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WCC 2016 Res 034 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Ceský svaz ochráncu prírody
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
European Union (EU)
Czech Republic
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Ministerstvo zivotního prostredí / Czech Republic
Pro Natura / Friends of the Earth Switzerland / Switzerland
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
National Park Administration; Hnuti DUHA -- Friends of the Earth Czech Republic
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Policy influencing/advocacyWe participated, along with our NGO and scientific partners, in the commenting procedure during the formulation of the National park zonation scheme, which determines management types for different areas of the National Park. We submitted zonation recommendations based on scientific criteria and analysis of Natura 2000 classifications of the park area (the underlying materials were attached to previous reports), which would guarantee NP zonation conformity with resolution 6.034. When these were not accepted, we further submitted a second, backup set of recommendations, which protects only the most valuable additional areas (32 specific sites); while acceptance of these backup recommendations would not lead to conformity with the resolution, it would represent a step in that direction. Our formal comments (recommendations) from this procedure are attached to this report. We continue to be engaged in the process establishing the rules for NP management for the coming period. The next stage will be a formal comment period on the proposed Management plan, which is currently under preparation by the NP administration.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Our efforts to bring the National Park zonation in line with resolution 6.034 were largely unsuccessful. We were not able to get the NP administration or the Ministry of the Environment to update the zonation to bring it into line with the requirement of 30% of the NP area within the 'natural' zone. The newly approved zonation includes only 27.7% of NP area in the zone (a difference of cca 1500 hectares). Logging will thus remain part of the management regime for the remainder of the park.
More importantly, however, the Nature conservation act amendment passed in previous years sets a 15-year moratorium on all further changes to this new zonation. This runs directly against the requirement of res. 6.034 to establish a time-table for achieving the previously set goal of 50% of NP area in the natural zone. No such time-table has been set out; instead, the current state will be frozen in place until 2035 by law.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
A lack of political will to implement previously set goals and live up to previously made commitments.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacyWe will continue to advocate for the management of NP Sumava in accordance with IUCN recommendations. In the coming period, the Management plan will go through a public commenting procedure. We expect that it will not contain any time-table for achieving enlargements of the natural zone and we expect to submit recommendations to this effect.
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