Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)14
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Ecrins National Park (France)

(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(90)15 on the award of the European Diploma to the Ecrins National Park (France);

Taking into consideration both the discussions held between the Secretariat and the site manager and the advice of the Group of Specialists of the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas awarded to the Ecrins National Park (France) until 17 July 2020;

Attaches the following ten recommendations to the renewal:

1. partnerships with the park’s local authorities, intermunicipal bodies and local area plans should be strengthened in order to develop the necessary synergies for implementing a model policy for preserving the heritage with a view to sustainable development;

2. the mechanisms for the continuous reporting, cataloguing and dissemination of heritage data should be improved, with particular attention being paid to cultural data and data relating to local know-how, and any expertise developed by the park authorities and its partners under the charter should be reported;

3. the park’s role as an environmental watchdog should be established, within networks of institutional partners, in response to the need to permanently monitor changes associated with global warming;

4. further efforts should be made, in association with local players, to develop partnerships emphasising the methodological support, evaluation and technical support tasks of the national park, with a view to ensuring that activities are environmentally integrated;

5. closer partnerships should be forged with the national forestry department, the local forestry authorities and the managers of privately owned forests (CRPF) to encourage more effective information sharing and the practice of exemplary multifunctional forestry management;

6. efforts should be made to improve existing methods and tools for monitoring the physiognomy of the local area as well as awareness-raising tools, notably with a view to identifying areas of future work and alerting local players to major changes in the landscape;

7. close attention should be paid to the development of various forms of leisure and sporting activities, for example through better monitoring of numbers of visitors and by encouraging users to adopt practices that are more respectful of species and habitats;

8. efforts should be made to monitor motorised and non-motorised flights over the core section of the park and to control the need for helicopter transport by holding discussions with mountain stockbreeders, owners and operators of mountain huts about the need to reduce the impact on species and the environment in the areas concerned;

9. co-operation and solidarity measures geared towards rural communities should be pursued, in connection with the national strategy, in order to better reconcile the return of major predators with stock-keeping activities;

10. the charter should be finalised and then the charter itself, as well as the conventions and programmes adopted under it, should be periodically assessed and adjustments made if necessary.



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