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Websites of interest, relating to Eco Hvar's aims.


Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (home page in English)  gives lists of foods withdrawn from sale on health grounds

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

World Health Organization (WHO)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia

QuitDay, United States organization to help smokers give up the habit / addiction

Drug dangers. Vital information about medicines and surgical materials


International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources - World Heritage Outlook

All Green PR Ltd A UK business based in London which helps 'Green' organizations to make their presence felt

Environmental Protection 

Young People's Trust for the Environment

The Nature Conservancy, organization with worldwide reach working to preserve nature and natural habitats

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Organic Agriculture

Food Tank U.S. organization working for sustainable agriculture to feed the world

Slow Europe, Slow Food

Kinookus: 'a thematic conjunction of food and film and the development of aesthetic taste for beauty and good'

International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) International organization linking volunteers to organic farms in different countries. (Croatia is not on the list yet)

International Organic Inspectors Association

United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Water-Quality Assessment Program

10 Ways to Help Save the Ocean

GM Watch

Georgina Downs - UK Pesticides Campaign

The Soil Association - UK charity which campaigns for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Garden Organic - UK charity promoting organic growing methods

Plastic Banks - an innovative and far-reaching solution to the problems of plastic pollution which also helps the world's poor.

Protecting Wildlife from Trash

10 Ways to Help Wildlife

Meatless Monday: Protect the Planet, One Day Each Week - Travel creating the minimum carbon footprint. Holidays include several options in Croatia.

Biotechnicon - website in Croatian - website in Croatian only - website in Croatian only

Ecosia - search engine which donates 80% of proceeds for tree-planting in Brazil

Pokret otoka - Island Movement


World Wildlife Fund - International fundraising organization based in the United States supporting nature conservation efforts

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Eurogroup for Animals - Croatian partner 'Animal Friends Croatia'

Croatian Ornithological Association / C.O.M. Croatia

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - UK nature conservation charity 

American Bird Conservancy

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

World Society for the Protection of Animals

Eurogroup for Animals - Croatian partner 'Animal Friends Croatia'

Dogs Trust (formerly the Canine Defence League) UK charity caring for dogs

Associazione Isontina Protezione Animali - Animal protection volunteer group in Gorizia, northern Italy.

15 Ways to Help Homeless Dogs

Feral Cats and How to Help Them


Zelena knjižara - online Croatian bookshop for a range of subjects including ecology, natural sciences and health












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