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:

  • Medium-term strategic plan for the development of protected areas;
  • Medium-term financial plan;
  • A set of operational procedures and guidelines for protected areas.

 

1.2. Strengthening the financial management capacities of the protected area system by:

  • Strengthening the existing budget management capacities and mechanisms;
  • Improving financial controls;
  • Improving management processes and ensuring a clear division of responsibility.

 

1.3. Feasibility assessment for the establishment of a Shared Service Centre (SSC):

  • Detailed analysis of the feasibility of establishing a new legal entity with the task of centralized provision of technical and professional support services to national protected areas in individual segments of activity, such as marketing, legal services, etc.

 

1.4. Feasibility assessment for the establishment of a single public institution for managing the system of protected areas, which includes:

  • Detailed analysis of costs and benefits of the merger of nineteen public institutions into a single public institution for management of all national parks and nature parks in the Republic of Croatia.

 

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:

  • The establishment of an electronic ticketing system;
  • Fee collection system for mooring.

 

2.2. Developing new and expanding and linking the existing discrete tourism and recreational products and services in national protected areas:

  • Establishment of a feeding area for griffon vultures and birdwatching programs in Učka Nature Park;
  • Development and preparation of a guided tour around the valley of the Kupa River in Risnjak National Park;
  • Establishment of a rest camp facility in Papuk Nature Park;
  • Co-financing of procurement of electric boats for Mljet National Park, Vransko Jezero Nature Park and Kopački Rit Nature Park;
  • Electrification of areas important for receiving visitors in Biokovo Nature Park and Kopački Rit Nature Park.

 

2.3. Improving the productive efficiency of national protected areas, by:

  • Developing mechanisms to strengthen the service standards and improve the economic efficiencies of existing tourism products and services in national protected areas, with a spatial focus on three high-income generating parks – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Brijuni National Park and Krka National Park;
  • Adopting more energy efficient equipment and technologies in buildings within national protected areas, with a spatial focus on Risnjak National Park and Papuk Nature Park, in order to reduce the negative environmental impact and the high costs of the supply of power.
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