Community-led initiatives in Croatia

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Transition in Croatia

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The Transition Network lists 2 initiatives in Croatia.[1]

Permaculture in Croatia

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The Croatian Permaculture Association is a member of ECOLISE and two national permaculture convergence have been organised (2010, 2013). [2]

Ecovillages in Croatia

Main page: Ecovillages in Croatia

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) lists 2 projects in their database. This number is however only reflecting the projects that have registered themselves on the database. The ecovillage database contains ecovillage projects of all sizes and in all stages of development.[3]

Community Energy in Croatia

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Solidarity Economy in Croatia

Main page: Solidarity economy in Croatia

The SUSY report of 2015 on Social and Solidarity Economy indicates that "social economy was more typically associated with forms of social enterprises, community associations and ‘the third sector’" in Croatia and the concept of social economy as a community led initiative is not well known or spread. This is also reflected in the absence of mention in national documents where it is mentioned only in the National Strategy for Creating an Enabling Environment for Civil Society 2006th to 2011th. The only exception is a cooperatives scheme as the only form of social entrepreneurship that is acknowledged in the Cooperatives Act.

"The process towards a new National Strategy for development of social entrepreneurship 2014-2020 is very slow, and the weakness of the sector emerges from answers gathered during interviews conducted with stakeholders from Dubrovnik Neretva county. (...) In order to achieve the potential development of social entrepreneurship, a legal and institutional framework Core Research - Eastern Europe 36 should be defined for social enterprises and solidarity economy and combined with the above- mentioned National Strategy so as to give a ‘major boost’ to the development of SSE in Croatia".[4]

An annual conference on Good Economy is organised in Croatia.[5]

Initiatives & Projects

Project Milo Za Drago 2014/15 is a joint venture between the Association "moment.39", the Croatian Permaculture Association, Transition Pula and the Association of Rojca Associations from Pula and funded by the EU & the Office of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for associations, the project aimed to:

improve the capabilities of partner civil society organizations to establish a non-money-sharing infrastructure at the local level, with the development of co-operation with local self-government units, in the area of Maksimir and Trešnjevka South city districts in Zagreb, and the local councils Monte Zaro and Nova Veruda in Pula. In the situation of the multi-year economic crisis, the project has developed inter-neighbourly assistance and cooperation, and the exchange system is complementary to conventional money exchange. The aim was to refer citizens to meet economic needs and without using money".[6]

Community Food Production in Croatia

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Croatia

According to URGENCI, the International Network for Community Supported Agriculture, the first CSA initiatives in Croatia where started in 2012 and estimates about 20 CSAs providing for 3000 consumers in 2016, connected in an informal umbrella of solidarity groups.[7]


ZMAG - the Green network of activist groups

ZMAG - Zelena mreža aktivističkih grupa, a member of ECOLISE, is a NGO formed in 2002 focussing "on practice and advocacy of sustainable solutions, education and design, promotion and development of just and fair social and economic systems and appropriate technologies. We are one of the eight Centres of knowledge for society development in Croatia – area sustainable living and permaculture development". ZMAG runs the Recycled Estate in Vukomerić, 25 km south of Zagreb, an educational center and is offering education, publications, conferences and events as well as practical application to topics like Good Economy, natural and sustainable building and seed banks and seed exchange.[8].

Collaboration with Local Government

Intersections and Interactions


  1. Accessed on June 10th 2018
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  3. Accessed on May 23rd 2018
  4. Troisi, R., di Sisto, M., Castagnola, A., 2018. Transformative economy: Challenges and limits of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in 55 territories in Europe and in the World. Sustainable and Solidarity Economy, Firenze.
  5. Accessed on June 18th 2018
  6. Accessed on June 11th 2018
  7. Volz, P., Weckenbrock, P., Cressot, N. & Parot, J. European CSA Research Group (2016): Overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe. Accessed on June 7th 2018
  8. Accessed on June 18th 2018