Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)11
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Wachau Protected Landscape (Austria)

(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 (94) 25 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Wachau Protected Landscape (Austria);

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 Wachau Protected Landscape until 5 September 2019;

Attaches to the renewal the initial condition that the scheme to build a dam on the Danube at Dürnstein be abandoned definitively, as well as a similar scheme within and immediately downstream from the area covered by the diploma;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. the existence of the Jauerling protected zone should continue to be guaranteed;

2. the river should be maintained at its present level, guaranteeing the survival of the last alluvial forests;

3. work on restoration of the terraces and integration of the irrigation network should continue;

4. strict standards should be imposed on river tourism traffic, to ensure that it meets appropriate quality requirements for the Wachau;

5. the refurbishment of the Spitz quarry should finally be started; works should be staggered until 2019;

6. the moufflon population should be brought within a limit compatible with natural regeneration of the forest, without systematic recourse to protection fences;

7. efforts should be continued to preserve the apricot orchards;

8. steps should be taken to ensure that consultation on how to protect the Wachau against flooding takes place in co-operation with the local authorities concerned, in order to avoid separating the river from the hinterland by a substantial dyke.



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