Resolution CM/ResDip(2013)4
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Retezat National Park (Romania)

(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 on 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 CM/ResDip(2008)2 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Retezat National Park (Romania);

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,

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Retezat National Park until 2 July 2023;

Attaches the following six recommendations to the renewal:

1. the Romanian authorities should secure a sufficient budget for the national park and allocate the funds early enough in the year to ensure favourable working conditions for the staff, the completion and maintenance of the park’s infrastructure, more information for visitors and the improvement of tourist facilities;

2. the competent Romanian authorities should work together to harmonise the different national and international designations in order to achieve efficient joint management and to implement joint scientific research and monitoring programmes;

3. the management plan should be approved as soon as possible, and at least an executive summary should be translated into either English or French;

4. the park, in close collaboration with the mountain rescue services Salvamont, should maintain or renew, when necessary, the tourist infrastructure (trail marking, information signs, etc.); a particular effort should be made to solve the problems of the toilets in the camping areas and near the huts;

5. the park should maintain pressure on local communities to prevent construction of inappropriate buildings either in the park or in its immediate vicinity; and

6. the park rangers should monitor the pastures in order to identify early possible changes due to over grazing and/or under grazing; before the next evaluation, the park should carry out a new study on the pastures; the changes in terms of species composition, erosion, etc., should be analysed in relation to the type and amount of grazing.



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