Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)8
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the De Weerribben Nature Reserve (Netherlands) and to its extension to the De Wieden Nature Reserve

(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)20 on the award of the European Diploma to the De Weerribben Nature Reserve (Netherlands);

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

Taking note of the application presented by the Government of the Netherlands for the De Wieden Nature Reserve;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas awarded to the De Weerribben Nature Reserve (Netherlands) until 11 September 2015;

Resolves to combine the De Weerribben and De Wieden Nature Reserves in a single European Diploma site;

Attaches the following condition to the renewal:

1. in view of the important enlargement of the diploma area, a joint management plan will be implemented, within the framework of the national park, within five years;

Attaches the following seven recommendations to the renewal:

1. continue the efforts to establish a broader physical connection of the De Weerribben and the De Wieden reserves by further transforming the Wetering polders into marshland or extensive meadows; also extend the connection along the “wet axis” between the Rottige Meente and Staphorster Veld;

2. consider modifying the road N333 that crosses the corridor between the reserves to mitigate its barrier effect;

3. transform the “visitors management plan” into strict guidelines and binding regulations for all authorities and stakeholders concerned; persist in the permanent monitoring of recreation in order to collect relevant data for future assessments of the impact on nature;

4. carefully investigate potential alternatives for reducing the pressure caused by intensive recreational boating on the Kalenberger Gracht and related facilities; also verify that the tranquillity of designated quiet zones is respected by the public;

5. continue the processes of changing traditional exploitations of commercial reeds into ecologically sound and sustainable reeds management (in line with recommendation 6 of Resolution ResDip(2005)15);

6. develop up-to-date regulations concerning fisheries (zoning, activities and tools) that are compatible with the core nature conservation function of the reserve, in line with the Natura 2000 requirements; also ensure the development of a fish stock management plan covering all species;

7. ensure the availability of habitats for breeding, foraging and rest of bird species (especially the red-listed Circus aeruginosus and Ardea purpurea), notably the feeding grounds between the De Weerribben reserve and Staphorster Veld; ensure that this open area becomes fully safeguarded from negative developments, such as the intensification of agriculture and the lowering of polder water levels, the establishment of wind farms, the extension of industry, the construction of sports and recreation facilities, or housing, etc.



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