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Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia (NSDS) has been adopted by the Croatian Parliament at its session on 20 February 2009.

Type of SD strategy

Covers all three dimensions of sustainable development (SD).

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection

Link to the SD strategy

NSDS can be downloaded on the website of the Ministry: Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia

SD objectives listed in the NSDS: Croatian NSDS is focusing on long-term action in the following eight key areas:


  1. encouraging population growth in the Republic of Croatia
  2. environment and natural resources
  3. promoting sustainable production and consumption
  4. ensuring social and territorial cohesion and justice
  5. ensuring energy independence and increasing the efficiency of energy use
  6. strengthening public health
  7. interconnectedness of the Republic of Croatia
  8. protection of the Adriatic Sea, coastal area and islands


These are the eight key challenges of sustainable development that also serve as the basis for strategic directions of the development of the Republic of Croatia. Each one of them is further explained and elaborated in the overall objective or overall objectives for that area, which is/are in turn elaborated in concrete measures that can be seen in NSDS.NSDS also points out that the efficient state, knowledge-based society / education for sustainable development, research and development and mitigation and adaptation to climate change are the preconditions for further development. Of these, the education for sustainable development is especially singled out as the precondition for sustainable development and as such considered to be a cross-sectoral key challenge.

Further information about
the SD strategy process

It is envisaged that the NSDS will be implemented through action plans which will contain the details on the authorities responsible for implementing individual plans and projects envisioned by the NSDS; authorities responsible for achieving specific objectives; funds required to implement plans or projects; sources for financing plans or projects; participants in a plan or project; timeframes for achieving the planned objectives; expected results of plans and projects as well as on those responsible for supervising the implementation of plans and projects.

The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection (MENP) coordinated several action plans which contribute to the implementation of NSDS and global SDGs:


  • First Action Plan for the Education for Sustainable Development (2011) 
  • First National Action Plan for green public procurement (2015), for the period from 2015 to 2017 with a view to 2020 (2015) 
  • New Action Plan for Environmental Protection is in process of drafting and will integrate environmental aspects of global SDGs.  


In addition, there are various action plans that are covering other areas of sustainable development which are under competence of other bodies, such as the Action Plan for Energy Efficiency etc.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 27 January 2017

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