Institute of Land Reclamation today
For Belarus, where bogs and wetlands accounted for more than 40% of the territory, solving reclamation problems was and remains vital for economic development. Drainage amelioration has affected the economic growth and has had great social and aesthetic value. Due to recent changes, the center of gravity in the land reclamation activities of Belarus, instead of building new facilities and structures, has shifted towards the reconstruction and operation of existing systems.
Currently, the Institute of Land Reclamation is part of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Agriculture and provides scientific support for the use of over 4.5 million hectares of agricultural land, including 2.9 million hectares of drained land and 3 million hectares of hayfields and pastures, among which drained ones amount to 1.6 million hectares.