Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)10
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Purbeck Heritage Coast (United Kingdom)

(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;

Having regard to Resolution Res (84) 7 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Purbeck Heritage Coast (United Kingdom);

Taking into consideration the regular reports transmitted to the Secretariat by the officials in charge of the site;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Purbeck Heritage Coast until 20 June 2019;

Attaches the following conditions to the renewal:

- the terms of the agreement between Dorset County Council and British Petroleum (BP) are being strictly adhered to, and BP should continue to work to the highest standards;

- the extension of existing quarries or the opening of new quarries must conform to the “exceptions” principle that they should only be permitted if they do not impair the character of the Purbeck Heritage Coast as a result of any one or a combination of the following:

- their scale and length;

- their negative impact on the landscape, wildlife and the enjoyment of the area by the public or local communities;

- the practical impossibility of achieving satisfactory restoration and aftercare within a period of five years following the cessation of work;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. work should continue on the inventory of natural areas calling for more adequate protection, as should research on these sites, particularly in the marine reserves, where the periodic inventories of fauna and flora should be continued;

2. any progress to reduce intensive arable use on the immediate edge of the cliffs would be welcome;

3. work should continue to restore eroded paths, in particular through finding innovative solutions such as those used at Lulworth Cove;

4. efforts to promote the use of more sustainable methods of transport by visitors (bus, train, bicycle, walking and riding) should be increased;

5. measures should continue to be taken to address risks of oil, chemical and other pollution from shipping and marine waste in general;

6. new resources should be made available to ensure the integrity in perpetuity of the newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and its effective presentation to the public;

7. the Heritage Landscape Management Plan for the Lulworth Estate should be implemented;

8. co-operation and the establishment of partnerships in management planning, action and exchange of information between all major bodies involved with conservation and management should continue as it is the key method for future management of the coast.


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