Resolution CM/ResDip(2013)3
on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
to the Burren Region (Ireland)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 July 2013
at the 1176th 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 the proposals of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention;

Taking into consideration the expert’s report presented at the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas on 26 March 2013;

Having noted the agreement of the Government of Ireland;

Having noted the impressive partnership that exists between the Irish national authorities, the local authorities of Counties Clare and Galway, the farmers of the Burren Region and the community of people living and working in the Burren Region,

Solemnly awards the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Burren Region (Ireland), recognising the European significance of the park, which is the largest limestone landscape in Europe, with a very rich biodiversity and with unique archaeological, geological, historical and cultural value, and benefitting from sufficient legal regulations conserving the natural and cultural marvels of the Burren;

Places the aforesaid area under the patronage of the Council of Europe until 10 July 2018;

Attaches the following two conditions to the award:

1. the Irish authorities should ensure the budget for the maintenance and development of the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme;

2. the national and local authorities should prevent possible negative environmental damage from the surrounding areas of the Burren Region;

Attaches the following six recommendations, for the national and local authorities and the Burren Region community, to the award:

1. to encourage the participation of more farmers in the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme;

2. to plan subsequent steps in the second phase of European Union funding of the BurrenLIFE project through the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme;

3. to stimulate the further development of the Burren Community Charter;

4. to stimulate further development of sustainable ecotourism and practice in the Burren Region;

5. to discourage mass tourism in the Burren Region which does not accord with the principles of sustainable development; and

6. to encourage volunteers to participate in the sustainable management of the Burren Region.



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