European Diploma for Piatra Craiului|
The National Park Piatra Craiului?s Administration, along with The County Council Brasov, hosted the awarding of the European Diploma for Protected Areas - The National Park Piatra Craiului. The event took place at the end of May and was honoured by zhe presence of some high guests such as Robert Palmer, head of the Direction of Culture, National and Cultural Patrimony within Europe?s Council.
From Danube to Piatra Craiului
The European Diploma for Protected Area has been created in 1965 by the Europe?s Council to certify the exceptional value of the protected areas. The distinction places the landscapes, the protected areas, the national parks and reserve under the Europe?s Council?s auspices, which recognize the exceptional interest and importance of it. After a close examination, the diploma is awarded for five years. The decision belongs to the Ministers? Committee which relays upon an independent report elaborated by auditors visiting the area.
In Romania, only the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has been awarded with this distinction.
New Evaluations after five Years
Robert Palmer, head of the Direction of Culture, National and Cultural Patrimony within Europe?s Council, personally handed the diploma to the representatives of The National Park Piatra Craiului, as recognition of their good management. According to Robert Palmer, 69 diplomas of the kind have been bestowed in 25 countries. ?The distinction represents not only an honour, but also the assuming responsibilities. After five years, new evaluations will be made to decide whether it can be taken or not by the curator of the protected area?, Palmer disclosed.
The first Birds? Guide
The European official mentioned the Romanian legislation in the field should improve and establish explicit rules in managing the wastes and exploiting the reserves. The National Park Piatra Craiului must have a fix budget; the specialists should monitor the ecosystem conservation, the touring activities or of other nature and inventory the species living in the area. The park?s representatives launched the first guide of the birds having their habitat in Piatra Craiului. The participants were invited to evaluate the progresses of the works at the large carnivores visiting centre, which will function within the area, an investment financed from both European and county?s resources.