More and more incentives for “green” projects

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first_imgThe Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, signed contracts in Rijeka on Monday for the projects of the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Visitor Center on Large Carnivores in Stara Sušica. The contracts have a total value of over HRK 24 million, of which HRK 16 million has been secured by grants from EU funds, reports the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.The signing at the Natural History Museum was attended by the County Prefect of Primorje-Gorski Kotar Zlatko Komadina, the Mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel, the Rector Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, the Director of the Public Institution Nature Sonja Šišić, representatives of CFCA and others.Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is one of the most diverse in the Republic of Croatia in terms of natural heritage and biodiversity, and it is extremely important that the County recognized the urgency of developing its institutions that care for protected parts of natural heritage. These projects strive to present the immense wealth of flora and fauna to citizens and tourists. Also, the establishment of large Agricultural Centers and a future Interpretation Center directly encourages the scientific, economic and tourist development of rural areas, as is the case with Stara Sušica. The story of the Interpretation Center for wolves, lynxes and bears in the near future is intended to expand with a mountain house, a real eco-ethno treat and a small zoo park where these predators would live.The project will regulate access to the protected geomorphological monument of nature, Zametska Cave, open it to the public and enrich Rijeka’s tourist story with new content. Also, speaking about green tourism, the arrangement of three Rijeka parks is planned below: Nikola Hosta Park, Mlaka and Trsat.The project of building the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was created in partnership with the City of Rijeka with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Public Institution Priroda and the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka. The University of Rijeka also provided support by providing the field within the University campus on which the mentioned Center will be established. The Interpretation Center is worth HRK 16.17 million, of which the share of grants is HRK 11.29 million. The County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, together with the Public Institution Priroda, is co-financing the project with almost HRK 3.5 million.The efforts of the County to strengthen and create preconditions for sustainable valorization of natural heritage throughout its territory should be commended. valorization of the entire Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. In addition to the mentioned Zametska cave in the City of Rijeka, this project also valorizes the areas of the strict reserve Bijele and Samarske stijene and Lopar on the island of Rab, while NATURA 11 includes Zebar, Lič polje, Obruč, Platak, Kupska dolina, Osor, the surroundings of Baška and the aforementioned parks of Rijeka.The Municipality of Ravna Gora and the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ravna Gora are participating in the project of building a Visitor Center on large carnivores in Stara Sušica, while the holder of the project is the Public Institution Nature. The project is worth HRK 8.18 million, of which HRK 5.006.600,96 are grants from EU funds. With this Center, the mountain area wants to be presented and promoted as a place of coexistence of people and beasts, as well as preserved landscapes and natural resources; all with the aim of encouraging the sustainable development of Gorski Kotar, preserving the natural heritage and sustainable valorization of the same, then creating green jobs, training locals and visitors, improving tourist attractiveness and attracting visitors.The completion of the project is scheduled for September 1, 2020, while the construction of the Center is planned to begin in 2019. This is a step closer to the promotion and development of sustainable tourism and branding of Gorski Kotar as a destination of preserved natural heritage, for which the involvement of local self-government and community was extremely important.”I would like to take this opportunity to praise the hosts, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the city of Rijeka, where as much as HRK 2.8 billion was contracted through 3.318 contracts and grants, of which a total of HRK 2.4 billion in grants was contracted during the mandate of this Government.”, Said the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, and pointed out that the signing of the contract is actually the result of dedicated work and partnership of all users and institutions.On the eve of the signing, the Ministry reports that Žalac held a meeting with Komadin and Obersnel in which they discussed the use of the domestic component fund in projects related to the European Capital of Culture.PHOTO: A native of Rijekalast_img

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