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Conservation Facts

Population: 4.4 million
Total Area: 56.594 km 2
Population density: 81 per km2
Protected Area: 10% (terrestrial)
National Parks: 8
Largest Nature Reserve: Plitvice Lakes NP 296.9 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Elio della Ferrera
Maurizio Biancarelli

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A lot in Croatia is about water. It ranks on no. 3 in Europe when it comes to renewable water resources. And is counted among the 30 most water-rich countries in the world. Furthermore, the Adriactic coast of Croatia is the cleanest in the Mediterranean.

Water rules, above and below the surface. Large rivers like Sava, Drava and Danube run through the pannonian basin at the border with Hungary, creating wetland and marsh and reed habitats for birds and large herbivores.
The wonderful system of water in Plitvice Lakes NP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
the subterranean waterbodies and cave systems (some more than 1.000 m deep) of the Dinaric mountains and the Adricatic coast
and more than 1.000 offshore islands underline the country’s „fluid“ profile.
For WILD WONDERS we picked two areas that might nicely reflect the country’s natural treasures: the Plitvice Lakes, a National Park since 1949, and the Kornati Islands NP.
In Plitvice Lakes the major attraction are hundreds of waterfalls that connect the waterbodies of a similar number of lakes. Lush vegetation and water in all shades of torquoise, green and blue make it an amazing place to go year-round.
A very different impression deliver the 89 islands of the Kornati Islands NP. All of them with sparse vegetation, machhie at best. Most of them look like lovely rounded bare bumps of chalk, rocks and sand in the beautiful sea. A wonderful place to explore with a small sailing boat or kajak!