Croatia will soon get its 13th nature park - find out where it is

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development is intensively working on protection activities Ivanščice, Strahinjčice, Maceljske gore and Ravne gore in the nature park category. It is an idea that was started back in 2009, and revived a few years later.

ivančica waterfall
Photo: Shimoda, source: Varaždin County Tourist Board

During January, the principle coverage of the future park with an area of ​​over 31.000 hectares was agreed upon with Krapina-Zagorje County and Varaždin County. They were held consultations with representatives of 14 cities and municipalities whose territory is covered by the border proposal. The goal was to familiarize them with the nature park category and its effects on the population, but also to gather opinions.

Advantages of establishment

A nature park is a large natural or partially cultivated area of ​​land and/or sea of ​​great biodiversity and/or geodiversity, with valuable ecological features, emphasized landscape and cultural-historical values, and has a scientific, cultural, educational and recreational purpose, states Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.

Holy Spirit, Ivančica
The Holy Spirit and Ivančica, photo: Boris Jagetić Daraboš

It is a suitable form of protection of larger valuable spaces as it is Croatian Zagorje because at the same time it enables the protection of natural values, but also the use of natural resources. With the declaration of a nature park, it is expected that the natural and landscape values ​​in synergy with the rich cultural and historical heritage will become the basis of the development of this part of Hrvatski Zagorje.

It is an opportunity for recognition and additional promotion of the area at the national and international level, the development of sustainable tourism, recreational facilities in nature, the overall development of the area and greater and easier availability of EU funds for financing projects to preserve natural and cultural values.

Ivanščica
Photo: Shimoda, source: Varaždin County Tourist Board

The nature park contributes to conservation quality of life and health people of the area through the preservation of rural households and mitigation of the depopulation trend.

Cooperation of local producers and development of tourism

It manages the nature park Public institution established by the Republic of Croatia by government decree. The public institution will be an intermediary in the development of the area in terms of providing support to the local population in communication with institutions responsible for agriculture and other branches of the economy.

It will also be a partner in ensuring the certification, promotion and placement of local products, as well as the restoration of cultural and historical heritage, while simultaneously working to promote the park area as a destination for visiting and sustainable tourism. The establishment of a public institution also brings new jobs.

Koran hiking trail
Photo: Marina Kalić

Experiences in other protected areas of the Republic of Croatia confirmed this already in the first years after the establishment of protection increased development of tourism and an increase in the number of domestic and foreign visitors. Thus, it is expected that Hrvatsko Zagorje will also benefit from the effects that tourism will bring, and it will also affect the overall economic condition of the area.

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