Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)3
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Cretan White Mountains National Park, Samaria (Greece)

(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 (79) 14 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Gorge of Samaria National Park (Greece);

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,

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Cretan White Mountains National Park until 13 September 2019;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. the relevant authorities should accelerate actions to extend the boundaries of the national park to cover a much larger area of the Cretan White Mountains;

2. an expert on biodiversity should be appointed or contracted to carry out regular monitoring of the flora and fauna of the park;

3. an annual budget should be allocated to the park, to be administered by the management board. The income from the entrance fee to the park may also be considered to finance monitoring projects, particularly recommendation 2 above.


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