Bialystok. It is located near a forage area in the Polish part of the primeval forest.
You can watch the behavior of animals even at night. Along with bison other animals can be seen, like deer, wild boars, foxes, martens, and hares.
Belarus environmental protection minister about Emerald Network
Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Kovkhuto came to our studio today. He is ready to answer the questions of the TV program Picture of the World.
Yuri Koziyatko: Mr Kovkhuto, thanks for coming!
Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
Resettlement plan to increase bison population in Belarus
There are plans to resettle Belarus' bison all over the country. To this end, the Ministry of Environment has developed a special program. Its purpose is not only to maintain but also to increase the population of the largest terrestrial mammal in Europe.
Now there are nearly 1,300 bison in Belarus.
Belarus to ratify Paris climate agreement in 2016
Belarus is going to ratify the Paris climate agreement in 2016. Last Saturday, at a conference in the French capital, it was agreed upon by representatives of 196 countries, including Belarus.
Under the new package of documents, which will become operational in five years, the world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Special attention is paid to the preservation of the average temperature on Earth. After all, it is the temperature rise that is the cause of natural disasters.
Belarus' Bird of the Year 2016: Goldeneye
This black and white duck is recognized by a large head, short beak, resonant voice and whistle of the flapping wings. It does not build a nest on the ground but occupies hollows of old trees along lakes, rivers and forest ponds. It dives to a depth of 4 meters and eats aquatic invertebrates. The surname of the famous Russian writer also comes from the name of this duck - Gogol (English: goldeneye).
Ordinary goldeneye became bird of the year in Belarus in 2016 overtaking Sand Martin, swallow and rook!
UN World Climate Conference: Belarus to be able to sell greenhouse gas quotas
The Eiffel Tower has turned green. It changed its usual backlight in honor of the opening of the UN World Climate Conference. The main purpose of the forum is to agree on measures that would allow keeping the increase in global temperature within 2 degrees Celsius. If this is not done, then by the end of the 21st century the average temperature on Earth will increase by 5 degrees, which will lead to an increase in global sea level by 100cm and may result in a disaster for mankind.
Second day of UN Climate Change conference to be dedicated to Africa
The UN World Conference on Climate Change continues work on December 1 in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget. The second day of the Global Forum will take place under the sign of Africa.
Taking part in the debate on environmental issues of the African continent will be more than 20 leaders of states and representatives of international organizations.
Discussions on climate change will last until December 11. As a result, the states are expected to sign an agreement, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol.
Belarus taking part in UN Conference on Climate Change
On November 30 France has become the center of discussion of planetary problems. Just a couple of hours ago, the 21th UN conference on climate change started at Le Bourget. The leaders of 150 countries will discuss a new agreement that should replace the Kyoto Protocol.
Taking part in the conference is the Belarusian delegation. It consists of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment as well as experts in the field of climate change.
Belarus, Germany hold energy forum
Belarus offers Germany the implementation of joint energy projects in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone. Belarusian scientists and experts can share their achievements in the field of bio, hydro and wind power, the use of solar energy and the introduction of heat pumps. In turn, German specialists are ready to cooperate with our country in addressing climate change.
Waste sorting plant opens in Kobrin as part of Belarus-UN ecological project
Cooperation between Belarus and the United Nations in the field of environmental safety resulted in a project implemented in Kobrin, Brest region.
The town got a new factory for sorting waste. A few years ago local residents did not know what to do since a large dump was near the town. And the money, in fact, were lying right under their feet.
UN experts praise Belarus' environmental protection efforts
UN experts highly appreciate the activity of our country in the protection of the environment. Now Belarus supports the 20 international conventions on the protection of rare flora and fauna, the ozone layer, to prevent the pollution of air, soil and water quality improvement.
According to statistics, the Environmental Performance Index in our country over the recent 10 years has improved by almost 40 notches - Belarus is now 32nd out of 178 countries.
Belarus-World Bank: current and future joint projects
Belarus and the World Bank (WB) have discussed new areas of cooperation. Belarus has been a member of the WB for more than 20 years. In the last two years the credit supply for Belarus has increased considerably. Road building, water supply, education and other spheres are among common interests.
For about four years, a massive reconstruction of Brest city sewage treatment plants has been implemented.
In 2010, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development started financing the construction of sewage treatment plants for phosphorus and nitrogen elimination.
New edition of Belarusian Red Book being prepared
There are over a thousand protected areas in Belarus that are under the sign of "Specially protected area" hidden from the public eye.
Both ordinary and Red Book animals live here and hunting them can set you back a significant sum of money.
According to experts’ observations, there are more and more Red Book animals; however, it has nothing to do with the deterioration of the situation.
The first edition of the Belarusian Red Book was published in 1981, and back then it consisted of 165 points.
Belarus-banded stork seen around Sharm El Sheikh
A Belarusian bird flew to Egypt. A stork banded in Belarus was seen around Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula. A flock of 10,000 banded birds was photographed by a local ornithologist. There was only one stork with a Belarusian band in that flock.
Belarusian storks often spend a break in these areas in early September when flying towards the south. After that break, Belarusian storks fly further south and spend winter in Saharan Africa, in Chad or Sudan. They even fly as far as South Africa.
Eco trail to open in Kamennaya Gorka neighborhood of Minsk
The opening of the eco-trail is scheduled for October 2015, new agency BelTA informs.
Head of the working group of the program of cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Evgeny Lobanov said: "The project is being developed and we hope that this autumn the eco trail will open in Kamennaya Gorka. For now we plan the opening in October. The route and a series of stands is ready."
EU preparing new ecologic support program for Eastern Partnership nations
The European Union is preparing a new support program of Eastern Partnership in the environmental field. This was announced on June 29 in Minsk during the dialogue the heads of environmental agencies of the member-states of the European initiative.
The assistance will depend on the specific needs of each nation and can be both technical and financial. In general, the EU and Eastern Partnership reaffirmed their intention to further develop cooperation in the field of environmental protection.