The main protected areas of Croatia are national parks, nature parks and strict reserves. There are 444 protected areas of Croatia, encompassing 9% of the country. Those include 8 national parks in Croatia, 2 strict reserves and 10 nature parks. The most famous protected area and the oldest national park in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Velebit Nature Park is a part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program. The strict and special reserves, as well as the national and nature parks, are managed and protected by the central government, while other protected areas are managed by counties. In 2005, the National Ecological Network was set up, as the first step in preparation of the EU accession and joining of the Natura 2000 network.
The total area of all national parks in the country is 994 km2 (384 sq mi), of which 235 km2 (91 sq mi) is sea surface.
Each of the national parks is maintained by a separate institution, overseen and funded by the government ministry of nature conservation and spatial development. The State Institute for Nature Protection provides centralized oversight and expertise.
1. Plitvice Lakes 296.9 km2 (114.6 sq mi) http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr
2. Paklenica 95.0 km2 (36.7 sq mi) http://www.paklenica.hr
3. Risnjak 63.5 km2 (24.5 sq mi) http://www.risnjak.hr
4. Mljet 5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi) http://www.np-mljet.hr
5. Kornati 49.7 km2 (19.2 sq mi) http://www.kornati.hr
6. Brijuni 33.9 km2 (13.1 sq mi) http://www.brijuni.hr
7. Krka 109.0 km2 (42.1 sq mi) http://www.npkrka.hr
8. Sjeverni Velebit 109.0 km2 (42.1 sq mi) http://www.np-sjeverni-velebit.hr
1. Kopački rit http://www.kopacki-rit.com
2. Papuk http://www.pp-papuk.hr
3. Lonjsko polje http://www.pp-lonjsko-polje.hr
4. Medvednica http://www.pp-medvednica.hr
5. Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje http://www.sutla-zumberak.hr
6. Učka http://www.pp-ucka.hr
7. Velebit http://www.pp-velebit.hr
8. Vrana Lake http://www.vransko-jezero.hr
9. Telašćica http://www.telascica.hr
10. Biokovo http://www.biokovo.com
11. Lastovsko otočje http://www.pp-lastovo.hr