Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)6
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Matsalu National Park (Estonia)

(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 ResDip(2003)17 awarding the European Diploma to the Matsalu Nature Reserve (Estonia);

Taking into consideration the expert's report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas on 17 and 18 March 2008;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Matsalu National Park (new name) until 28 May 2013;

Attaches the following conditions to the renewal:

– the ongoing land reform process shall not in any way change the present characteristics of the national park or be detrimental to the park’s biodiversity;

– maintenance of the meadows, particularly the coastal ones, shall continue to be given high priority;

– the national park’s management shall have the necessary funds to continue its monitoring, enforcement and environmental education activities;

– private open land shall not be developed in any way that would be incompatible with the aims of the park;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. co-operation with farmers should continue, and where possible increase, particularly in the form of support for traditional uses like grazing or mowing;

2. the national park’s management should continue to play a social role to help the local people within the park’s boundaries develop activities compatible with the aims of the park, such as bird-watching, handicrafts and restoration of the historical heritage;

3. potential external threats from industry, agriculture, tourism and development should be continuously monitored and a buffer zone in which hunting is prohibited should be established around the national park;

4. continue the programme for the elimination of alien species;

5. reinforce the programme of scientific studies.


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