The Inaugurating conference

Conference inaugurating the project entitled “Protection of white stork in the area of Podlaskie White Stork Trail through an information and education campaign”

The conference inaugurating the project entitled “Protection of white stork in the area of Podlaskie White Stork Trail through an information and education campaign” took place on June 5, 2014 at Pentowo Mansion [Dwór Pentowo]. It was organized by Podlaska Regional Tourist Organization with the content-related support provided by “Argo-Group” Association for Sustainable Development.
The project is co-financed by the Small Grants Fund of “Protection of biological and ecosystems diversity” PL02 Program within European Economic Area Grants 2009-2014, and its main aim is to raise social awareness on the significance of White Stork protection, especially in the areas valuable in terms of nature, including the Podlaskie White Stork Trail.
Polish Television [TVP] Białystok, TV Białystok, Polish Radio [Polskie Radio] Białystok and Gazeta Wyborcza provided media coverage of the conference.
Among the participants of this event, there were representatives of national and landscape parks from Podlaskie Voivodeship, Regional State Forest Directorate [Regionalna Dyrekcja Lasów Państwowych] in Białystok, ecological associations and groups, Regional Department of Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society [RO PTTK] in Białystok, tourist information points, tourist sector, Faculty of Management at The Białystok University of Technology, and the media.
Two main issues were presented at the conference: the concept of creating tourist offers in areas valuable in terms of nature, as shown in the example of the Podlaskie White Stork Trail (Andrzej Grygoruk – Deputy Director of Biebrza National Park for The Park’s Social Functions), and the matter of White Stork protection (Ireneusz Kaługa, EcoLogical Group [Grupa EkoLogiczna]). The Director of Podlaska Regional Tourist Organization, Sylwia Grudzińska, discussed the activities planned within the project.
After the conference, the participants had the opportunity to walk along the Śliwno-Waniewo Footbridge nature trail, admire the landscape of the Narew valley from the observation tower, and take a closer look at the greatest natural values of this area.