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Rural tourism guidebook issued by UNDP

Minsk, 26 May 2006 - A guidebook for tourists presented in Minsk yesterday will help to make a fascinating journey around the Belavezhskaya Puscha, a worldwide famous national park.

A booklet “Leisure in a Village House in the Close Vicinity of the Belavezhskaya Puscha” was designed within the framework of the UNDP project entitled “Environmentally Sustainable Development in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Belarus-Poland Region: Combining Protected Area Management with Rural Sustainability” which has been implemented in Belarus since 2004.

The guidebook provides a detailed description of cultural, historic and environmental values of the region such as architectural monuments, places associated with the names of prominent people, and natural assets. The booklet also describes the existing estates and tourist routes of the Belavezskaya Puscha region out of which tourists can choose anything of interest for them.

“The perfectly illustrated publication shows the values owned by the Belarusian people and is intended to help as many people as possible to see the unique nature of Belarus and to explore the history of our country,” representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, Olga Belyakova, noted.

The recently launched web-site of the UNDP project — — was also presented to the media, tourist companies, non-governmental organizations and project partners. It contains information about the estates, historic monuments and tourist routes of the Belavezhskaya Puscha region. The site offers a feedback facility enabling visitors to get timely and comprehensive response to the questions they may wish to ask.

“We hope that the guidebook and the web-site will allow to attract tourists to the Belavezhskaya Puscha region. Eventually, this will make a positive impact on the development of infrastructure in the five districts covered by the project, notably Kamenets, Pryzhany, Volkovysk, Zelva and Svicloch districts,” the UNDP Project Manager, Dmitry Frischin, said.

The Guidebook “Leisure in a Village House in the Close Vicinity of the Belavezhskaya Puscha” in Russian in pdf format can be loaded by clicking here.

For more information, please contact: Dmitry Schechin, Public Information Assistant of the UNDP Project, 203-59-75 or , or the UNDP Communications Associate, Vladislav Khilkevich, at 227-38-17.

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