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Sub-national activities


There is a growing awareness of the importance of sustainable development, and a number of towns and counties are taking the initiative on their own, joining the international initiatives and campaigns in that direction. Some other sub-national activities are organized by public administration or are result of civil society. Herewith are some of them.

Two Croatian counties and 20 towns (including the capital of Croatia, Zagreb) participate in the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign and are signatories of the Aalborg Charter.

74 Croatian towns and municipalities (including the capital of Croatia, Zagreb) have made a commitment to help mitigate the climate change by reducing their CO2 emissions and improving the town's energy efficiency through creation of their own Sustainable Energy Action Plans and are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors.

3 Croatian towns have joined the Mayors Adapt initiative and committed to take action in adaptation to climate change. Also, one town already joined to the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Two towns (Zagreb and Koprivnica) are members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development, and that provide support for local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.

NGO ODRAZ - Sustainable Community Development is an independent civil society, non-profit organization gathering professionals from various fields, which design and apply sustainable development concepts for benefit of local communities more than 15 years. ODRAZ encourages and implements changes leading towards sustainability, operating at various levels, from local to national and international. It cooperates with civil society organisations, public, professional and business organisations, networks and experts. Since 2003, ODRAZ organises School for Sustainable Local Development. They informed the wider public on new Sustainable Development Goals by publishing a publication

NGO DOOR (Society for Sustainable Development Design) is a civil society organization founded in 2003 with the mission of promotion of sustainable development principles in all segments of society, at the local, regional and national level, primarily in the field of energy.

NGO Green action is a leading non-governmental organization for environmental protection in Croatia, founded in 1990. Green Action is active on local, national and global levels and promotes the protection of nature and the environment, while advocating for sustainable development in Croatian and other communities. It also focuses on activities that foster public participation in decision-making processes with the aim of improving the quality of life in Croatia. This NGO holds network of green NGOs called Green Forum which functions as a platform to exchange different information. 

Croatian Rural Development Network – HMRR is a civil society organization (NGO) committed to enhancing rural development of Croatia. HMRR has been founded in 2006 by seven civil society organizations with common wish to contribute to improving conditions for integrated development and good quality of life in rural areas. Activities of the HMRR are based on good European practice and LEADER approach. At the moment the network includes more than 40 member organizations. As result of this approach there is a growing network of Local Action Groups (LAG).

NGO Sunce from Split was founded in 1998 and today is present at national and international level as one of the leading organizations for the protection of nature and environment in Croatia. It is committed to increasing the standards and improvement of environment and nature protection, encouraging the involvement and participation of the public and advocating for the creation of a responsible society with conscious connection between people and nature.

NGO Green Istria from Pula is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit environmental organization, founded in 1995. Green Istria's mission is the protection of the environment, natural resources and social justice.

Green Osijek, an association for nature and environment protection is independent, non-government, and non-profit organization established in 1995. Its goal is to educate and activate citizens in the field of nature preservation, improvement of quality of living through advocacy, promotion and implementation of the ecologically acceptable technologies and sustainable development.

Croatian Center for Cleaner Production (CRO CCP) is a non-governmental non-profit organization, with the aim to promote concept of cleaner production in Croatia. Center's services are intended for industry, administration bodies, industrial associations, educational institutions, financial organizations and public. CRO CPC is a member of United Nations Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) Network of National Cleaner Production Centers.

Beside this, there are also some other non-governmental associations taking different actions with the purpose to communicate environmental protection for sustainable development.


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

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