Freshwater - Why care? (Croatia)
Water availability in Croatia is sufficient, but its spatial and annual distribution is unfavourable (which is more evident in the Adriatic Sea basin district). The environmental changes caused by natural phenomena, but also by the impact of human activity, may threaten water quality. The negative effects of unavailability of sufficient quantities of water, use of water of inadequate quality, and natural disasters are multiple and include deterioration of human and animal health, loss of biodiversity and economic losses. Croatia applies an integrated water management policy in order to ensure sufficient quantities of water of appropriate quality for the current and future needs, taking into account the renewability of sources.