Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • Current main uses:

    • Tourism
    • Fisheries
    • Shipping
  • Other current uses: shipbuilding and ship repair, water projects, passenger ferry services,
  • Future uses:
    • Tourism
    • Shipping
    • Aquaculture
  • Other future uses: passengers ferry services, yachting and marinas
  • There is a plan to establish large LNG terminal in the Northern Adriatic Sea basin.
  • Croatia established 29 extraction blocks from Istria to Dubrovnik and 19 oil extraction platforms, whose localization has not yet been specified. Extraction platforms were initially expected to be operative within 2019. However, the new Croatian government intends to shelve temporarily plans for exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic Sea.
  • 266 Natura 2000 marine sites are established in Croatia (257 SCI and 9 SPA) for a total sea area of 5,279 km².

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

An overall binding MSP plan has not been developed in Croatia yet. However, a legally binding plan focusing on mariculture and with links to MSP is already available. The main objectives of this plan, the Zadar county integrated sea use and management plan, are:

  • Economic development
  • Coastal development
  • Rational use of natural resources, especially protection of the sea
  • Environmental protection
  • Landscape protection
  • Protection of historical heritage

MSP legislation

The backbone of the legislation on physical planning in Croatia is the Physical Planning Act (2013) which regulates the physical planning system of the country. The act provides for maritime planning at national and regional level (up to territorial waters), already including a number of provisions of the EU MSP Directive. The Physical Planning Act is presently under revision to explicitly accommodate missing provisions requested by the MSP Directive.

National MSP authority

  • Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning
    Phone:  +385 1 3782457

Gordana Kovacevic: Head of Service

Sandra Momcilovic: Head of Service

  • Croatian Institute for Spatial Development
    Phone: +385 1 3712756

Vesna Marohnic Kuzmanovic: Head of Department 


Ministry of Environment and Protection of Nature
Phone: +385 51 213 499

Barbara Skevin Ivosevic: Head of Department



Last Update 25.04.2017