Nature protection - NATURA 2000
Natura 2000 is the ecological network consisting of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and rare natural habitat types in the European Union. The ecological network of the Republic of Croatia was promulgated in the Regulation on Ecological Network (OG 124/13), and its goal is to preserve or restore a favourable condition for more than a thousand endangered and rare species, and around 230 natural and semi natural habitat types.
So far, around 30 000 areas have been included in this ecological network accounting for almost 20% of the EU territory, making it the largest system of preserved spaces in the world. The ecological network in the Republic of Croatia covers 36.67% of land and 16.39% of the sea along the coastline.
Natura 2000 is based on EU directives, the areas are selected using scientific criteria, while in the management of these areas the interest and welfare of the inhabitants are taken into account.
Details can be found here.