FAOLEX Database

Framework Law

The main law applicable to water resources management, which covers all of the following areas: administration; management, conservation and use of freshwater resources; water rights; waterworks; water supply
Date of text: 28 June 2019

Constitutional provisions

Date of text: 25 July 1990

Right to water: No Right to Water related provisions.

Natural resources: Article 2: states that the Croatian Parliament shall, independently and in accordance with the Constitution and Law, decide on the preservation of natural and cultural wealth and its utilization; article 52: The sea, seashore and islands, waters, air space, mineral wealth and other natural resources, as well as land, forests, fauna and flora, other parts of nature, real estate and goods of special cultural, historic, economic or ecological significance which are specified by law to be of interest to the Republic of Croatia shall enjoy its special protection.


Water used for irrigation, forestry and aquaculture
Date of text: 28 June 2019

Water Supply and Sanitation

Provision of water services by public utilities or commercial organizations; water supply for domestic, industrial or other purposes; right to safe and clean drinking water and basic sanitation; quality of piped water; sewerage
Date of text: 28 June 2019


The political, social, economic and administrative systems that govern water management and conservation; good practices; good governance; decentralization; water user’s associations
Date of text: 15 July 2021
Date of text: 28 June 2019


Waterworks; water supply systems; dams; hydropower systems; irrigation systems
Date of text: 28 June 2019
Date of text: 29 May 2014

Water Resources Management and Water Rights

Ownership and control of water resources; abstraction and diversion of water; allocation and quotas; riparian rights; priority of rights; free water use
Date of text: 15 July 2021
Date of text: 28 June 2019

Water and Environment

Date of text: 28 June 2019

Water Quality and Pollution Control

Control of pollution and quality of freshwater bodies and groundwater; agricultural point and non-point sources of pollution; water quality standards
Date of text: 28 June 2019


Freshwater resources located below the surface of the earth; aquifers; groundwater abstraction; well-sinking; boreholes; hydrogeology
Date of text: 03 October 2019

Disaster Resilience

Water-related hazards; flood; drought; water shortage; adaptation to climate change; early warning system/emergency intervention system