Zagreb – This week, local communities living in and around Croatia’s Plitvice National Park and veterans’ associations came together to symbolically halt traffic at a wooden bridge near Plitvice Sela to draw attention to the numerous threats facing Croatia’s only UNESCO World Heritage site.
Known worldwide for its lakes, Plitvice National Park has long attracted thousands of visitors and interest but in recent years, unprecedented pressure from tourism and ill-planned construction projects threaten to impact the park’s waters and biodiversity.
Excessive water use has left the park’s Great Waterfall running dry, with only 40 per cent of its maximum water capacity currently available. Unless urgent action is taken, Plitvice National Park could be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
“A series of ill-informed decisions have left Croatia’s most precious natural pearl at unprecedented risk,” said Irma Popović Dujmović, project officer, WWF-Adria.