Resolution ResDip(2002)4
    on the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
    awarded to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (Republic of Belarus)

    (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 11 September 2002
    at the 807th 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 (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma, as amended by Resolution (98) 29 on the Regulations for the European Diploma for Protected Areas;

    Having regard to Resolution (97) 23 awarding the European Diploma to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park;

    Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas on 28 and 29 January 2002;

    Having regard to the proposals of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP),

    Renews the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park until 30 September 2007;

    Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

    1. implement, before the end of the European Diploma renewal period and by 1 January 2005 at the latest, a ten-year national park management plan drawn up in line with the directives for the plan for biodiversity conservation and planning for the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park proposed by the GEF project;

    2. maintain and increase the contribution allotted by the administration to the Park’s budget to enable the Park to achieve the objectives set for it;

    3. guarantee stability concerning the Directorate of the Park in order to ensure the monitoring of the site’s management;

    4. gain more in-depth knowledge of the primeval forest, inter alia, by co-ordinating the study of primeval forest plots in the total protection zone with constant monitoring of the ancient woods of the Bialowieźa National Park;

    5. review, when revising the forestry plan forming part of an overall park management plan, the silvicultural techniques applied in the Park’s other zones with a view to more discerning management and to wood-felling consistent with the forest’s diversity and development;

    6. draw up a rescue plan for the Tisovka silver fir stand, which must be constantly monitored by a forestry institute;

    7. pursue the policy of purchasing ecologically sensitive land with a view to enlarging the National Park, particularly drained farmland enclaved between the Dikoe marshes and the Shereshevo forest hunting reserve;

    8. create ecological corridors between the core areas of the wilderness protection zone of the Park;

    9. continue joint studies in the two national parks in Belarus and Poland to ensure proper conservation and efficient management of the bison populations of the entire Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest;

    10. remove the fence at the Belarusian-Polish border or, failing this, create passages at suitable points allowing the migration of large mammals;

    11. apart from the culling of sick animals, prohibit all hunting within the territory of the National Park and ensure that the wolf has total protection therein;

    12. set up a plan for the conservation of the capercaillie and the restoration of its habitats, in particular its breeding sites;

    13. make a start on necessary research into the effects of fishing and of the restocking of the Park’s watercourses and lakes on the indigenous aquatic populations, so as to determine criteria for the management of these resources;

    14. pursue studies of invertebrate fauna and determine their state of conservation and their interest within the Park’s biocenoses;

    15. draw up and introduce a plan for the re-establishment of Cypripedium calceolus and Astrantia major, and continue the research begun into the state of conservation of plants;

    16. increase the number of park guides and provide them with the necessary training. Strengthen the Park’s scientific team and step up relations with Belarusian and Polish scientific institutes with a view to developing the research programme necessary to the Park’s management;

    17. give the visitors’ centre an educational and recreational role consistent with the objectives of conserving biological and landscape diversity;

    18. conclude, at the level of the relevant ministries, a bilateral agreement ensuring cooperation between the departments of the Bialowieźa and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Parks and laying down terms for co-ordinated management, particularly in the areas of conservation of ecosystems and their components, silviculture applied to forest stands, tourism activities and educational work.



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