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Forest Week gets underway in Belarus

Society 14.04.2018 | 11:26
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MINSK, 14 April (BelTA) – The Forest Week has started in Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Forestry Ministry.

The campaign will last from 14 to 21 April. It has been traditionally organized by the Forestry Ministry. “This year the campaign is dedicated to the Year of Native land and restoration of forests damaged by the board-scale distribution of bark beetles. The main objective of the campaign is to attract wide public attention to the problems of forests, to popularize a careful attitude to one of the main natural resources of the country, and to strengthen the environmental, economic and social role of forests.

Anyone can apply to a nearby forestry to take part in the campaign. The forestries will provide the volunteers with the necessary equipment and planting stock. For the current campaign the forestry companies have prepared more than 17 million seedlings to plant new forests on the area of over 3,700 hectares.

“Belarusians take an active part in the campaign. The campaign is widely supported by businessmen, public associations, mass media, government bodies, watchdogs, MPs and others,” the press service said.

Belarus will celebrate its Forest Week for the 11th time this year. An estimated 81,000 people took part in the campaign in 2016, and 82,500 in 2017.

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