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  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code BY940001)
  • Since 1995
  • Country: Belarus
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 809 km2 (80900.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Manager President's Affairs Management Department of the Republic of Belarus 220016 Karl Marx Street, 38, Minsk, Belarus Fax: +375-172-200 696
Information 211188 Domzheritsy Lepel District Vitebsk Region BELARUS
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General character of the site The reserve is located in the marginal zone of the last Viurms Glacier and is characterized by a young glacier relief with rare combination of moraine heights, lake-glacier plains and abundant deep hollows. The stages of the present surface natural evolution are observed in the reserve. The uniqueness of the reserve's territory is also determined by the fact, that it is situated on the plane watershed between the Black and the Baltic Seas and occupies a vast limno- and fluvioglacial plain. 
Quality Special protected nature territory. Biosphere Reserve. 
Vulnerability There are still a number of villages in the buffer zone, with a total population of some 800 people. These villages tend to be in decline, as the possibilities of employment in the environs are extremely limited. 
Owner The entire reserve is the property of the state. 
Documentation Council of Europe - Application for the European Diploma (1994), Berezinsky State Biosphere Reserve, Strasbourg, 11 p. 
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Geomorphology The relief of the territory is represented by Quartenary and Holocenous deposits, formed by Ryss and Würm glaciers. The relief is represented by four geomorphological formations: ridge-high morainal, flat fluvioglacial and lymnoglacial, alluvial and bog. 
Educational interest The reserve has the opportunity for organisation of the excursions by ecological-educational trails and routs, a 8-10 day tours for the naturalists have been worked out. In the administrative centre the Nature Museum is acting, there is popular scientific and methodological literature which is available for distribution. The reserve has an opportunity for accomodation of students and schoolchildren groups and for carrying out field studies with them. 
Cultural heritage The ancient commercial way of vikings to Bezantium lays across this territory.Sections of the canal which linked the Black Sea to the Baltic, built in the 18th century, are well conserved; a sluice gate has been restored and is used to regulate the water level in certain marshes. There are several monuments to remind us that the region served as a refuge for many partisans during the second world war. 
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