Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)1
on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Central Balkan National Park (Bulgaria)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 21 October 2009
at the 1068th 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 Res (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma for certain protected landscapes, reserves and natural features, as amended by Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)1 on the revised regulations for the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

Taking into consideration the expert's report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas on 2 and 3 March 2009;

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

Awards the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Central Balkan National Park until 21 October 2014;

Attaches the following conditions to the award:

- the authorities responsible must express their commitment not to alter the management plan and the conservation regime of the different zones of the park and to renew the plan respecting similar conservation conditions;

- the authorities concerned must provide a sufficient budget to ensure regular operation of the park as well as maintenance of its infrastructure;

- a public advisory council should be established in order to ensure public participation in the management of the park;

Attaches the following recommendations to the award:

1. a buffer zone around the park should be established (conformity with the zone, limited impact on forest and agricultural land, protection of water, etc.); the obligation to implement the Natura 2000 network, as prescribed by the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) in the national park and its buffer zone should be acknowledged;

2. no mass tourism activities in contradiction with the sustainable development principles should be authorised in the park;

3. well-managed summer grazing should be encouraged; a monitoring programme to determine the ideal number of animals permitted in order to respect biodiversity should be established; the possibility of controlling juniper and other shrub growth by means other than fire should be studied;

4. the situation of the buildings within the park should be clarified and the necessary means to maintain or improve them should be ensured, as appropriate.


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