Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)6
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the De Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve (Netherlands)

(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 (99) 18 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the De Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve (Netherlands);

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;

Recalling the initial condition of the award in 1999 that the project of the extension of Schiphol airport in Flevoland or Markemeer and similar projects be abandoned, as they are incompatible with the objectives of the European Diploma;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the De Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve until
9 September 2019;

Attaches the following condition to the renewal:

With regard to new information received concerning the development of the Lelystad regional airport, despite the condition attached to the award in 1999, any development of the airport must not have any negative impact on the reserve; this is to be confirmed once the full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure, including public consultation, has been finalised, and this should examine in particular:

- all alternative locations with least disturbing effects on the De Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve and its surroundings;

- all flight routes and heights and their risk of disturbing the fauna making use of the reserve and its surroundings as well as the risk of collision of birds with airplanes;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. the annual reports must include a specific paragraph on all developments in relation with Lelystad regional airport;

2. the authorities of the surrounding municipalities and the province must be persuaded to decrease external impacts on the reserve by reviewing urbanisation and zoning plans where appropriate;

3. the optimal functioning of the two visitor’s centres (Almere and Lelystad) should be ensured by increasing the budget for personnel, particularly with regard to the recruitment of communication experts;

4. the further integration of adjacent green areas such as Hollandse Hout into the reserve management should be completed; priority should be given to rebuilding the railway along a new route to the south of this zone and opening a new railway station at Lelystad-Zuid;

5. the visual impact of the urbanisation in Almere should be further minimised with the aim of a better gradual integration of the city into the open landscape by fully respecting the border and buffer zones of the reserve and by still further lowering the agreed building heights and volumes;

6. the recommendations of the ICMO (International Committee on the management of large herbivores in the De Oostvaardersplassen) report related to the management of the reserve and the further extension of the reserve should be implemented by building a corridor to Horsterwold; all efforts should be concentrated on establishing the De Oostvaarderswold as a multifunctional corridor with combined importance for nature conservation, recreation and water management; the existing windfarms along the future Oostvaarderswold corridor should be reviewed to reduce the risks of bird collisions and make it appear as “wild” as possible; new developments, infrastructures and investments in the future corridor zone other than those related to its specific ecological functions should be avoided; future ecological interconnection potential should be maximised by constructing wildlife crossings and tunnels where necessary.


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