Mass tourism in Croatia has posed a significant issue for some time now, and despite two years of forced stagnancy as a result of lockdowns and other measures which caused problems for travel and leisure as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, it seems that reducing the heavily negative impacts of uncontrolled numbers of people remains high on the country’s agenda.
As Morski writes, recently at the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Porec in Istria, the INHERITURA certificate was awarded to the Brijuni National Park Public Institution and the Natura Histrica Public Institution for the Luka Budava site in Liznjan (an ecological network area entirely within the administrative structure of the Liznjan Municipality).
Within the scope of the project “Sustainable Tourism Strategies for the Preservation and Valorisation of Natural Heritage of the Mediterranean Coast – INHERIT”, the international project team defined a framework for assessing sustainability in the management of protected natural heritage sites in the context of reducing the negative impacts of mass tourism on natural heritage.
The International INHERITURA label is a kind of certificate for a more advanced level of sustainable management of areas of valorised natural heritage, which is also considered a tourist attraction. The subject certificate was awarded to protected natural heritage sites located in the Mediterranean coastal and coastal areas that implement a higher level of sustainability in the management of protected natural heritage sites. The beautiful Brijuni National Park, which attracts countless visitors each and every year, is among them.
For the awarding of INHERITURA certificates and the establishment of INHERITURA areas across the Republic of Croatia, bodies managing protected areas of natural heritage could apply within the Open Call/Invitation for the establishment of INHERITURA areas, which was published on the website of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism.
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