Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)6
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Berezinsky State Biosphere Reserve (Belarus)

(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(95)19 on the award of the European Diploma to the Berezinsky State Reserve (Belarus);

Taking into consideration the expert’s report as presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists for 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 Berezinsky State Biosphere Reserve (Belarus) until 11 September 2020;

Attaches the following condition to the renewal:

1. the protection regime and ownership of the land should be kept unchanged;

Attaches the following five recommendations to the renewal:

1. sufficient resources need to be generated both by the government and by the reserve to protect effectively the biodiversity resources and to continue scientific research. In addition to extra-budgetary sources of income, other sources should be tapped, especially in co-operation with NGOs such as Okhova Ptushak Beloarusi (Belorusian BirdLife) and the WWF;

2. further efforts should be taken to prevent negative effects from the fragmentation of the reserve by the M3 road and to preserve the integrity of the core area;

3. further study of the dynamics of the mammal populations, animal movements and fauna migration between the core and the buffer zones should be carried out in order to follow the progress of the effects of hunting on the current situation and manage the populations accordingly;

4. continue with the efforts between the appropriate ministries to ensure that the development of tourism is well controlled;

5. in order to mitigate possible risks and hazards connected with climatic changes and possible large-scale disturbances on the reserve, the study programme on these topics should be continued.



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