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Environmental protection

Nature protection

The role of the Fund is to employ its financial resources and expertise on the projects and thus contribute to the realisation of the goals set in the strategic and planning documents of the Republic of Croatia. Through cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Energy, State Institute for Nature Protection nature parks, and other public institutions, and through cooperation among the sectors and inclusion of the local and regional levels in resolving issues in certain sectors, the Fund supports the projects and activities that are directed towards targeted research, monitoring the state of nature, preservation of natural values, efficient nature management, and use of quality nature protection solutions.

The Fund provides support in the absorption of EU funds, it finances the preparation of project documentation, and it provides the national component for the projects financed from EU funds, in particular for upgrading the system of the visitor infrastructure in nature parks. The Fund will contribute to the development and implementation of other EU programmes (e.g. LIFE programme) in the form of co-financing of the national component for nature protection projects for all types of beneficiaries (the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the State Institute for Nature Protection, public institutions, research and experts institutions, civil society organisations, etc.).

In the upcoming period, the Fund will stimulate research and preparation of research and expert base documents for drawing up preservation measures and defining the activities for the management of the Natura 2000 areas declared under the Habitats Directive (areas of conservation important for species and habitat types – POVS) from the Regulation on Ecological Network, OG 124/13), studies and preparation of expert base documents for zoning of the Natura 2000 areas declared under the Regulation on Ecological Network (OG 124/13), and collection of data on the distribution of populations of alien invasive species with proposals for eradication and control measures, or the implementation of the specific measures to eradicate and control alien invasive species.