Today in Šibenik, three agreements on EU grants were signed for projects within the Call “Promotion of sustainable development of natural heritage” within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” totaling 56,4 million kuna, of which grants amount to HRK 40,3 million.The contracts were signed by the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, the director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting Tomislav Petric and on behalf of the project director the director of JU Priroda ŠKŽ Anita Babačić Ajduk and the mayors of Šibenik and Drniš, Željko Burić and Josip Begonja.Contracts have been signed for the following projects: Croatian Coral Center Zlarin total value HRK 24.127.147,50, of which grants are HRK 15.444.506,70; NATURA DRNIŠ- Sustainable development of Drniš’s natural heritage under the Natura 2000 ecological network, with a total value of HRK 5.674.022,42, of which grants are HRK 4.822.919,06 and Tourist valorization of the channel Sv. Ante in Šibenik – 2nd phase with a total value of HRK 26.554.752,95, of which the grant is HRK 20.000.000,00.The Drniš Project – Sustainable Development of Drniš Natural Heritage under the Natura 2000 Ecological Network is based on increasing the attractiveness and educational capacity and establishing better management of visitors to natural heritage sites, with emphasis on developing public awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation through promotion of protected nature and Natura ecological network. 2000The second phase of the Tourist valorization of the St. Ante is worth about 26 million kuna, of which Šibenik-Knin County co-finances23% of the amount. It is a long-awaited continuation of the project started by arranging the promenade in 2012. years. The area of the former Minerska barracks will become extremely attractive to visitors, and at the same time will educate about protected habitats and species from the NATURA 2000i ecological network and promote the importance of biodiversity conservation. The modern visitor center, an educational trail for the blind and visually impaired and a whole range of attractive and educational facilities, will also become a reception center for visitors to the Fortress of St. Nicholas, whose restoration is under the watchful eye of UNESCO.Photo: www.koralji-zlarinka.hrThe Croatian Coral Center in Zlarin includes the arrangement of a visitor, educational and research center, the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles and numerous educational facilities. The project envisages the arrangement of a pedestrian and bicycle path, hostels, bicycle rental terminals, development of applications and picture books on the topic of natural heritage preservation, children’s ecological workshops and volunteer workshops for drywall construction, ‘bunja’ and ‘guvna’.Minister Žalac emphasized that a total of 52 project proposals were received under the Call, the amounts of which requested grants greatly exceeded the originally planned grants amounting to HRK 196 million, which is why the Ministry approved an increase in the Call for a total of HRK 400 million from the European Regional Development Fund. development to enhance the absorption of funds. “With today’s signing of three new contracts, we have reached the amount of HRK 169 million, of which HRK 111 million are EU grants. ” Minister Žalac added and emphasized the importance of direct and continuous communication with prefects, mayors and mayors, as well as acquaintance with local and regional development priorities for achieving balanced regional development of the whole of Croatia.In his address, the Mayor of Šibenik, Željko Burić, pointed out that a project like this not only represents new content for visitors and guests, but also the creation of new jobs and the arrangement of the center and the view of the place. The signing was also attended by Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk, who emphasized that such projects leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and valuable resources that have been neglected for decades, and are proof that preserving natural heritage is the foundation of sustainable development. , a generator of new jobs and economic activity.