Pripyatsky National Park

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Pripyatsky National Park

  • Country: 
    Belarus
  • Site number: 
    2197
  • Area: 
    88,553 ha
  • Designation date: 
    29-03-2013
  • Coordinates: 
    52°00'N 28°05'E
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Overview

Pripyatsky National Park. 29/03/2013; Gomel Region; 88,553 ha; 52°00?N 28°00’E; Important Bird Area, National Park. The site is a large floodplain located in the valley of the Pripyat river, characterized by permanent rivers and streams, forested and non-forested peatlands, freshwater tree-dominated wetlands, transitional mires, raised bogs, marshes, and ponds within seasonally flooded agricultural land. The site harbours numerous nationally-rare species of flora and fauna which are important for the conservation of biological diversity within the Continental biogeographic region. The floodplain plays an important role in flood regulation, water supply and the maintenance of water quality and groundwater recharge. The peatland areas also store and sequestrate carbon contributing to global climate regulation. The land is used for forestry, agriculture and recreational fishing and hunting. The site is also host to a great concentration of archaeological sites protected by the State for their historical and cultural value. Threats include pollution and eutrophication of surface waters by industrial and agricultural enterprises and sewage from residential areas, alteration of the hydrological regime as a result of the construction of polders and drainage channels, logging, overgrazing, mowing, construction of roads and pipelines, and radioactive contamination as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. A management plan for the National Park has been adopted which covers the period from 2011 to 2030. Ramsar Site no. 2197. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

Administrative region: 
Gomel Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
    • State Landscape and hydrological reserve
  • Last publication date: 
    29-03-2013

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