Croatia has a territorial sea of about 19,000 km2 and an ecological and fishery protection zone of about 24,000 km2. It does not yet have a national MSP plan. However, a legally-binding, integrated sea use management plan that focuses on mariculture has been developed for Zadar County. A pilot coastal plan has also been developed for Sibenik-Knin County. One of its recommendations is to develop a spatial plan for the marine waters of the county.
The principal legislation for planning in Croatia is the Physical Planning Act of 2013 that regulates the physical planning system of the country. The act provides for maritime planning within territorial waters at the national and regional level. The Physical Planning Act is now under revision to include provisions of the EU MSP Directive of 2014.
The Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning is responsible for MSP in Croatia. Under the EU Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning Croatia will be required to implement a maritime spatial plan by 2021.
For more information, see the European MSP Platform website (http://www.msp-platform.eu).