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Lika and Mali Lošinj: Leading the Way in Sustainable Tourism

Written by  Oct 25, 2023

Lika's Sustainable Path: Embracing Eco-Tourism

Lika, nestled in the heart of Croatia, is renowned for iconic attractions like the Plitvice Lakes and the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. Yet, it's also quietly undergoing a transformation, steering toward responsible resource management and a commitment to sustainable tourism.

One of its sustainability champions is Mrs. Helena Bogdanić, who tends to her family farm along the pristine Gacka River. Embracing eco-friendly farming practices, she cultivates fruit trees and herbs in harmony with nature, offering visitors a serene retreat in the lush landscape.

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The "Ivan Vlainić" family farm specializes in traditional brandy production, emphasizing quality over quantity. Visitors increasingly value small batches of premium homemade products, honoring tradition and ecological coexistence. Meanwhile, guardians of the Grabovača Cave Park are preserving nature within the park as if it were their own. They aim to attract visitors who appreciate nature's worth, balancing increasing demand with the need for sustainability.

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Though Lika remains relatively undiscovered by the masses, sustainability is essential in preserving its pristine beauty amid rising interest. These efforts underscore the region's dedication to sustainable practices, safeguarding its natural treasures for future generations.

Mali Lošinj: A Beacon of Sustainability

While global consciousness about sustainability and ecological practices is on the rise, Mali Lošinj has been ahead of the curve, leading the charge for a greener, more eco-conscious future. This pristine island, lovingly known as the "Island of Vitality," has been recognized as an environmentally responsible destination since 2016. It consistently surpasses 111 rigorous criteria across seven vital categories, from effective destination management to preserving the environment, ensuring socio-economic sustainability, and safeguarding the island's natural beauty.

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As a climatic health resort, Mali Lošinj boasts an abundance of aromatic plants and more than 2,800 hours of annual sunshine, providing a rejuvenating atmosphere. The fragrance of pine, lavender, and countless indigenous plant species lightens the spirit and has attracted visitors for generations.

Education in Mali Lošinj instills ecological awareness from an early age, with kindergartens and schools promoting responsible behavior and sustainability. High school students contribute to heritage preservation and the island's economic development through maritime agriculture programs.

The island successfully combines responsible tourism with environmental sustainability. Regular surveys demonstrate high visitor and local satisfaction, emphasizing the effectiveness of this approach.

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Mali Lošinj extends its sustainable ethos to wildlife conservation, where the Plavi svijet organization safeguards dolphins and endangered turtles through eco-conscious excursions. The island's rich history is also a testament to sustainability, exemplified by the eco-friendly construction of the Museum of Apoxyomenos.

Mali Lošinj proves that sustainability is not solely about grand gestures but also involves smaller initiatives, such as waste separation for vacation home owners. Continually monitoring its environmental impact, the island strives to minimize the resources consumed by visitors, setting a commendable example of responsible, sustainable living.

For more information on Croatia visit the Croatian National Tourist Board website – HERE

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