Resolution CM/ResDip(2010)9
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Boschplaat Nature Reserve (Netherlands)

(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(70)25 on the award of the European Diploma to the Boschplaat Nature Reserve (Netherlands);

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 Boschplaat Nature Reserve (Netherlands) until 30 June 2020;

Attaches the following five recommendations to the renewal:

1. sufficient financial resources need to be available on an ongoing basis in order to safeguard the interests of the Boschplaat’s natural environment, especially monitoring, staff, public relations and communication;

2. measures should be taken to restore the original dynamics in the eastern part of the reserve. The present function of the “Stuifdijk” (artificial sand dike) should be taken into consideration. New insights based on recent scientific research on restoring natural dynamics should be included in the management plan, including the consequences of the current rise in sea levels;

3. communication with all those involved in the measures to be taken (which are still being contested locally) requires maximum attention and the deployment of the necessary resources;

4. annual shipping incidents in the North Sea to the north of the Boschplaat are a real concern for both people and the natural environment. Better guarantees of safety with regard to the transport of hazardous substances and oil should be instituted;

5. the number of motorised vehicles on the beach should be reduced.



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