In 2011, the Department of Forestry under Ministry of Agriculture ceded the land area of 26 ha of marshland in Krk Island under 50 years concession to private investor Zvonko Brozović. The aim of the concession was a re-cultivation into agriculture area. The concession plan included drainage of the marshland (by the Department of Forestry) and planting of 4,500 olive trees (by the private investor). Initially, the project obtained legal permissions from the State Institute for Nature Protection and Municipality of Dobrinj.
Thanks to the pressure by the local CSOs (Eko Kvarner, Jezero, Animalia) the Ministry of Culture and its Nature Protection Inspection Department stopped the project. The opponents of the project stressed that the land was located within the second protection zone of the drinking water sources, in which no agriculture activities were allowed. Furthermore, the marshland area was suggested to became a part of the National Ecological Network NATURA 2000 as a habitat to various protected and endangered animal and plant species, and an important bird migration point as declared by the State Institute for Nature Protection. Ironically, it is the same institute that initially approved the project. It was estimated that the project would particularly negatively affect the endangered turtles species. Namely, the turtles have acquired the habit to lay their eggs in the old drainage canals surrounding the project area, which was planned to be cleaned for irrigation purposes. The marshland area also provides various ecosystem services to the local citizens, such as a regulation of local micro-climate. The cleaning of the canals started in August 2012. Shortly after, the government temporarily stopped the process due to the necessity for more detailed assessment and valorisation of the project area in accordance to the European Union regulations on the use of the NATURA 2000 areas. The opponents of the project took advantage of the fact that Croatian was entering the EU at that time to demand from the government to conduct further biological studies that would approve great biological and environmental importance the area and its permanent protection.