Council of Europe. Resolution (97) 20 on the award of the European diploma to the Bialowieza national park (Poland)

COUNCIL OF EUROPE

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS

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RESOLUTION (97) 20

ON THE AWARD OF THE EUROPEAN DIPLOMA

TO THE BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK

(POLAND)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 30 September 1997

at the 602nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

provisional version

 

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Having regard to Resolution (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma;

Having regard to the proposals of the Bureau of the Committee for the Activities of the Council of Europe in the Field of Biological and Landscape Diversity (BU-DBP);

Having noted the agreement of the Government of Poland;

Having deliberated,

Solemnly awards the European Diploma in category A, to the Bialowieza National Park in accordance with the regulations for the European Diploma (Resolution (91) 16);

Places the aforesaid area under the patronage of the Council of Europe until 30 September 2002;

Attaches to the award the following recommendations, that:

1. the park's management plan be revised as soon as possible to take account of its expansion, an important issue for consideration when the Diploma is renewed, and its wide range of functions: scientific laboratory, education, information and tourism;

2. the park be given sufficient financial resources to carry out its task and its activities, and for the development or restoration of its buildings and other facilities and equipment;

3. park staff have an appropriate status in keeping with their task;

4. permanent links, in the form of courses and placements, be developed with European university forestry departments, in order to encourage, or extend, scientific research;

5. all overflying of the park at an altitude of less than 4,000 m be prohibited;

6. dialogue be established between the authorities responsible for the parks in Belarus and Poland in order to co-ordinate research activities and to consider ways of achieving close co-operation in managing the primeval forest.



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