Javna ustanova Park prirode Učka
Liganj 42
51415 Lovran

Učka Nature Park, which encompasses the Vela draga geomorphological nature monument, is managed by the Učka Nature Park Public Institution. This institution was founded by the Government of the Republic of Croatia through the Decree about the establishment of the Učka Nature Park Public Institution (Narodne novine official gazette no. 96/99). The institution started its work in September 2001. In 2006 the Učka Nature Park Public Institution compiled its first Management plan in which the Park’s vision and mission were defined for the period of the next 10 years, as well as the management goals, implementation and the tracking plan for all the activities with a financial projection. The plan is a public document available to all the Park’s inhabitants, the local community and all the stakeholders. Currently a new management plan is being created in which a broader area is being included into strategic planning, along with the Učka Nature Park also the network of protected areas Natura 2000, protecting the endangered and rare species and habitats.

The institution’s governing body consists of the Administrative Board and the Director. The Administrative Board consists of five members. These members are appointed by the Minister. The members of the Učka Nature Park Public Institution Administrative Board are:
Blandina Randić Potkonjak, president of the Administrative Board
Vladimir Hršak, member
Pavao Nekić, member
MIrjana Galo, member
Žarko Erceg, member

All the activities of the Public Institution are managed by the director who is appointed by the relevant minister. The general manager of the Učka Nature Park Public Institution is Egon Vasilić, m. polit.. The seat of the Public Institution is in Liganj. Its address is: Liganj 42, 51415 Lovran. The offices are located in the Visitor Centre Poklon (the address is: Poklon 8, Vela Učka, Ičići 51414). Some of the most important management objectives of the Učka Nature Park Public Institution are:

  • Protecting and preserving the park’s resources
  • Enabling the public to enjoy and better understand the special features of the park
  • Supporting the economic and social well-being of local people
  • Interpreting
  • Educating
  • Researching
  • Promoting the recreational aspects of the park

Did you know?

The griffon vulture feeding site

…that griffon vultures, endangered in Croatia, are often flying over Učka in search for food? Once they were nesting here, but today their northern-Adriatic population is decreasing and in order to help in their preservation, a feeding site was build in Učka Nature Park, popularly called 'griffon vulture restaurants'.

The „Two towers“ trail

…that in 2018 a trail named „Two towers“ was established, which connects the town tower in Lovran with the Vojak tower on Učka? The trail goes through the existing hiking trail, and alongside there are educational boards that inform visitors on the flora and fauna of Učka.

The Roman cheese

…that it is traditional on Učka to produce the „molded“ sheep cheese of distinctive taste since the Roman Empire time? Its production was standardized due to its use in the nutrition of the Roman legions, while today's cheese made on Učka doesn't differ much from its antique ancestor.

Slavic mythology

…that the Mošćenička Draga's canyon used to be the scenery of sacred beliefs for the first Slavic settlers on the Kvarner area? The local toponyms like Perun, Babin grob and Voloski kuk witness about the old Slavic cult of Perun.
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