To preserve the diversity of the plant and animal world in Kvarner efforts and resources are constantly being invested into ecology, into eco-activities and education. During 2005 the exponents of this work were also awarded numerous acknowledgments by international ecological and educational organisations. Among them there are 23 Blue flags for the orderliness and cleanliness of the beach and sea, 3 for marinas and 10 for functioning of eco-schools.
The National Park Risnjak with its headquarters in Crni Lug near Delnice, has at its disposal 6,400 hectares of forest area with more than thirty specific plant communities, with about ten different forest associations and sub-associations, a 4.2 kilometre long educational trail, mountain lodge, restaurant and accommodation capacities are a special attraction and asset of Kvarner. With its luxuriant plant foliage, diverse animal world and its speleological facilities and mountain trails, lodge, pansion and hospitality facilities also make the Nature Park Učka stand out, while other natural reserves include the Bijele and Samar cliffs, Mrkopalj, Geo-morphological reserve Vražji prolaz and Zeleni vir, Skrad, Devela Lipa – Veliki Rebar, Lokve, the forest Crnika in Glavotok on the Island of Krk, the forest Dundo on Rab, while ornithological reserves can be found on the islands of Cres, Krk and Prvić.
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