Owing to its magnificent primeval forest—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Białowieża municipality is a major tourist draw. As a result, authorities must balance economic and technological development with the preservation of its natural heritage; Białowieża’s street lighting renewal is a perfect example.
The authorities had three objectives:
• Preserve a certain amount of dark sky at night to accommodate the forest animals’ circadian rhythms
• Illuminate roads and open spaces at night to create a greater sense of safety and cater to residents’ needs and tourist traffic, and improve overall quality of life
• Create substantial long-term energy savings