Hrvatske vode

Basic principles

Water management principles

Water is not a commercial product such as certain other products, but a heritage that has to be guarded, protected and used sparingly and rationally.

Water shall be managed in accordance with the principle of integrity of the water system and the principle of sustainable development which meets the needs of the present generation, without threatening the right and possibility of future generations to meet their needs.

Water management shall adapt to global climate changes.

For water use exceeding the limits of permissible general use, as well as for any deterioration of water quality, compensation shall be paid in proportion to the benefit gained, or the degree and extent of the impact on water quality, respecting the economic value of water, recovery of water use costs and protection of the aquatic environment and other environmental components.

The protection and use of water is based on the precautionary principle, undertaking preventive measures, removal of damage caused to the aquatic environment at the place where the damage occurred and based on the "polluter pays", i.e. "user pays" principles.

When undertaking activities related to water preservation, protection and use, competent authorities, i.e. competent legal entities pursuant to the Water Act shall make decisions as close as possible to the place where water is exposed to certain influence or where it is used.

Flood risk management is based on the principles of solidarity, priority in needs, emergency, permanent immobilisation and mobilisation. It is planned and coordinated at the level of river basin districts for the purpose of reducing the risk from adverse effects of floods, especially related to human life, health and property, the environment, cultural heritage, economic activities and infrastructure.

The public shall be informed and participate in the making of planning documents pursuant to the Water Act and special regulations related to the protection of the environment.

Water management that has cross-border influence is conducted through cooperation with other countries, by concluding and implementing international agreements, sharing information on cross-border influences on water and the aquatic environment, on major accidents as defined by environmental protection regulations, as well as through international exchange of information on water and the aquatic environment.

Basic principles concerning relationships with third parties

Basic principles concerning relationships with third parties are based on professional, impartial and polite behaviour.

Using expert knowledge in order to assist third parties in exercising their rights, at the same time acting in accordance with the principle of legality and the protection the public interest.

Equal treatment of all, without discrimination or preferential treatment on the basis of age, nationality, ethnic or social affiliation, language or racial origin, political or religious beliefs or inclinations, disability, education, social position, gender, marital or family status, sexual orientation or on any other basis, as well as treating disabled individuals and other individuals with specific needs with particular attention.