Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)17
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Mercantour National Park (France)

(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 (93) 21 awarding the European Diploma to the Mercantour National Park (France);

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 Mercantour National Park until 3 May 2018;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. as part of the tasks entrusted to it under the Law No. 2006-436 of 14 April on National Parks, National Marine Parks and Regional Natural Parks, including contributing to the policy of protecting the natural, cultural and landscape heritage and developing initiatives aimed at gaining knowledge of and monitoring that heritage, pursue the fundamental research programme to assess the impact of predation by wolves on wild ungulates, in co-operation with the different partners concerned;

2. draw up the charter provided for by the Law of 14 April 2006 on national parks, stipulating the protection objectives in the park's core area and the development aims of the “peripheral zone”, now known as the “inclusion area” of the park;

3. maintain the investment of financial and human resources in scientific knowledge and support for research, inter alia, capitalising on the data yielded by the different research programmes by networking them and streamlining the existing databases and their use;

4. promote the implementation of projects in partnership with local municipalities and stakeholders;

5. pursue co-operation with the Maritime Alps Nature Park (Italy) with a view to establishing a transfrontier protected area.



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