Discover the marvels of Istria during your stay in one of its many farmhouses or vacation homes striving to develop their sustainability and accountability with respect to the environment and the local community.

Obiteljski hoteliDALMATIA
Uncover the diversity of Dalmatia during your stay in one of its small hotels or family run apartments managed in harmony with nature and the environment, aiming to preserve the beauty and authenticity of Dalmatia for future generations.

EkoPartner criteria

Considering the objective limitations existing in many environments (underdeveloped public infrastructure, underdeveloped separate waste collection systems and so on) criteria selection was based on two principles: basic environmental protection requirements and additional provisions which smaller tourist facilities are able to implement instantly, with limited or no financial investment. There are 33 of them and they have been divided into eight categories. They are called initial criteria, as the programme is going to entail facility grading in the future, meaning that the tourist facilities which achieve a higher degree of sustainability are going to be elevated to a higher level.

No Category Initial Criterion
1 Waste Monitoring the creation and quantity of waste by using the assigned EkoPartner form.
2 Waste Avoid using small, portion-sized food packaging (honey, butter, marmalade and the like).
3 Waste Purchasing detergents and cleaning agents in large packages.
4 Waste Purchasing personal hygiene products (liquid soap, shampoo, balms and so on) and using dispensers.
5 Waste Separate gathering of hazardous waste.
6 Waste Separate gathering of municipal waste (of at least one sort).
7 Waste Using durable tableware and durable tablecloths.
8 Waste Making meal reservations (a possible option for reducing the creation of organic waste).
9 Water Monitoring water consumption by using the assigned EkoPartner form.
10 Water Printing bathroom instructions inviting guests to use towels for more than one day.
11 Water Reducing water flow from taps and showers.
12 Energy Monitoring energy consumption by using the assigned EkoPartner form.
13 Energy Turning off the lighting and electrical appliances when they are not being used.
14 Energy Regulating the recommended temperature in buildings to a maximum of 22°C in the winter and a minimum of 26 °C in the summer.
15 Energy Using energy saving light bulbs in buildings.
16 Energy Maintaining electrical appliances so as to avoid energy loss.
17 Foodstuffs Offering home-grown food.
18 Foodstuffs Offering foodstuffs produced by local farmers.
19 Foodstuffs Avoiding the use of foodstuffs containing GMOs.
20 Foodstuffs Offering eco-labelled food products.
21 Transport Promoting the use of public transport (providing information regarding timetables, routes and prices).
22 Transport Encouraging the use of bicycles.
23 Transport Providing information regarding natural paths, including cycling routes and mountain paths.
24 Noise Asking guests to respect the environment and to avoid creating noise.
25 Noise Considering the sources of noise in the building (reducing noise to the lowest possible level).
26 Local values Providing information about cultural and historical heritage.
27 Local values Providing information about natural heritage values, local biodiversity, landscapes.
28 Local values Tend for the environment by planting local, indigenous plant species.
29 Local values Promoting local cuisine.
30 Education and communication Appointing a person responsible for programme implementation.
31 Education and communication Educating staff with regard to programme implementation.
32 Education and communication Providing information about participation in the EkoPartner Programme – presenting the membership logo and posters in buildings and on web pages.
33 Education and communication Using forms to obtain feedback from guests as regards programme implementation."