Is this Croatian paradise in danger?; Jelena Prtorić & Giovanni Vale; Equal Times

Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sixteen pools of crystal clear water and a chain of small and big waterfalls, surrounded by luxuriant green vegetation. The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s postcard image of paradise on Earth, now threatened by a huge upswing in tourism, development and pollution.

So much so that UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) will consider in June whether to put the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is currently on the World Heritage List, on its List of World Heritage in Danger instead. The park runs the risk of losing its coveted status if doesn’t act quickly.

Turning up the pressure, a group of Croatian war veterans organised a protest camp in the village of Plitvica Selo to draw attention to the excessive levels of construction within the area of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Their sit-in lasted over 100 days, drawing the media attention they had hoped for. Unfortunately, the government didn’t react.

Ivica Jandrić is one of the leaders of the movement. He grew up in the area and is well-aware of the damage caused by tourism-related development.

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