Ecological network Natura 2000

Ecological network Natura 2000 in the Republic of Croatia

Natura 2000 is an ecological network of the European Union which consists of the most significant areas for conservation of species and habitat types.

By the Regulation on the ecological network (OG 124/13 and 105/15) the ecological network of the Republic of Croatia was established which is at the same time considered as Natura 2000 areas. The ecological network of the Republic of Croatia covers 36.73% of the land territory and 15.42% of sea shore.

The ecological network consists in:

  • Areas significant for conservation and achieving favourable conservation status of wild bird species of interest for the European Union, as well as their habitats, and areas significant for conservation of migratory bird species, in particular wetlands of international importance (conservation areas significant for birds - SPA), which are a constituent part of Annex III, Part 1 of the Regulation, and
  • areas significant for conservation and achieving favourable conservation status of other wild species and their habitats, as well as natural habitat types of interest for the European Union (conservation areas significant for species and habitat types - SAC), which are a constituent part of Annex III, Part 2 of the Regulation.

Detailed information on the areas of the ecological network, including information on area boundaries, is available through the web portal Nature protection information system (Bioportal).