UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TURNS CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE, 48,870 HECTARES, INTO GAME RESERVE
Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Kiev, in Russian 13 Aug 07
BBC Monitoring Service, United Kingdom, Mon, Aug 13, 2007
KIEV - The Chernobyl exclusion zone and zone of absolute resettlement
(48,870 hectares - Interfax-Ukraine) have been declared a general zoological
game reserve of national importance "Chernobyl Special".
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed the decree to this effect on 13
August, the presidential press service has said.
The decree was signed to preserve the unique features of the forests in the
exclusion zone within the Kiev Polisya region, Ukraine's largest reservation
of wild life that needs protection and regulation of population of animals.
According to the decree, the Cabinet of Ministers should approve a
regulation on the general zoological game reserve of national importance
"Chernobyl Special" within three months.
Also, the cabinet was instructed to transfer the area under protection of
the state department for administration of the exclusion zone and zone of