Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)7
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Berchtesgaden National Park (Germany)

(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)14 on the award of the European Diploma to the Berchtesgaden National Park (Federal Republic of Germany);

Taking into consideration the expert’s report 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 Berchtesgaden National Park (Germany) until 18 June 2020;

Attaches the following nine recommendations to the renewal:

1. prepare and adopt by 2012 a new management plan including quantitative objectives to be reached during the following period and, to this effect, provide the necessary financial and human resources;

2. include in the plan a provision for continuing a comprehensive long-term research programme, in close collaboration with other alpine protected areas and other relevant networks;

3. prepare sectoral plans for activities and the use of resources that are compatible with conservation objectives, as integrated parts of the new management plan and taking into account the background of climate change; special attention should be given to:

a. military activities;

b. recreation and the promotion of nature tourism, in co-operation with the mountain guide organisation; providing specific training courses for the guides;

c. visitor infrastructures, trail marking, usage and maintenance of mountain huts;

d. mountain grazing during the summer, including water supply;

e. water resources management, taking into account the needs of the surrounding communities;

4. consequently pursue the transformation of spruce forests into mixed forests until the integration of the intervention zone into the core area is finalised;

5. continue targeted interventions to control the bark beetle proliferation, but without enlarging the bark beetle management zone, and maintain wildlife pressure at an acceptable level;

6. anticipate and foster the natural return of large carnivores in the park area and communicate with the public about the benefits this may bring; develop a strategy and action plan to deal with this issue, including cattle protection measures and the training of shepherds;

7. pursue the collaboration with the Austrian administration (Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung) and the Nature Park and develop synergies with the Berchtesgadener Alps Biosphere Reserve and the Natura 2000 network; promote exchanges of best management practices with other alpine protected areas;

8. build and equip the park centre “Haus der Berge”; secure the personnel resources to fully realise its potential as a source of information, as an education centre and for the promotion of the park’s goods and services;

9. further promote the development of the public transportation system within the park and adjacent protected territories; develop a strategy to reduce the private vehicle traffic to and within the park.



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