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NP Plitvice Earns Green Destinations Certificate for Sustainability

NP Plitvice, one of Croatia’s most treasured natural wonders, has proudly achieved the Green Destinations certificate for sustainability. Amidst the enchanting beauty of Croatia lies a true natural gem – Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is a place where nature’s splendor and sustainability converge. Recently, on the international stage of the World Days of Green Destinations conference, held in Tallinn, Estonia, Plitvice Lakes National Park shone brighter than ever. NP Plitvice received the prestigious Green Destinations silver award for its unwavering commitment to sustainability.  

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, known for its cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests, is more than just a breathtaking destination. It’s a testament to responsible and eco-conscious tourism. This coveted award is presented by Green Destinations, a global non-profit organization based in the Netherlands. The organization is dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and the responsible development of destinations worldwide. 

Sustainability Beyond Buzzwords: NP Plitvice Commitment to Green Destinations

Today, sustainability is a buzzword, but what truly sets a destination apart is the tangible commitment to green practices. Travelers increasingly seek destinations that align with their values, places where nature is preserved, and local communities thrive. Plitvice Lakes National Park embodies these ideals, offering travelers an eco-friendly haven

The Green Destinations certification process is a rigorous evaluation of 84 criteria across four dimensions of sustainability: social, environmental, economic, and cultural. In Croatia, alongside Plitvice Lakes National Park, Međimurje County and the city of Mali Lošinj have successfully undergone this process. These destinations not only demonstrated their responsible practices but also received invaluable tools for continuous improvement over the next two years. 

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The journey towards the Green Destinations certification has been long and demanding, a testament to the dedication of all stakeholders involved. We are immensely proud to have completed this journey and showcased that, through a commitment to sustainability and the collaborative effort of our partners, we can create a destination that is not only responsible for us but also for future generations,” said Tomislav Kovačević, Director of the Public Institution “National Park Plitvice Lakes.” 

The World Days of Green Destinations conference, a global gathering of sustainability experts, offered a platform for over 260 delegates to engage in discussions on climate change, public-private sector partnerships, destination management, and practical sustainability solutions. The conference emphasized the significance of strengthening local culture, enhancing the guest experience, and promoting the values of sustainability, aligning perfectly with Plitvice Lakes National Park’s mission. 

A Sustainable Paradise

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a stunning natural wonder. When you visit this remarkable park, you’ll encounter many attractions and experience why it’s considered a sustainable paradise. 

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  • Plitvice Lakes is renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls, with the Veliki Slap (Big Waterfall) being the most impressive. These cascades are not only awe-inspiring but also a result of the park’s commitment to maintaining its natural beauty. The water remains pristine, and measures are in place to protect the ecosystem.
  • The park is home to 16 interconnected lakes. These lakes are preserved in their natural state, and the park’s sustainability efforts ensure their continued purity.
  • Plitvice Lakes is a haven for biodiversity, with a rich variety of plant and animal species.
  • To minimize the impact on the environment, the park features extensive wooden pathways and bridges that meander through the park.
  • The park places a strong emphasis on waste management and recycling. All that to keep the area clean and free from pollution.
  • The park promotes responsible tourism, encouraging visitors to respect nature, wildlife, and the environment. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and promoting sustainable practices is what makes it a true paradise for nature lovers. Visitors can revel in its splendor while knowing that their presence supports conservation and responsible tourism. The park’s eco-friendly initiatives, coupled with its stunning landscapes, make it a sustainable haven for those who value and respect the environment. 

So, why should you pack your bags and head to this Croatian paradise?

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NP Plitvice Park’s Silver Award from Green Destinations is not just an accolade. It’s an invitation to discover a destination where nature thrives, culture thrives, and sustainability thrives. When you visit, you’re not just a traveler. You become a steward of this pristine environment, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Plitvice Lakes National Park welcomes you to experience its beauty and its commitment to preserving the natural wonder that has captivated hearts for generations. 

Your CTC Team

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