The First Belarusian Regional Forestry Environmental Education Center «Harni» to Help the Development of Eco-Tourism in Hrodna Region

May 4, 2017

The opening of the first Belarusian regional forestry environmental education center "Harni" has taken place today at Harni park in the Lida district of Hrodna region. The new center, created on the territory of the botanical nature monument founded in 1881, will help to preserve the unique dendrological park, create the conditions for the development of eco-tourism and training on sustainable forest use and forest management.

The newly-created center includes the environmental classroom, the museum of forestry, the “Visiting Bees” exposition.

 

The creation of the center is a pilot initiative within the "Supporting the Transition to a “green” economy in the Republic of Belarus" project funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The center was created by the Public Association "Belarusian Botanical Society" in partnership with the State Forestry Establishment «Lida forestry enterprise», State Scientific Institution «The V.F.Kuprevich Institute of Experimental Botany of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus».

The school children of the Lida district have got a modern facility for ecological education. The new environmental classroom is equipped with multimedia technologies and is based in the historical building of the Lida forestry, built in 1937.

 

The Museum of Hrodna Forestry created within the new center is situated in the building that was established in 1972 for pine cones drying and was considered to be the best of its kind. The museum will not only allow to learn about the process of pine cones drying and seed cleaning, but also to get acquainted with the exposition of foresters’ uniform of recent years and to find out about the achievements of Lida forestry that can boast its more than 140-year history.

 

The guests of the center can also visit the functioning apiary where at the "Visit to bees” house a professional beekeeper will tell about the features of honey gathering, the structure of the hive and the family hierarchy of the bee family, and will treat the guests with honey and herbal tea.

Special ecological routes have been developed for the new center – not only walking, but also water and cycling routes. Kids will be able to enjoy the children's ecological path "Lukomorie" that was turned into an alley of fairy tales filled with mythical characters created by Ivan Mikulka, a local master of wood carving.

The “Harni” park, where the new center is located, has a dendrochronological value and has scientific, historical and ecologically-educational importance. The park boasts 158 trees that are more than 100 years old. Extant 135-year-old trees were planted on the days when the park was founded. Some of those rare trees were brought from North America.

As part of the creation of the new center, the territory of the “Harni” park has been refined. In addition to the sculptures, sports grounds and playgrounds, a special pavilion and alley for wedding ceremonies have been created where newlyweds will be able to plant their own "family" tree in a unique park.

 

The project "Supporting the Transition to a “green” economy in the Republic of Belarus", within which the new center has been created, aims at supporting the Republic of Belarus in generating green economic growth, including environmentally sustainable and economically feasible use of natural resources, promotion of green production and green consumption patterns, green jobs creation, changing target group's behavior towards greater environmental sustainability. The budget of the project – 5 million euro.

Contact information

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