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    CM(2002)111 5 August 2002
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    807 Meeting, 11 September 2002
    9 Sustainable Development


    9.2 Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP)

    Abridged report, 6th meeting of the CO-DBP (Budapest, 24 February 2002)

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    ABRIDGED REPORT

    1. The Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP) held its 6th meeting on 28 February 2002 in Budapest and was chaired by Mr Raymond-Pierre Lebeau (Switzerland).

    2. The list of participants can be obtained from the Natural Heritage and Biological Diversity Division; the agenda is set out in Appendix I.

    3. Regarding the development of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy in relation to the CO-DBP and Council of Europe’s contribution to this exercise, the CO-DBP:

    - took note of the Secretariat's comments on the structural aspects and Joint Secretariat;

    - examined the documents of the Conference “Biodiversity in Europe” and of the meeting of the Council for the Strategy (STRA-CO).

    4. Programme of the CO-DBP’s activities

    a. Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 1: Establishing the Pan-European Ecological Network

    The CO-DBP decided:

    - to send written comments on the draft Resolution on the Pan-European Ecological Network to the Secretariat no later than 20 March 2002;

    - to instruct the Secretariat to revise the draft Resolution in the light of the comments received and to change the form according to the Danish proposal;

    - to discuss the revised version at its next meeting.

    b. Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 2: Integration of biological and landscape diversity considerations into sectoral policies

    Soil Charter

    The CO-DBP decided:

    - to send written comments on the revised European Soil Charter to the Secretariat before 15 April 2002;

    - to instruct the Secretariat to revise the Soil Charter integrating the comments and send the revised text by E-mail to the CO-DBP members;

    - to examine the new draft at its next meeting in 2003, in view of transmitting it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.

    Tourism

    The CO-DBP had no remarks to make on the document of the Council of Europe’s activities on tourism and environment that would contribute to the Kyiv Ministerial Conference.

    Agriculture

    The CO-DBP took note of the information presented by the Secretariat on the state of preparation of the Pan-European Conference on Agriculture and Biodiversity which would be held in Paris on 5-7 June 2002.

    Transport

    The CO-DBP took note that the Code of Transport had been adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and transmitted to its member States in October 2001.

    c. Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 3: Raising awareness and support with policy makers and the public: activities of the Centre Naturopa

    The CO-DBP took note that the next meeting of the National Agencies of Naturopa would be held on 17-18 June 2002 and that Naturopa would be developed in an interactive way on the Council of Europe website. The Naturopa magazine would also integrate cultural heritage aspects.

    d. European Landscape Convention

    The CO-DBP took note that the first Conference of Signatory and Contracting States to the European Landscape Convention was held in Strasbourg on 22-23 November 2001, attended by 26 European States and 16 international organisations and NGOs. The Secretariat recalled that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe entrusted the CO-DBP and the Cultural Heritage Steering Committee (CD-PAT) to follow up the Landscape Convention. The Secretariat would send to the CO-DBP members the report of the Landscape Conference held in November 2001 and appealed to States to ratify the Landscape Convention as soon as possible.

    5. European Diploma for Protected Areas

    The CO-DBP:

    - took note of the meeting report;

    - approved the following draft resolutions set out in the appendices to the report and decided to refer them to the Committee of Ministers for adoption:

    - Lünebourg Heath Nature Reserve, Germany (Appendix 2);
    - Maremma Nature Park, Italy (Appendix 3);
    - Bialowieza National Park, Poland (Appendix 4);

    - Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Belarus (Appendix 5);
    - Selvagens Nature Reserve, Portugal (Appendix 6);
    - Port Cros National Park, France (Appendix 7);
    - Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine (Appendix 8);
    - Krimml Falls Natural Site, Austria (Appendix 9);
    - Abruzzi National Park, Italy (Appendix 10);
    - Swiss National Park, Switzerland (Appendix 11);
    - Muddus National Park, Sweden (Appendix 12);
    - Sarek and Padjelanta National Parks, Sweden (Appendix 13).

    - took note of the new applications for the European Diploma for Protected Areas of:

    - Thayatal National Park, Austria;
    - Matsalu Nature Reserve, Estonia;

    - approved the Group’s decisions concerning the revised applications for the European Diploma for Protected Areas of:

    - Tihany Peninsula, Hungary;
    - Carpathian National Park, Ukraine.

    6. Draft future work programme of the CO-DBP for the years 2002 and 2003, as part of the Action Plan 2001-2005 of the Pan-European Strategy

    The CO-DBP:

    - noted that the Work Programme for 2002 had been implemented as scheduled apart from the Conference on Tourism;

    - welcomed the preparation of a European Charter of Principles for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and gave its support;

    - decided to approve the Work Programme for 2003.

    7. Election of the members of the Bureau of the CO-DBP

    The CO-DBP decided to:

    - re-elect Mr Raymond-Pierre Lebeau (Switzerland) Chair of the CO-DBP, with a mandate of one year, non-renewable;

    - elect Mr Zamir Dedej (Albania) Vice-Chair of the CO-DBP, with a mandate of one year, renewable;

    - elect Mr Borja Heredia (Spain) member of the Bureau, with a mandate of two years, renewable once.

    Mrs Adriana Baz (Romania), elected in 2001, remained 1st Vice-Chair, with a mandate of one year and Mr Lauri Norberg (Finland) remained member of the Bureau with a mandate of one year.

    8. Date and place of the next meetings of the CO-DBP and its Bureau

    The CO-DBP:

    - took note that the next meeting of the CO-DBP would be organised as usual back-to-back with the next STRA-CO meeting and that the date and place would be fixed as soon as the date of the STRA-CO meeting was decided.

    Appendix 1

    Agenda

    1. Opening of the meeting by the Chair

    2. Adoption of the agenda

    3. Development of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy in relation to the CO-DBP and Council of Europe’s contribution to this exercise:

    3.1 Structural aspects and Joint Secretariat
    3.2 Examination of the documents: of the Conference “Biodiversity in Europe” and of the meeting of the Council for the Strategy (STRA-CO)

    4. Programme of the CO-DBP’s activities

    4.1 Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 1:
    - Establishing the Pan-European Ecological Network

    4.2 Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 2: Integration of biological and landscape diversity considerations into sectoral policies:
    - State of preparation of the Conference on Agriculture and Biodiversity (Paris, June 2002)
    - Transports and infrastructures relative to the biological and landscape diversity

    4.3 Contribution of the Council of Europe to Action Theme 3: Raising awareness and support with policy makers and the public: activities of the Centre Naturopa

    4.4 European Landscape Convention

    5. European Diploma for Protected Areas: Renewal and award of the European Diploma for Protected Areas

    6. Draft Work Programmes of the CO-DBP for the years 2002 and 2003, as part of the Action Plan 2001-2005 of the Pan-European Strategy

    7. Election of the members of the CO-DBP Bureau

    8. Date and place of the next meeting of CO-DBP and its Bureau

    9. Other business

    Appendix 2

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve (Germany)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented to the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas at its meeting on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve until 25 October 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. pursue political recognition of the Verein Naturschutzpark’s (Nature Park Association) Lüneburger Heide Nature Reserve as deserving the same provisions for public financial funding as the Federal Nature Parks;

    2. pursue assignment of the ownership or the management of the state-owned areas in the red zones to the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V.;

    3. pursue complete termination of ground water extraction; if this proves impossible, to pursue reduction or at least set a limit to, the quantity currently being extracted;

    4. create a corridor between the large heathlands east and west of Wilsede;

    5. continue the restoration of the red zones and of brooks and associated wetland biotopes (wet brook valley grassland);

    6. adhere to the model plan for annual reports.

    Appendix 3

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Maremma Nature Park (Italy)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (92) 17 awarding the European Diploma to the Maremma Regional Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Maremma Regional Park until 18 May 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. devise and implement a wildlife management plan which gives priority to indigenous species and comprises urgent measures to limit the proliferation of fallow deer;

    2. monitor developments concerning the shore and avoid any action to counter erosion that could adversely affect the natural assets;

    3. improve protection and surveillance of the Park’s inshore waters;

    4. conserve fresh-water resources and prevent their salinisation by limiting extraction;

    5. evaluate the impact of the Park’s extended visiting times and reconsider the issue of a high admission fee;

    6. continue to ensure optimum compatibility between agricultural activities and the preservation of the richness and diversity of the Park’s flora and fauna, by continuing and expanding the action already conducted on these lines;

    7. complete and implement the revision of the zoning plan and forward the latter to the Council of Europe;

    8. ensure the long-term conservation and management of the Trappola area;

    9. encourage swift implementation of applied research results in the Park’s management.

    Appendix 4

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to Bialowieźa National Park (Poland)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (97) 20 awarding the European Diploma to Bialowieźa National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to Bialowieźa National Park until 30 September 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. increase the Park’s financial resources so that it can carry out its task, implement the new 2001 management plan, make the investments necessitated by its expansion and develop or restore its infrastructures;

    2. reorganise all the fully protected sites and areas of the Park within a coherent system that covers the whole of the primeval forest, to be managed by the National Park administration;

    3. draw up a list, showing which parts of the forest are still subject to management for economic purposes. Launch a pilot programme of studies then, with the aim of devising an eco-friendly forestry system which supports the sustainable development and biodiversity of the primeval forest, particularly by means of selective techniques of multilayered stands silviculture (Plenterwald). The volume of trees to be felled will depend on the use of these techniques and on timber-yield forecast by the management plan itself;

    4. ensure that the two local administrative bodies (state forest and national park) should form a single management authority, whilst respecting all of the economic and ecological functions of the primeval forest and their respective administrative responsibilities;

    5. take legislative, administrative and technical decisions gradually, within the Bialowieźa primeval forest and the county of Hajnowka, as required by the management guidelines proposed by the DANCEE/Bialowieźa Forest project;

    6. develop permanent links, in the form of courses and placements, with European university forestry departments, in order to encourage, or extend, scientific research;

    7. prohibit all overflying of the Park at an altitude of less than 4 000 m;

    8. ensure that the ministries responsible should conclude a bilateral agreement confirming the principles for co-operation between the Bialowieźa and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Parks and defining a co-ordinated management system, particularly in respect of the conservation of ecosystems and their components, silviculture applied to forest stands, tourism and educational activities.

    Appendix 5

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (Republic of Belarus)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers‘ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (97) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park until 30 September 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. implement, before the end of the European Diploma renewal period and by 1 January 2005 at the latest, a ten-year national park management plan drawn up in line with the directives for the plan for biodiversity conservation and planning for the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park proposed by the GEF project;

    2. maintain and increase the contribution allotted by the administration to the Park’s budget to enable the Park to achieve the objectives set for it;

    3. guarantee stability concerning the Directorate of the Park in order to ensure the monitoring of the site’s management;

    4. gain more in-depth knowledge of the primeval forest, inter alia, by co-ordinating the study of primeval forest plots in the total protection zone with constant monitoring of the ancient woods of the Bialowieźa National Park;

    5. review, when revising the forestry plan forming part of an overall park management plan, the silvicultural techniques applied in the Park’s other zones with a view to more discerning management and to wood-felling consistent with the forest’s diversity and development;

    6. draw up a rescue plan for the Tisovka silver fir stand, which must be constantly monitored by a forestry institute;

    7. pursue the policy of purchasing ecologically sensitive land with a view to enlarging the National Park, particularly drained farmland enclaved between the Dikoe marshes and the Shereshevo forest hunting reserve;

    8. create ecological corridors between the core areas of the wilderness protection zone of the Park;

    9. continue joint studies in the two national parks in Belarus and Poland to ensure proper conservation and efficient management of the bison populations of the entire Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest;

    10. remove the fence at the Belarusian-Polish border or, failing this, create passages at suitable points allowing the migration of large mammals;

    11. apart from the culling of sick animals, prohibit all hunting within the territory of the National Park and ensure that the wolf has total protection therein;

    12. set up a plan for the conservation of the capercaillie and the restoration of its habitats, in particular its breeding sites;

    13. make a start on necessary research into the effects of fishing and of the restocking of the Park’s watercourses and lakes on the indigenous aquatic populations, so as to determine criteria for the management of these resources;

    14. pursue studies of invertebrate fauna and determine their state of conservation and their interest within the Park’s biocenoses;

    15. draw up and introduce a plan for the re-establishment of Cypripedium calceolus and Astrantia major, and continue the research begun into the state of conservation of plants;

    16. increase the number of park guides and provide them with the necessary training. Strengthen the Park’s scientific team and step up relations with Belarusian and Polish scientific institutes with a view to developing the research programme necessary to the Park’s management;

    17. give the visitors’ centre an educational and recreational role consistent with the objectives of conserving biological and landscape diversity;

    18. conclude, at the level of the relevant ministries, a bilateral agreement ensuring cooperation between the departments of the Bialowieźa and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Parks and laying down terms for co-ordinated management, particularly in the areas of conservation of ecosystems and their components, silviculture applied to forest stands, tourism activities and educational work.

    Appendix 6

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve (Portugal)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers'‘ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (92) 18 awarding the European Diploma to the Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented to the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas at its meeting on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP);

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve until 18 May 2007;

    Attaches the following condition to the renewal:

    - preserve the current legal status of the reserve;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. reconstruct the drystone dykes of the plateau of Great Salvage;

    2. continue the monitoring of alien species, particularly the efforts to prevent the yellow-legged gull (Atlantic form) Larus cachinnans atlantis from breeding in the islands.

    Appendix 7

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to Port-Cros National Park (France)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe;

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (97) 22 awarding the European Diploma to Port-Cros National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to Port-Cros National Park until 30 September 2006;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. improve the protected status of the Park’s marine area through the following specific measures:

    a. development of Portman Bay (installation of mooring facilities to obviate anchoring; restrictions on number of craft or time in harbour in order to avoid crowding; redefinition of the protected bands to safeguard the Posidonia);

    b. effective regulation of commercial fishing by maintaining moderate fishing with a control system based on size and quantity and abolishing non-selective methods liable to affect the sea perch or other protected species;

    2. certain visual features of the port which are incongruous in the unique setting of a national park should be enhanced, particularly by reduction of advertising signboards; although the status as a classified site is already high, it could be further improved;

    3. prepare and publish a collection of the texts governing the Park’s marine and landscape areas;

    4. continue efforts to eradicate all invading species, such as Caulerpa taxifolia, Carpobrotus, feral cats and black rats;

    5. improve the ecological and aesthetic conditions of on-site services (bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.) through a Partnership Charter with the National Park, specifying the improvements required;

    6. ensure that management of the port should remain the National Park’s responsibility, no changes being made in dimensions or conditions, and that restrictions on boats without proper water-treatment systems should be considered;

    7. emphasise the award of the European Diploma; mention it on all documents and in the exhibition halls and should be taken into account in all new information initiatives.

    Appendix 8

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Ukraine)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (97) 21 awarding the European Diploma to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented to the Group of Specialists for the European Diploma for Protected Areas at its meeting on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve until 30 September 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. make available sufficient means to the reserve to ensure its proper functioning, and take measures to prevent negative influences affecting the status of the reserve and the surrounding area;

    2. extend the status of the present biosphere reserve to a model region for sustainable development, according to Unesco’s definition of the term, while guaranteeing that the present core area is maintained. This model region could be the Rakhiv district, where natural assets abound; for this to happen it is recommended that a special law on the Rakhiv ecological-economic zone be adopted, and the development of this region should be promoted using all appropriate measures;

    3. undertake a review of the protection categories in the region in order to make them compatible at international level;

    4. ensure realisation of projects on the expansion of the biosphere reserve’s territory and establishment of the transborder Ukrainian-Romanian biosphere reserve Maramoroski (Hutsul) Alps;

    5. encourage further international co-operation projects in the area of nature and landscape conservation and sustainable development.

    Appendix 9

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Krimml Waterfalls Natural Site (Austria)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Krimml Waterfalls Natural Site;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Krimml Waterfalls Natural Site until 27 October 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. ban any further installation or extension of shops on the road leading to the falls;

    2. take all necessary measures to ensure that any application to install shops or other buildings within sight of the falls is subject to the approval of the competent authorities;

    3. restrict shuttle bus services to those run at present;

    4. study the possibility of installing public toilets in the central area of the falls owing to the high number of visitors;

    5. pursue scientific research and secure funding to carry out studies along the lines of those covering the area's bird-life and mosses.

    Appendix 10

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Abruzzi National Park (Italy)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 39 awarding the European Diploma to the Abruzzi National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Abruzzi National Park until 26 November 2007;

    Attaches to the renewal the following recommendations, designed mainly to support the efforts already undertaken by the Park officials:

    1. ensure that adequate funding be guaranteed on a long-term basis, and that funds be made available in good time to undertake adequate and long-term management;

    2. take rapid steps to approve the alterations to the management plan that are laid down by the framework legislation on Protected Areas;

    3. take all necessary steps to consolidate, in the long term, the Park’s achievements and gains, in particular by guaranteeing that the policy in effect will be on-going, through the choice of the future Park director;

    4. clarify the responsibilities and accountability of the Forestry Corps personnel working in the Park;

    5. carry out the transfer of responsibility for the management of forest reserves, in compliance with the provisions of the framework legislation on Protected Areas;

    6. continue strictly to apply the legislation and regulations relating to land development (constructions, camping, etc.);

    7. guarantee long-term water quality protection, by encouraging improved waste water treatment in the villages located in the Park and by adapting the tourist load to the existing treatment capacities;

    8. carry out experiments required to develop forest management measures aimed at conserving beech forest biodiversity;

    9. strictly comply with the conditions for granting the European Diploma, in particular the on-time submission of the annual reports describing the situation of the Park.

    Appendix 11

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Swiss National Park (Switzerland)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Swiss National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Swiss National Park until 27 October 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. eliminate the enclave near the Punt dal Gall on the southern slopes of Mont la Scherra by incorporating it into the core zone;

    2. the absence of a peripheral zone, principally along the narrowest sectors of the Park, is increasingly noticeable. In the wake of the new extension, give priority consideration to setting up such a zone;

    3. consider the possibility of connecting the new extension to the rest of the Park by means of a core zone;

    4. consider the proposal made by Zernez municipality to make the Planta-Wildenberg Castle available for the Park headquarters, bearing in mind the difficulties in adapting the present buildings;

    5. continue the overriding importance of nurturing co-operation with Stelvio National Park.

    Appendix 12

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Muddus National Park (Sweden)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Muddus National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP);

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Muddus National Park until 27 October 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. practise day-to-day park management based on analytical methods (staff, investment, operations); the park manager could usefully keep an ongoing activity chart, which would help to plan activities and to monitor and evaluate them;

    2. substantially increase the number of staff assigned to park surveillance and infrastructure maintenance; greater efforts to combat poaching and stronger enforcement of the regulations on the use of skidoos would certainly aid protection of the species particularly affected by snow, namely lynx and wolverine;

    3. step up study and research work on the Park’s biodiversity and its trends, with a view to ultimately establishing a permanent observatory providing information and data on the Park;

    4. pursue current conservation strategies, more strongly integrating the landscape aspects;

    5. review lynx-hunting quotas allocated in the region.

    Appendix 13

    Resolution ResDip(2002)…
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Sarek and Padjelanta National Parks (Sweden)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on … 2002,
    at the …th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

    The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

    Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (67) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Sarek and Padjelanta National Parks;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP);

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Sarek and Padjelanta National Parks until 27 October 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. practise day-to-day park management based on analytical methods (staff, investment, operations); the park manager could usefully keep an ongoing activity chart, which would help to plan activities and to monitor and evaluate them;

    2. substantially increase the number of staff assigned to park surveillance and infrastructure maintenance; greater efforts to combat poaching and stronger enforcement of the regulations on the use of skidoos would certainly aid protection of the species particularly affected by snow, namely lynx and wolverine;

    3. step up study and research work on the Parks’ biodiversity and its trends, with a view to ultimately establishing a permanent observatory providing information and data on the Parks;

    4. pursue current conservation strategies;

    5. quickly initiate a programme to study and monitor the impact of reindeer herding on the natural environment;

    6. start up a programme to provide assistance and advice for the Sami population regarding its involvement in park management;

    7. undertake a programme to promote Sami culture and provide information on it to visitors.



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