Zagreb, Croatia
City population: 787619
Duration: 2015 – unknown
Implementation status: Other
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 900000 m2
Type of area: Previous derelict area, Other
Last updated: October 2021

The intervention was planned to revitalize and clean a derelict area close to the university hospital in Blato. Before the project was implemented, the area was an informal waste disposal site for the locals. The area was neglected for more than 30 years. Initially, Mayor Milan Bandić planned a large urban park with a thermal spa in the spot. The area was cleaned and some of the constructions had begun, but later it stopped due to some political hurdles (Ref 1, 2). The first phase, cleaning the shrubs and waste from the area has been completed in 2015, but the use of the area has not been determined yet, therefore the project has not been completed (Ref 1).


Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Large urban parks or forests

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity restoration
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Air quality improvement
  • Waste management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Promotion of naturalistic urban landscape design
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Improving mental health
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Employment/job creation


Creation of new green areas, Transformation of previously derelict areas

Project objectives

The main goal of the intervention was to create a park and thermal spa in the areas adjacent to the university hospital. Other objectives were to clean the area from shrubs and waste, create recreational facilities for the locals and encourage the locals to connect more with nature and ensure health benefits (Ref 1, 3).

Implementation activities

The project is haled because of some political hurdles and is not completed. The partial completion included removal of the waste and unwanted bushes and shrubs. The constructions of the park and the thermal spa have also started but are not completed (Ref 1, 2, 6).

Climate-focused activities

Climate change mitigation:

  • Increase green urban nature for carbon storage (wetlands, tree cover)

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity restoration:

  • Rehabilitate and restore damaged or destroyed ecosystems
  • Restore species (native, endangered, or unspecified)
  • Restore native species
  • Clear and control invasive alien species
  • Public engagement

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Regional government

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The company that cleaned the area - Zrinjevac is part of Zagrebacki Holding, a city-owned company. Zrinjevac takes care of the maintenance of green surfaces in Zagreb (Ref 4).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public regional budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Lowered local temperature
  • Enhanced carbon sequestration
  • Environmental quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Improved waste management
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved liveability
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records