Invasive Species Centre

We collect and disseminate reliable information on invasive species and other environmental topics relevant to the area of Poreč and Istria.

Who are we?

The Center for Invasive Species (CIV) has emerged out of necessity for a coordinated approach to education and raising public awareness of the importance of invasive species problems and harmful impacts on human health and the environment. The aim of CIV is to actively involve all relevant institutions in Porec and beyond, as well as children and citizens in the preservation of health and our unique and extremely valuable natural heritage.

CIV is located in the premises of the Institute for Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč. In addition to the staff of the Institute, CIV’s work is supported by numerous external associates, volunteers, students,  teachers and all interested citizens.

Dr.sc. Barbara Sladonja graduated in Biology, mastered in Ecology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, and had her PhD in the field of Natural Sciences, field of Aquaculture in Italy. She worked as a researcher at a number of scientific institutions across Europe and beyond, where she specialized in integrated coastal and sustainable management. She has participated in numerous leading national and international projects and has published over 50 scientific papers in the field of biology and biotechnology. In these projects she was in charge of laboratory  analyses, field work, data processing and popularization. In addition to scientific work, her favorite professional engagements are related to working with children and the transfer of knowledge. Ecology is her interest and vocation.

dr.sc. Danijela Poljuha

Dr. sc. Danijela Poljuha graduated from Biology, Molecular Biology course at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Zagreb, where she also holds a PhD degree in the field of Natural Sciences in the field of biology. She has worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Zagreb, at the Institute for Agriculture and Tourism Poreč and the Istrian County Research Center METRIS (Istrian Development Agency) and has, for several occasions, received further training in Croatia and abroad. She has participated in numerous national and international projects and has published over 50 scientific papers in the field of biology and biotechnology. She is the founder of two laboratories and the Biotechnical Department of the Research Center. Her research interest is aimed at herbicide genetics and the application of molecular markers in the preservation and conservation of genetic resources in horticulture. In addition to scientific research, she also deals with popularization of science.

Mag.oecol. Mirela Uzelac graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Zagreb. During her academic education she participated in the projects of popularization of science “Think Blue – Ugljan Island” and education as a mentor at the Night of Biology event. In the Bioteka Association, she wrote popular and scientific articles in the field of ecology, in the organization of Bius she participated in the field work of mapping marine habitats, and in the development of educational  panels for association The Society of marine researchers 20 000 miles. She gained her work experience through education, working on projects and in the chemical laboratory of the Rovinj tobacco factory. In addition, she is interested in all things digital and refers to herself as an eternal optimist and a playful biologist

What do we do when invasive species are involved?

The most effective way to manage invasive species is prevention. Prevention protects us from the  occurance of serious economic, ecological and sociological consequences of an invasive species expansion.

If prevention has failed and the invasive species appears in our environment it is necessary to detect and determine it as soon as possible. It is of great importance to verify the appearance of an invasive species in order to react in a timely manner.

When an invasive species occurs in a habitat, it is necessary to react quickly and take measures not to allow its expansion into other habitats. The success of these actions depends on the speed of reaction and the method of control and the possible elimination.

Sometimes an invasive species is found in an environment where successful removal and control is impossible. In such cases, it is important to take measures to minimize its impact on human life and natural environment.

With such adjustments, practical steps are taken to protect the community from the harmful effects of that species on society

Educating and raising awareness of the importance of invasive species  as a cause of environmental harm and danger to human health.

What do we do?

  • creating lists of present foreign and domestic invasive species

  • determining their expansion and systematic monitoring of population status

  • cooperation with other sectors in order to prevent alien species invasion and the implementation of the removal program

  • conducting continuous education of the general public on invasive species

  • preparing information material providing latest data regarding invasive species

  • constant contact with the citizens and providing information to all interested citizens

  • organizing info points about invasive species for tourists in the summer months

  • communication with all interest groups (agriculture, tourism, fisheries, associations, institutions, media …)

  • other activities related to the topics of invasive species and, generally, ecology and sustainable development

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What do we do when invasive species are involved?

The most effective way to manage invasive species is prevention! Prevention protects us from the serious economic, ecological and sociological consequences that occur when the invasive inhabits an ecosystem!

If prevention has failed and the invasive species appears in our environment it is necessary to detect and determine it as soon as possible. It is of great importance to verify the appearance of an invasive species in order to react in a timely manner.

When an invasive species occurs in a habitat, it is necessary to react quickly and take measures not to allow its expansion into other habitats. The success of these actions depends on the speed of reaction and the method of control and the possible elimination.

Sometimes an invasive species is found in an environment where successful removal and control is impossible. In such cases, it is important to take measures to minimize its impact on human life and natural environment.

With such adjustments, practical steps are taken to protect the community from the harmful effects of that species on society.

Our volunteers