Environmental Performance Reviews: Croatia

Second Review

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The present publication contains the second Environmental Performance Review of Croatia. The review takes stock of the progress made by Croatia in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 1999. It assesses the implementation of the recommendations contained in the first review. This second EPR also covers 9 issues of importance to the countries related to policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular the sustainable management and protection of water resources, waste management, biodiversity and protected areas, and tourism. The publication is aimed at officials and experts working for public authorities responsible for environmental policy, representatives of civil society, the business community, academia and the media.



Policymaking framework environmental protection and sustainable development

Croatia’s efforts to harmonize its legislation with the European Union (EU) acquis in the frame of the accession process to the EU led to a stronger legal framework for environmental protection and sustainable development. In 2010, Croatia successfully concluded negotiations for Chapter 27- Environment, and established transitional agreements related to heavy investment areas including air quality, climate change, waste management, water quality, industrial pollution, risk management and chemicals. Significant legislative gaps remain in some environmental domains, such as soil protection. Few provisions on soil protection can be found in forestry and agricultural legislation.


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