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New web site and CD-ROM on the state of water resources in Belarus

This newly released State of Water resources report in Belarus on the Internet and on CD-ROM contains maps, pictures and articles. It takes the reader through various impacts, pressures and actions taken in the Eastern European country in order to protect the water resources.

Arendal, 4 August 2003 - About 25 per cent of the territory of Belarus was exposed to radioactive contamination as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine in 1986. These lands are a potential source of pollution for water bodies. Such is an example of some of the information found on the newly released web site and CD-ROM on the State of Water resources in Belarus.

Belarus is an Eastern European country with a population of 9.97 million people. The country is located along the watershed of the Baltic and Black Sea basins. The annual water resources per one resident in Belarus comprise 3,600 m3, including 1,400 m3 of ground waters, which is sufficient for current and perspective needs of the country.

The State of Water resources report in Belarus on the Internet and on CD-ROM contains maps, pictures and articles. It takes the reader through various impacts, pressures and actions taken in the Eastern European country in order to protect the water resources. The report aims to keep the general public in Belarus and the international community informed about the state of water resources in Belarus in connection with the International Year of Fresh Water under the UN aegis.

The report has been compiled by the Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources (CRICUWR) and facilitated by GRID-Arendal.

To see the report on the Internet go to: http://www.grida.no/enrin/htmls/belarus/water2003en/FrontPage.htm

To order the CD-ROM or get more information on the State of Water in Belarus please contact: Ieva.Rucevska@grida.no or valentin.yemelin@grida.no.

Monday 04 Aug 2003
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