Croatian Voluntary Organizations

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Voluntary organizations in Croatia operating in fields related to the work of Eco Hvar

 

Environment

Sunce - Environmental protection group based in Split, also Teaching Unit for the University of Split

Pokret otoka - Island Movement, organization to improve all aspects of living on Croatia's islands. (Website in Croatian)

Zelena akcija, Friends of the Earth Croatia

Lokalna Akcijska Grupa "Škoji" - website in Croatian: Local action group (LAG) for the environment for Hvar and Vis Islands. Šolta joined the group at the end of 2014. Statute (in Croatian).

Udruga Mojotok - website in Croatian only

Ecological society Čiopa of Dubrovnik - website in English and Croatian

Earth For Us. Eco initiatives on the Island of Brač. Facebook (in Croatian)

Za dobrobit  ('For wellbeing')- website in Croatian only

Udruga Zelena mreža aktivističkih grupa (ZMAG, Green Activist Group Network)

The seashore of our posterity - Project to film the entire Croatian coast and islands on HD film

Blue bag - Project to clean up the Adriatic

Health

Bioteka.hr - website in Croatian only

Udruga Zdravi Grad - Health City Split

Animals and birds

Most welfare organizations for animals in Croatia are volunteer-run on a local basis. There are very few which operate in the vicinity of Hvar.

The European Society for the Wellbeing of Animals gives a list of animal welfare organizations in Croatia.

Hrvatsko Ornitološko Društvo (Croatian Ornithological Society) - website in Croatian only.

Hrvatsko društvo za zaštitu ptica i prirode (The Croatian Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature) - website in Croatian only

Društvo za Zaštitu Životinja Dubrovnik - website in Croatian only

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