Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)2
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Oka 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)24 on the award of the European Diploma to the Oka National Biosphere 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 Oka National Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation) until 5 September 2019;

Attaches the following condition to the renewal:

1. any regionalisation or privatisation measures must not affect the reserve’s current protected status;

Attaches the following five recommendations to the renewal:

1. to continue the efforts made over the last five years to provide the awarded area with sufficient resources to ensure the proper conduct of scientific research;

2. to conserve habitats of the Desman population:

- the reserve should be extended south-eastwards in the Lopata zone, as far as the river Pra, in order to include some typical water meadow habitats not yet represented in the reserve, a number of oxbow lakes and a portion of the Oka river bank;

- the prime Desman habitats, currently located near but outside the diploma-holding area, should also be incorporated into the diploma site;

furthermore, efforts should be made to encourage the handover to the Oka National Biosphere Reserve of the hay meadows located on the left bank of the Pra, to the south of grid squares 169 to 171 in the central forest section;

3. adequate resources should be provided for the purpose of raising the level of public education and information and developing links with local communities, while making full use of the reserve’s assets and the large amount of available scientific data. Additional efforts should be made by the authorities with a view to making suitable educational material available, particularly to a young audience;

4. the measures to regenerate habitats of the Desman in the Oka plain should be continued;

5. a management plan for the reserve should be produced and implemented as soon as possible.



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