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08 February 2021, 19:03

Protected areas of Brest Oblast expand by 1,200ha in 2020

BREST, 8 February (BelTA) – The territory of specially protected areas in Brest Oblast increased by 1,235 hectares in 2020, BelTA learned from the natural resources and environmental protection committee of Brest Oblast.

Specially protected areas current occupy 15% of the region's territory. In 2020, Brest Oblast made a decision to transform two sanctuaries in Kobrin District, create and transform a natural monument in Lyakhovichi District. Another five natural monuments were transformed in Gantsevichi District.

There are 556 protected habitats of 74 animal species and 491 protected habitats of 58 plant species that are included in the Red Book of Endangered Species of Belarus.

Some 78,000 trees and 30,000 bushes were planted in cities and villages of Brest Oblast in 2020. The area of green spaces increased by 126 hectares thanks to citizens' participation in landscaping and tree planting campaigns.

Brest Oblast also finished drafting documents on water conservation areas and coastal strips for all cities and districts. In order to ensure that wastewater that drains into water bodies meets the quality requirements, work is underway to renovate wastewater treatment facilities in Baranovichi, Bereza, Brest, Zhabinka, Luninets, and Pinsk. The natural resources and environmental protection committee finished preparing design specifications for upgrading wastewater treatment facilities in Drogichin, Ivanono, and Lyakhovichi.

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