Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)1
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Teberda National Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 September 2010
at the 1091st 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)23 on the award of the European Diploma to the Teberda National Reserve (Russian Federation);

Taking into consideration the expert’s report as presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas on 4 and 5 March 2010;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas awarded to the Teberda National Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation) until 5 September 2019;

Attaches the following three conditions to the renewal:

1. the tourist facilities in the protected area near Dombay will be neither extended nor developed. The co-operation between the reserve manager and the company running the tourist facilities on joint technical projects should be supported;

2. it will continue to be prohibited to drop off skiers by helicopter;

3. any regionalisation or privatisation measures must in no way adversely affect the reserve’s current protected status;

Attaches the following six recommendations to the renewal:

1. the management plan should be finalised and implemented;

2. every effort should be made to provide the reserve with the funding required to maintain and, if possible, improve its functioning;

3. information and education activities should continue to be further developed as far as possible. The new museum in Teberda should serve as a showcase of the reserve’s exceptional heritage value;

4. scientific research activities should be pursued and any results that have environmental management purposes should be published. The reserve’s management should be given the necessary means to facilitate the access of scientists and foreign visitors to the work of the diploma site in the appropriate languages;

5. co-operation with the nature conservation authorities in Georgia should be pursued and stepped up with a view to creating a transfrontier protected area;

6. the authorities should ensure that the Caucasus Polygon, which was officially established in February 2010, becomes effective.



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