The creation of the Křivoklát National Park is on the table

Ondřej Kořínek

The Ministry of the Environment intends to start the creation of the Křivoklát National Park. It is to be created on 16 percent of the existing protected landscape area (PNA) and is mentioned in the government’s program statement.

The park’s creation is also supported by the Central Bohemian Region, on whose territory the protected area is located. The process of declaring a national park reached the same stage 12 years ago.

Environment Minister Anna Hubáčková (KDU-ČSL) expects the ministry’s plan to spark a debate with representatives of the affected municipalities and citizens who may fear changes.

The park would be created only on a small part of the MPA area that has been in operation since 1979. The state owns the vast majority of the land, accounting for 16 percent of the area (102 square kilometers).

The declaration in itself does not imply restrictions on the movement of people. However, rest areas are designated in agreement with the local authorities and the National Park Council to regulate the movement of visitors. The latter is proclaimed in the form of a law.

The Ministry was informed about the intention of designing a national park in January 2010. The proposal failed to be implemented. Since then, the declaration of another national park to complement Šumava, the Krkonoše National Park, the Podyjí National Park, and the Czech Switzerland National Park has only been discussed.

The current government would also like to designate the Soutok National Park, the name given to the area at the confluence of the Morava and the Dyje rivers.