Agreement signed on financing the development of amendments to the spatial plan of the Plitvice Lakes National Park
The signing of the Agreement provided all the preconditions for the adoption of the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the initiation of Amendments to the existing plan.The Agreement on Financing the Development of Amendments to the Spatial Plan of the Area of Special Features of the Public Institution of the Plitvice Lakes National Park was signed today by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Dr. Sc. Tomislav Ćorić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of Construction and Physical Planning Predrag Štromar, Director of the Croatian Institute for Spatial Development Irena Matković and Director of the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park Tomislav Kovačević.Financial resources will be provided by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, which initiated these changes, said Minister Ćorić, adding that the Ministry is undertaking a number of other activities aimed at improving the situation in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. “On the one hand, the development of a new National Park Management Plan has been initiated, which will, among other things, contribute to a better organization of visits, work is underway to repair losses in public sewerage, and a wastewater treatment plant will be procured and installed by June this year.”Concluded Coric.The holder of the project for drafting amendments to the spatial plan is the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, and all activities will be coordinated by the Croatian Institute for Spatial Development. “With targeted changes, we want to improve the existing plan and preserve our national pearl”Said Deputy Prime Minister Predrag Stromar, emphasizing that this primarily refers to the creation of a basis for a better water supply and sewerage network, as well as to prevent the growth of construction in the most sensitive areas of the National Park.The director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Tomislav Kovačević, is also satisfied with the signed agreement, emphasizing that this is an additional step towards sustainable development and preservation of the value of the national park, which, as he said, this park deserves.Related news:TOMISLAV KOVAČEVIĆ NEW DIRECTOR OF PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK“THE PLITVICE TIMES” – THE FIRST TOURIST MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROMOTING STORIES FROM ALL OVER THE CHARACTER
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