Resolution CM/ResDip(2011)6

on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas

awarded to the Kuşcenneti National Park (Turkey)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 6 July 2011
at the 1118th 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(76)15 awarding the European Diploma to Kuşcenneti National Park (Turkey);

Taking into consideration the expert’s report submitted to the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas at its meeting on 14 and 15 March 2011;

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

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas awarded to Kuşcenneti National Park (Turkey) until 14 March 2021;

Attaches the following four conditions to the renewal:

1. finalise the revised management plan within one year and commence implementation of all actions and conditions found therein;

2. submit any development project regarding the lake, its shores and tributaries, or concerning agricultural or industrial facilities, to a rigorous environmental impact study, the conclusions of which should be communicated to the Council of Europe;

3. regularly monitor the breeding bird population of the park, and carry out research on the dynamics of these populations particularly at Siğirci Delta and Koçocay Delta;

4. continue efforts to control pollution caused by poultry and livestock farming and monitor continually the water quality of the lake and of the streams flowing into it.

Attaches the following three recommendations to the renewal:

1. increase the number of staff to meet the increased workload due to the park’s enlargement;

2. ensure the natural fluctuations in the lake’s water level, including spring flooding and the drying up of the shoreline in summer;

3. set up a small wardening unit on the southern shore of the lake (in the Koçocay Delta area) to guarantee the protection of the area.



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