Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)2
on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Retezat National Park (Romania)

(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 the proposals of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention;

Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas (PE-S-DE(2007)2) on 8 and 9 February 2007 and the decision of the Group of Specialists concerning the park’s candidature on 17 March 2008;

Having noted the agreement of the Government of Romania;

After deliberation,

Solemnly awards the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Retezat National Park (Romania), recognising the European significance of the park which has remarkable landscapes, very diverse habitats and a high biodiversity, large areas of very interesting and significant virgin or semi-virgin forests of different types, long-term protection, limited existing impacts, limited threats from outside and a good management plan and organisation;

Places the aforesaid area under the patronage of the Council of Europe until 2 July 2013;

Attaches the following condition to the award:

– ensure that no further hydro-power project will take place in the park and minimise the impact of the two projects under way;

Attaches the following recommendations to the award:

1. reduce the impact of the road under construction on the south-eastern boundary of the park;

2. further increase information on the park and its assets in the visitor centres as well as in the park itself;

3. be more involved in spatial planning to encourage a better integration of new buildings in the vicinity of the park;

4. find ways of continuing to support regional development, for example along the lines of the current small grant programme;

5. pursue and increase evaluation and monitoring of the pastoral activities;

6. closely monitor forest rehabilitation to make sure that the new owners are fully aware of the rules set out in the forest management plan.



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