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Croatia marks International Day for Biological Diversity
The International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day in Croatia, May 22, were marked at Zagreb's Maksimir Park on Sunday with an educational programme and workshops for visitors.

In terms of biodiversity, Croatia is among the leading European countries. All of the country's regions are characterised by a high level of diversity of habitats and species.

Croatia has around 40,000 registered animal and plant species, but it is estimated that there are 50,000-100,000 species.

The country's biodiversity is also reflected in the number of endemic species, including 480 endemic plant species. Croatia is home to a large number of endangered European species and has 19 national and nature parks.

The United Nations declared May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) so as to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in sustainable development.

In 2003 the Croatian parliament decided that the national Nature Protection Day should be marked to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity.