Nature protection

Appropriate assessment for the ecological network

Appropriate assessment for the ecological network is a procedure assessing whether the implementation of a plan, programme or project alone or in combination with other plans, programmes and projects can have a significant impact on the conservation objectives and integrity of the ecological network in terms of its structure and functionality.

The procedure consists of three stages:

  • Screening;
  • Main assessment with the assessment of alternative solutions;
  • Identification of overriding public interest and compensatory measures.

Appropriate assessment for the ecological network shall be carried out for all the projects and activities that may have an adverse impact on the conservation objectives of the ecological network areas, pursuant to the Ordinance on appropriate assessment of the impact of plans, programmes and projects on the ecological network (Official Gazette 118/09). If environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required for an activity or project, the appropriate assessment for the ecological network shall be carried out as part of the EIA. If EIA is not required, the main assessment shall be carried out as a separate procedure.

In order to comply with the Bank’s internal rules, an opinion of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Nature Protection Directorate shall be submitted for each project concerning its compliance with nature protection requirements in terms of the Birds and Habitats Directives.

The guidelines specifying the activities that need to be taken to obtain the required opinion of the competent Ministry are presented below.

Please note that obtaining the opinion on the project’s compliance with nature protection requirements in terms of the Birds and Habitats Directives is a requirement for the project to be financed with the EIB/CEB proceeds.


GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING OPINION ON THE PROJECT’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE BIRDS AND HABITATS DIRECTIVES

Precondition: Location and building permits issued, EIA completed

The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection issues an opinion on the project’s compliance with nature protection requirements in terms of the Birds and Habitats Directives

The request for opinion shall be accompanied with information on the developer (for a legal entity: an excerpt from the register of companies, with contact details); information on the project location (name of the unit of local and regional self-government; name of the cadastral municipality and number of the cadastral plot); a map delineating the project area in relation to the ecological network areas (with different colours representing: the entire scope of the building permit; the facilities developed so far; and the planned water protection facilities under the CEB/EIB programme, table attached); the description of the ecological network (available at www.dzzp.hr, Catalogue of Information); and a conceptual design of the project (Environmental Impact Study, if applicable). Decisions for EIA, location and/or building permit, if applicable, shall also be attached.

If the project is located within an already built-up part of a construction area, the request shall be accompanied by the relevant spatial development plan delineating the project scope (in such case, the appropriate assessment for the ecological network is not required)).

The requests for opinion shall be sent to the address of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Trg Republike Austrije 14, Zagreb.