The coast, the islands and the sea are Croatia’s key national assets, hosting a large share of its population and contributing significantly to the country’s economy.
The Adriatic region also has unique and extremely sensitive coastal and marine ecosystems, brimming with biological diversity. However, the sea level rise, erosion, floods, pollution, and excessive exploitation of natural resources are all putting considerable pressure on the coastal population, on economic activities including tourism, and on critical ecosystem services.
A Blue Economy approach can help Croatia address these challenges and promote sustainable and integrated development of economic sectors in healthy coasts and sea.
In this context, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia and the World Bank co-hosted a virtual workshop to introduce the Blue Economy concept and discuss challenges related to the sustainable management of the Croatian coast and sea. The World Bank also showcased how the Blue Economy concept has been applied in other countries, and presented funding opportunities for the development of the Blue Economy in Croatia.