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STATE INSTITUTE FOR NATURE PROTECTION (SINP)

STATE INSTITUTE FOR NATURE PROTECTION AND NATURE PROTECTION FRAMEWORK IN CROATIA

The main legislation covering nature protection in Croatia is the Nature Protection Law (NPL) (O.G. No. 70/05). This law includes obligations of Croatia deriving from all relevant international agreements and EU Directives. It approaches to nature protection as an integrated activity based on species, habitat and protected area conservation. It also aims to ensure rational and sustainable use of natural resources by all sectors (forestry, hunting, water management etc.). Ministry of Culture is the competent authority for nature protection, performing primarily administrative tasks in nature protection. The Nature protection directorate is the responsible unit of the Ministry.

In October 2002 the Croatian Government has adopted the By-Law on establishment of the State Institute for Nature Protection (SINP). The SINP started to operate in September 2003. According to NPL, the SINP is established as the central institution for expertise in nature conservation. These tasks include, among others, responsibility for organizing and implementing biodiversity inventorying, monitoring and operating a nature protection information system. The SINP is also responsible for evaluation of the management plans for protected areas, expert tasks in drawing up the nature impact assessment process in Croatia, preparation and implementation of project and programmes in the field of nature protection and organization and implementation of educational and promotional activities.
SINP has 4 departments: Department for wild and domesticated taxa and habitats, Department for protected areas, Department for nature impact assessment, Department for landscapes (see organization chart).

SINP staff

Director: Davorin Markovic, B.Sc. (Biol.)
Phone No. +385 (0) 1 5502 900
E-mail:
davorin.markovic@dzzp.hr

Institute Secretary
Lidija Škrapec, B.L.
Phone No. +385 (0) 1 5502 910
E-mail:
lidija.skrapec@dzzp.hr

Head of the Expertise Division
Ana Štrbenac, B.Sc. (Biol.)
Phone No. +385 (0) 1 5502 912
E-mail:
ana.strbenac@dzzp.hr

Head of the Protected Areas Department
Irina Zupan, M.Sc. (Biol.)
Phone No. +385 (0) 1 5502 941
E-mail:
irina.zupan@dzzp.hr

Head of Department for nature impact assessment
Jasminka Radovic, B.Sc. (Biol.)
Phone No. +385 (0) 1 5502 931
E-mail:
jasminka.radovic@dzzp.hr


Further information:
SINP Web site