Aiming to remove key obstacles to effective management of national parks and nature parks in the Republic of Croatia, PARCS Project activities are organized in two components.
Component 1: Reforming the institutional framework to strengthen the management effectiveness of national protected areas
This component will serve to provide support to the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection in: a) implementation of short-term activities and projects focused on improving the existing institutional framework; b) feasibility assessment regarding the establishment of a single park agency that would encompass the management of all national parks and nature parks.
Resources of the PARCS Project will focus on four key areas of providing support:
1.1. Development of a single national planning framework for protected areas, comprising the development of:
1.2. Strengthening the financial management capacities of the protected area system by:
1.3. Feasibility assessment for the establishment of a Shared Service Centre (SSC):
1.4. Feasibility assessment for the establishment of a single public institution for managing the system of protected areas, which includes:
Component 2: Improving the financial sustainability of the network of national protected areas
The second component includes the implementation of a range of activities and projects targeted at the improvement of financial sustainability of individual protected areas, such as: a) improving the user fee collection system; b) projects aimed at diversifying and developing new tourism and recreational products and services in national protected areas in order to increase both the number of visitors and duration of their stay in the parks; c) projects aimed at improving the service standards and improving economic efficiencies of existing tourism products and services in national protected areas; d) projects aimed at retrofitting existing buildings in national protected areas with more energy efficient equipment and technologies in order to reduce the negative environmental impact and high costs of the supply of power and water.
Key areas of this component are activities focused on:
2.1. Reducing the transaction costs of payment/issuance of entry tickets by developing and implementing:
2.2. Developing new and expanding and linking the existing discrete tourism and recreational products and services in national protected areas:
2.3. Improving the productive efficiency of national protected areas, by: