The Group of Experts on European Diploma of Protected Areas meets in Strasbourg on 14-15 March 2011. During this
two-day meeting, the Group will work on draft resolutions for renewals of European Diplomas in 11 areas including
Piatra Craiuilui National Park (Romania), Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy), Vanoise National Park (France),
Bayerischer Wald National Park (Germany), Camargue National Reserve (France), Kusçenneti National Park (Turkey).
The Group of Specialists will analyse the annual reports and also evaluate situation of the Bialowieza National Park
(Poland) and of the Belovezskaya Pushcha National (Belarus) since the non-renewal in 2007. The experts will examine
the appraisal report to the Sumava National Park (Czech Republic) as a candidature for the European Diploma of
Protected Areas. In addition, the Group is going to discuss the possible future evolution of the European Diploma.
Background: The European Diploma of Protected Areas is a prestigious international award granted since 1965 by the
Council of Europe. The Diploma is awarded to protected areas, managed in an exemplary way, for their outstanding
scientific, cultural or aesthetic qualities and their European importance for the preservation of biological,
geological and landscape diversity.