The Kornati National Park has been awarded a European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, which was presented to its representatives at the European Parliament in Brussels in early December.
The park's director, Josip Zanze, said on Wednesday that 18 more protected areas across Europe had been awarded the charter. The Kornati National Park is the third protected area in Croatia to have received this certificate. The nature parks Medvednica and Lonjsko Polje were given the charter in late 2014.
The charter is awarded by the EUROPARC network of European protected areas, which consists of 376 protected areas in 36 countries. The charter is awarded to protected areas that have adjusted their development to EUROPARC's principles of sustainable tourism.
A total of 131 protected areas from 16 European countries have a European charter for sustainable tourism.
Zanze said that the charter was a practical tool for planning and for running a protected area, making it possible for tourism to contribute to a balanced economic, social and ecological development of protected European areas.
He said that this year the park saw a record high number of visitors - 157,574 - 7% more than in 2014.