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Clean water and protection/management of its sources is as much an important topic to Croatia as it is to the rest of the world. Draughts, fires and climate changes urge action also in the destination Croatia – there are various organizations who look after water management, and increasing numbers of congresses and conferences around the water topics take place.


Fresh water resources in numbers – Croatia

(curated for you from: https://www.climatechangepost.com/croatia/fresh-water-resources/)

The amount of water per inhabitant places the Republic of Croatia among the best endowed countries in Europe. The average volume of the country’s own and transit waters is 25,160 m3/cap/year of which the own waters account for 5,880 m3/cap/year. The total length of all natural and artificial watercourses in the area of Croatia is 21,000 km. The rivers belong to the Black Sea (62% of the territory) and the Adriatic catchment area (38%).

The specific discharge of the Adriatic catchment area waters is twice as large as that of the Black Sea catchment area, due to considerably larger amounts of precipitation (by over 40%) and the karst nature of the base causing higher discharge coefficients.

The river Danube, the largest and richest in water, flows through the eastern borderland of Croatia over a length of 137.5 km. Other major rivers are the Sava (562 km) and the Drava (505 km). The rivers of the Adriatic catchment area are short, have rapids and canyons.

There are not many lakes in Croatia. The artificial storage lakes with a total volume of 1,050 million m3 have been created as a part of hydropower plants. They are Dubrava Lake (17.1 km2) on the river Drava and Peručko Lake (13 km2) on the river Cetina.

Croatia belongs to a group of countries for which water issues are not a limiting factor of development

…….. In spite of extensive research activity, the knowledge on the amount and the condition of underground water is inconclusive. Alluvial, karstic, artesian and other aquifers are not sufficiently explored. … It can be concluded that Croatia is a country rich in water, especially considering the low population density and modest demand for industrial and agricultural water, which is well below average of developed countries. Relatively high quality of both surface and ground water can certainly be considered a positive element, with most problems occurring during warm summer periods when the natural discharge is small, the groundwater level low and water demand increased due to the tourism and irrigation demands. … In potable water supply 86% is groundwater and 14% surface water.


Status of the water management in Croatia

(curated for you from: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-90-481-2713-9_10 )

“The basic source for water use in Croatia is surface water, followed by groundwater and marginal quantities of desalinized water.

The current uses of sea and coastal areas are: fishing, mariculture*, tourism, maritime transport, ports, etc. In Croatia, 38% of water is used for urban purposes, 60% in industry and energetic and 2% in agriculture. The quantity of water used for power production is not included in these indicators.

The results of water quality monitoring shows that surface water is mostly of the categories II and III. The quality of groundwater is generally considered good throughout the country.

…. Croatia is especially active with neighboring countries in issues related to cooperation in water management.”


*Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean, an enclosed section of the ocean, or in tanks, ponds or raceways which are filled with seawater.) source: taken from Wikipedia


Main Institutions in Croatia responsible for water issues:

 1. Croatian Waters

….as the national water agency has overall responsibility for performing activities related to management of national and local waters , development of river basin management plans, closely cooperates with local water companies in municipalities and counties, coordinates and finances implementation of water quality monitoring of surface waters performed by authorized laboratories

Website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/PP16—Croatian-Waters-Croatia.html

2. Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management—Water directorate

3. Other Responsible Institutions

Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (drinking water quality)

Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development

Ministry of Finance

On the local level, municipal and county authorities are responsible for design and implementation of infrastructure projects, including water and wastewater collection and treatment systems.


General Adaptation strategies – EU recommends these general adaption strategies as policy orientations for future action

(curated for you from: https://www.climatechangepost.com/croatia/fresh-water-resources/)

  • Putting the right price tag on water;
  • Allocating water and water-related funding more efficiently: Improving land-use planning, and Financing water efficiency;
  • Improving drought risk management: Developing drought risk management plans, Developing an observatory and an early warning system on droughts, and further optimising the use of the EU Solidarity Fund and European Mechanism for Civil Protection;
  • Considering additional water supply infrastructures;
  • Fostering water efficient technologies and practices;
  • Fostering the emergence of a water-saving culture in Europe;
  • Improve knowledge and data collection: A water scarcity and drought information system throughout Europe, and Research and technological development opportunities.



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