MINSK, 14 February (BelTA) – Specially protected natural areas occupy 9% of the territory of Belarus, Belarus Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrei Khudyk said at the final board meeting of the ministry, BelTA has learned.
“Last year the area of specially protected natural areas continued to grow and amounted to 9% of the total territory of the country [8.9% in 2018]. This meets the target in the national environmental security,” Andrei Khudyk said.
As of 1 January 2020, there were 1,297 nature reserves in Belarus with the total area of 1,870,100 hectares.
In 2019 in line with the resolution of the Council of Ministers, the area of the national nature reserves Lebyazhy, Babinovchsky, and Kozyansky was revised. The government has also drafted resolutions to change the territory of three more protected areas: Falichsky Mokh, Vydritsa, and Servech.
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