Description of the partner organisatio

The State Institute for Nature Protection is the central institution carrying out expert tasks of nature protection in Croatia. It was established in 2002 by virtue of a Regulation of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, pursuant to the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Protection of Biological and Landscape Diversity of the Republic of Croatia and the Implementation Plan for the Stabilization and Association Agreement, signed by Croatia and the European Union in 2001.

Pursuant to the Nature Protection Act, the Institute carries out expert tasks of nature protection for the Republic of Croatia, in particular, tasks pertaining to: inventorying; monitoring and assessing the state of nature; preparing expert base proposals for the protection of natural values; developing the Nature Protection Information System (including all relevant thematic databases); conserving parts of nature; establishing the conditions for nature protection; managing protected areas and the use of natural resources; developing expert base proposals for the assessment of acceptability of interventions in nature; reporting on the state of nature; participation in the implementation of international agreements on nature protection and organising and implementing educational and promotional activities in nature protection.

The Institute began its operations in September 2003, and actively co-operates with state administration bodies, agencies, universities, non-governmental organisations, school and other interest groups.

Description of the activities

In the past years, the Institute has participated or implemented 35 national and international projects aiming at supporting, upgrading and promoting nature conservation activities. These are projects primarily financed from European Union funds, such as LIFE, CARDS, PHARE, IPA and the Council of Europe. The work of the Institute has been recognized and acclaimed by the European Commission during the implementation of all projects financed by the Union.


In the NETCET project SINP will act as a project partner and in this capacity it will attend all project meetings, take care of the dissemination of project outputs to all relevant stakeholders, prepare information for project website and participate in other public awareness raising activities. More specifically, SINP will support organization, host and/or participate in courses aimed to improve and standardise all aspects of stranding management for cetaceans and sea turtles; as well as workshops for the setting up and operating of emergency/rescue centres, as well as implementation of cetacean and sea turtle monitoring survey methods. SINP will also participate in the development of an Adriatic Emergency Task Force proposal. At national level, it will be in charge of equipping and setting up future rescue centres along Croatian Adriatic coast and organization of emergency simulation and evaluation in Croatian centres. Together with the Italian ISPRA, SINP will coordinate development of common Adriatic strategies for the conservation of C&ST, in particular the activities concerning the description of the state of the art of cetaceans and sea turtles conservation: assessing the state, threats, planning instruments, and legal and institutional background to support C&ST conservation. In cooperation with Croatian partners and other relevant stakeholders, SINP will draft national action plans for C&ST conservation in Croatia.


State Institute for Nature Protection
Trg Mažuranića 5
10 000 Zagreb

Link to the institutional websites


  • Contacts: Project Officer
    Ana Štrbenac
    M.Biol., M.Sc.
    Tel: +385 (0)1 5502 912
    Fax: +385 (0)1 5502 945
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    Head of the Marine Section
    Petra Rodić
    M.Ed (Biol.)
    Tel: +385 (0)1 5502 930
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