The Institute for Environment and Nature within the Ministry of the economy and sustainable development is one of the central institutions within the nature protection sector in Croatia. Among other roles, the Institute is conducting expert work related to alien and invasive alien species; and it takes part in the implementation of national and international legislation on alien and invasive alien species, such as EU Regulation No. 1143/2014 and the national “Act on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of alien and invasive alien species”.
Public Institution National Park Krka manages one of the most visited national parks in Croatia, whose territory makes most of Natura site SCI HR2000918 Šire područje NP Krka, one of the project areas. Public institution National Park Krka has a long tradition of collaboration with the scientific community and is responsible for the protection of nationally important natural phenomena, tufa barrier water cascades. The NPK has recognized the severity of their Ailanthus infestation: they are conducting Ailanthus eradication project since 2017, across the two smaller locations near the tufa barriers
Public institution for management of protected areas of Dubrovnik-Neretva county manages the protected areas of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, including the Natura 2000 sites SCI HR2001364 JI dio Pelješca that is one of the project’s areas. Most importantly for this project, they participated in the local efforts of the NGO “Mala Sirena” in projects of Ailanthus control conducted on Pelješac, starting from 2016.
Vrtlar d.o.o. is a landscaping and horticulture public company responsible for the design, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of existing green areas in the city of Dubrovnik, which is why they recognized the Ailanthus problem in Dubrovnik. Their experience in plant protection, horticultural work, and technical experience will provide a valuable contribution to the project.