Regulations and international treaties

Main nature protection legislation in the Republic of Croatia

  • Nature Protection Act
    Official Gazette 80/13

  • Strategy and Action Plan for the Protection of Biological and Landscape Diversity of the Republic of Croatia
    Official Gazette 143/08

Other nature protection legislation

  • Ordinance on the establishment of the State Institute for Nature Protection
    Official Gazette 126/02, 90/14
     
  • Ordinance on the content and examination method for the professional examination of supervisors
    Official Gazette 6/11

  • Ordinance on the official identification card and badge of the ranger
    Official Gazette 64/14

  • Ordinance on the official identification card and badge of the nature protection inspector 
    Official Gazette 90/14

  • Ordinance on the unique visual identity of the system for management of protected areas in the Republic of Croatia
    Official Gazette 108/14

  • Ordinance on the use of passenger cars, mobile phones, regular commercial flights, business credit cards and representation funds 
    Official Gazette 36/15

  • Ordinance on the official ranger uniform
    Official Gazette 117/17

Natura 2000 ecological network

  • Regulation on the ecological network
    Official Gazette 124/13, 105/15

  • Ordinance on the conservation objectives and main measures for bird conservation in the area of the ecological network
    Official Gazette 15/14

  • Ordinance on the assessment of acceptability for the ecological network
    Official Gazette 146/14

Protected areas

Strict reserves

  • Act on the proclamation of Bijele and Samarske stijene as strict reserves
    Official Gazette 5/85, 10/85

  • Act on the proclamation of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi as strict nature reserve
    Official Gazette 4/69, 45/69

National parks

  • Act on the Proclamation of Plitvice Lakes as National Park
    Official Gazette 29/49, 13/97

  • Act on the Proclamation of Paklenica Forest as National Park
    Official Gazette 84/49, 15/97

  • Act on the Proclamation of Risnjak Forest as National Park
    Official Gazette 43/53, 13/97

  • Act on the Proclamation of the Western Part of the Island of Mljet as National Park
    Official Gazette 49/60, 13/97

  • Act on the Kornati National Park
    Official Gazette 31/80, 14/88, 13/97

  • Act on the Proclamation of Brijuni National Park
    Official Gazette 46/83, 57/89, 5/90, 45/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Krka National Park
    Official Gazette 5/85, 9/88, 13/97

  • Act on the Proclamation of Sjeverni Velebit National Park
    Official Gazette 58/99

Nature parks

  • Act on the Proclamation of Biokovo as Nature Park
    Official Gazette 24/81

  • Act on the Proclamation of Velebit Massif as Nature Park
    Official Gazette 24/81

  • Act on the Proclamation of Western Part of Medvednica as Nature Park
    Official Gazette 24/81, 25/09

  • Act on the Proclamation of Telašćica Nature Park
    Official Gazette 14/88

  • Act on the Proclamation of Lonjsko polje Nature Park
    Official Gazette 11/90

  • Act on the Kopački rit Nature Park
    Official Gazette 45/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Papuk Nature Park
    Official Gazette 45/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Učka Nature Park
    Official Gazette 45/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Žumberak and Samoborsko gorje as Nature Park
    Official Gazette 58/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Vransko jezero Nature Park
    Official Gazette 77/99

  • Act on the Proclamation of Lastovo Islands Nature Park
    Official Gazette 111/06

Public institutions for the management of other protected areas

  • Regulation on Brijuni Public Institution
    Official Gazette 47/91, 3/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Kornati National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Krka National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Mljet National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Paklenica National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Management Board of Risnjak National Park
    Official Gazette 14/92

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Lonjsko polje Nature Park
    Official Gazette 36/96, 55/11, 90/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Kopački rit Nature Park
    Official Gazette 96/97, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Velebit Nature Park
    Official Gazette 44/98, 90/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Biokovo Nature Park
    Official Gazette 44/98, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Medvednica Nature Park
    Official Gazette 118/98, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Sjeverni Velebit National Park
    Official Gazette 96/99, 90/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Papuk Nature Park
    Official Gazette 96/99, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Work organisation Telaščica Nature park

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Učka Nature Park
    Official Gazette 96/99, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Vransko jezero Nature Park
    Official Gazette 96/99, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje Nature Park
    Official Gazette 96/99, 85/14

  • Decision on the establishment of the Public Institution Lastovo Islands Nature Park
    Official Gazette 130/06, 85/14

Spatial plan of areas with special feature

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Krka National Park
    Official Gazette 01/90

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Mljet National Park
    Official Gazette 23/01

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Paklenica National Park
    Official Gazette 23/01

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Risnjak National Park
    Official Gazette 23/01

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Brijuni National Park
    Official Gazette 45/01

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Kornati National Park
    Official Gazette 118/03

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Učka Nature Park
    Official Gazette 24/06

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Kopački rit Nature Park
    Official Gazette 24/06

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Lonjsko polje Nature Park
    Official Gazette 37/10

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Vransko jezero Nature Park
    Official Gazette 58/12

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan of an area with special features for Telašćica Nature Park
    Official Gazette 22/14

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Medvednica Nature Park
    Official Gazette 89/14

  • Decision on the adoption of the spatial plan for Biokovo Nature Park
    Official Gazette 108/15

Species and habitats

  • Act on Transboundary Movement and Trade in Wild Species
    Official Gazette 94/13

  • Ordinance on the amount of compensation for damage caused by illegal action on protected animal species
    Official Gazette 84/96, 79/02

  • Ordinance on wild animal crossings
    Official Gazette 5/07

  • Ordinance on the manner of development and implementation of the risk assessment study for the introduction, reintroduction and breeding of wild taxa
    Official Gazette 35/08

  • Ordinance on the conditions for holding, methods of marking and keeping records on protected animals in captivity
    Official Gazette 70/09

  • Ordinance on strictly protected species
    Official Gazette 144/13, 73/16

  • Ordinance on the conservation objectives and main measures for conservation of birds in the area of the ecological network
    Official Gazette 15/14

  • Ordinance on the list of habitat types, habitat map, and threatened and rare habitat types
    Official Gazette 88/14

  • Decision on native wild species the removal from nature and sustainable use of which is permitted
    Official Gazette 17/15, 68/16

  • Ordinance on alien species that may be placed on the market and invasive alien species
    Official Gazette 17/17

  • Ordinance on the collection of native wild species
    Official Gazette 114/17

  • Ordinance on the damages for damage caused by strictly protected animal species
    Official Gazette 114/17

 

Genetic diversity

  • Act on Genetically Modified Organisms
    Official Gazette 70/05, 137/09, 28/13, 47/14

  • Act on the Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1946/2003 on transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms
    Official Gazette 81/13

  • Ordinance on the risk assessment for intentional introduction of genetically modified organisms into the environment
    Official Gazette 136/06

  • Ordinance on the content and method of implementing the plan of measures for removing the uncontrolled spread of genetically modified organisms into the environment
    Official Gazette 5/07

  • Ordinance on the content and the method for submitting the notification for deliberate release of genetically modified organisms into the environment
    Official Gazette 64/07

European Union Directives and Regulations in the field of nature protection

  • Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.07.1992)

  • Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 20, 26.1.2010)

  • Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (OJ L 61, 3.3.1997)

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 of 4 May 2006laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (OJ L 166, 19.6.2006)

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 100/2008 of 4 February 2008 amending, as regards sample collections and certain formalities relating to the trade in species of wild fauna and flora, Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (OJ L 31, 5.2.2008)

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 791/2012 of 23 August 2012 amending, as regards certain provisions relating to the trade in species of wild fauna and flora, Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (OJ L 242, 7.9.2012)

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 792/2012 of 23 August 2012 laying down rules for the design of permits, certificates and other documents provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein and amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 (OJ L 242, 7.9.2012)

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1158/2012 of 27 November 2012 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (OJ L 339, 12.12.2012)

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 750/2013 of 29 July 2013 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (OJ L 212, 7.8.2013)

  • Regulation (EC) No 1946/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2003 on transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms (OJ L 287, 5.11.2003)

  • Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union (OJ L 150, 20.5.2014)

  • Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (OJ L  317, 4.11.2014)

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/736 of 7 May 2015 prohibiting the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 117, 8.5.2015)

International treaties in the field of nature protection

  • Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
    (OG-IT 12/93).

    Adopted: PARIS, 1972. The Republic of Croatia is a Party to the Convention pursuant to the Notification of succession of 8 October 1991. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 8 October 1991.


  • Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat
    (OG-IT 12/93).

    Adopted: RAMSAR, 1971. The Republic of Croatia is a Party to the Convention pursuant to the Notification of succession of 8 October 1991. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 8 October 1991.


  • Act on Ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity
    (OG-IT 6/96).

    Adopted: RIO DE JANEIRO, 1992. Entered into force: 29 December 1993. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 7 October 1996.


  • Act on Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity
    (OG-IT 7/02).

    Adopted: MONTREAL, 2000. Entered into force: 11 September 2003. The Republic of Croatia signed the Protocol in New York in 2000. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 11 September 2003 (OG-IT 13/03).


  • Act on Ratification of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
    (OG-IT 12/99).

    Adopted: WASHINGTON, 1973. Entered into force: 1 July 1975. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 12 June 2000 (OG-IT 5/00).


  • Act on Ratification of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)
    (OG-IT 6/00).

    Adopted: BERN, 1979. Entered into force: 1 June 1982. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 1 November 2000 (OG-IT 11/00).


  • Act on Ratification of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention)
    (OG-IT 6/00).

    Adopted: BONN, 1979. Entered into force: 1 December 1983. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 1 October 2000.


  • Act on Ratification of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)
    (OG-IT 6/00).

    Adopted: BONN, 1996. Entered into force: 1 November 1999. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 1 September 2000.


  • Act on Ratification of the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS)
    (OG-IT 6/00).

    Adopted: LONDON, 1991. Entered into force: 16 January 1994. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 7 September 2000.


  • Act on Ratification of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS)
    (OG-IT 6/00).

    Adopted: MONACO, 1996. Entered into force: 1 June 2001. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 1 June 2001 (OG-IT 10/01).


  • Act on Ratification of the European Landscape Convention
    (OG-IT 12/02).

    Adopted: FLORENCE, 2000. Entered into force (came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on): 1 March 2004 (OG-IT 11/04). The Republic of Croatia signed the Convention in Florence in 2000.


  • Act on Ratification of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
    (OG-IT 1/07).

    Adopted: AARHUS, 1998. Entered into force: 30 October 2001. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 25 June 2007 (OG-IT 7/08).


  • Act on Ratification of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
    (OG-IT 6/06).

    Adopted: WASHINGTON, 1946. International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and the Protocol to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 10 January 2007 (OG-IT 2/07).


  • Act on Ratification of the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean
    (OG-IT 11/01).

    Adopted: BARCELONA, 1995. Entered into force: 12 December 1999. Came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 12 May 2002 (OG-IT 11/04).


  • Decision on publication of the Memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia
    (OG-IT 4/16).

  • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Conservation Measures for the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris). Signed: 1994.


  • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis Tarda). Signed: 2002.