Based on the Loan Agreement with the World Bank (IBRD 8021-HR) signed on 22nd February 2011, ratified by the Law on Ratification of the Loan Agreement (NN MU 7 / 2011 from May 18, 2011) Ministry of Culture began implementing a five-year EU Natura 2000 Integration Project (NIP). Due to new Act on the Organisation and Scope of Work of Ministries and Other Central State Administration Bodies (Official Gazette No. 150/11), from December 22, 2011, Nature Protection Directorate and NIP accordingly, are under jurisdicition of new Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection.
What are the objectives of NIP?
The overall development objectives of the project are to:
Help support National Parks, Nature Parks and County Public Institutions for management of protected natural values to implement European ecological network Natura 2000 objectives in investment programs;
Strengthen capacity for biodiversity monitoring and EU-compliant reporting; and
Introduce programs that involve a wide group of stakeholders in Natura 2000 network management.
Which activities are proposed in NIP?
Project plans to include the following activities divided into three components:
Ecological Network Investments: Protected area and national ecological network site investments will help promote and strengthen integration of Natura 2000 objectives through investments in infrastructure, purchase of priority technical equipment for supervisors, fire protection equipment and supporting consultant services.
Ecological Network Data Systems: Biological inventory, habitat mapping, upgrading of data systems to fulfill EU reporting requirements and harmonizing data systems with the EU INSPIRE Directive requirements will improve whole Ecological Network Data Systems and future Natura 2000 network.
Ecological Network Capacity Building: The purpose of this component is to promote inter-sectorial cooperation with other government institutions, provide support for accessing EU grant programs for nature protection and design of interpretation of natural values.
Details about every component you can see here.
Who is implementing the project?
The project is managed by the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, which is the central governmental body for nature protection in Croatia. Other key institutions with implementation roles include the State Institute for Nature Protection (responsible among other things for preparing the proposal of the Natura 2000 network), as well as 19 protected areas (National Parks and Nature Parks) and 20 County Public Institutions for nature protection in Croatia. Within the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection a Project Implementation Unit was established to coordinate all activities of NIP.
Who is financing the project?
The project is financed through a World Bank Investment Loan of 20.8 million Euros. The loan will finance one part of a wider “Program” of Nature Protection Investments with parallel financing through EU Grants (ongoing IPA and future Structural Funds). The Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, SINP, National Parks, Nature Park and County Public Institutions are also contributing with their own budget resources for co-financing investments by preparing technical documentation, licenses and part of activities.
When does the project start and how long will it last?
In „Declaration of Effectiveness“ World Bank determined the start date of project to be May 19, 2011 and expected implementation period of NIP is approximately 5 years (closing date of the Loan is April 30, 2016).
For additional information, all interested bidders are invited to preview documentation which can be found under link Project Documents and all active tenders can be found under link Tenders within the Project.
Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, Directorate for Nature Protection
EU Natura 2000 Integration Project
Ulica Republike Austrije 14, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Igor Kreitmeyer, Project Coordinator
Phone:+ 385 1 48 66 142
Nino Gunjača, Procurement Specialist
Phone:+ 385 1 48 66 141
Procurement under the Project will be conducted in accordance with the World Bank's Guidelines: "Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits", May 2004, revised in October 2006 and May 2010 (Procurement guidelines) and Guidelines: "Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers", May 2004, revised in October 2006 and May 2010 (Consultant Guidelines); as well as the conditions specified in the Legal Agreement (Loan Agreement).
On Monday, June 6, 2011, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia introduced EU Natura 2000 Integration Project (NIP), held in hotel Neptun, National Park Brijuni. The event was opened by Mr. Zoran Sikic, State Secretary for Nature Protection of the Ministry of Culture as well as by Mr. John Kellenberg, World Bank Sector Manager for Environment in Central and Eastern Europe. During the opening ceremony the participants were also welcomed by Mr. Davorin Marković, Director of State Institute for Nature Protection.