Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)16
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Montecristo Island Nature Reserve (Italy)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 2 July 2008
at the 1031st 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 CM/ResDip(2008)1 on the revised regulations for the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

Having regard to Resolution (88) 10 awarding the European Diploma to the Montecristo Island Nature Reserve (Italy);

Taking into consideration the different reports sent to the secretariat by the managers of the diploma-holding area;

Having regard to the proposals of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention;

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Montecristo Island Nature Reserve until 12 June 2018;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. in co-operation with the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, finalise and implement the Territorial Information System (TIS) for the planning of management initiatives;

2. under the TIS, map the vegetation types present in the reserve, and in particular quantify the spread and distribution of Ailanthus populations on the island with a view to control measures;

3. limit the spread of Ailanthus as far as possible through selective systems and explore the possibility of eradicating it;

4. pursue efforts to regenerate the population of oak trees by monitoring and conducting regular checks on their development;

5. maintain the island's goat population at its current level and take steps to protect the other components of the ecosystem which are under particular threat from the goat population;

6. continue to apply the quota of 1 000 visitors a year recommended when the European Diploma was awarded and pursue the feasibility study on setting up a remote surveillance system; maintain arrangements for supervising groups of visitors;

7. pursue discussion and investigations with a view to replacing the diesel generator and using renewable energy sources on the island;

8. gain more in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna;

9. inform the secretariat of the progress made in securing approval of the reserve’s management plan by the Tuscan regional authorities.



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