The Croatian Association of Experts in Nature and Environmental Protection (HUSZPO) is a non-governmental and non-profit institution founded in 2004. The founders are legal and natural persons who are exclusively professionally engaged in the protection of nature and the environment.
The purpose of the association is to implement activities that improve knowledge and working conditions in the field of nature and environmental protection, representation of professional interests and improving the dignity of the profession. Through their work at HUSZPO, experts with extensive and many years of experience in providing professional nature and environmental protection services protect the values of knowledge and work on the market, defend the professional reputation and honor of members and the Association, encourage the creation of conditions for professional nature and environmental protection. competition in the market with respect to the principles of freedom to provide services, principles of equal treatment, principles of non-discrimination, principles of mutual recognition and transparency, express views on issues of special public interest, cooperate with other stakeholders in nature and environmental protection and organize and maintain expertise. gatherings on current topics in our area.
In connection with the latter activity, HUSZPO has been holding Cycles of forums in the field of environmental protection, nature protection and energy efficiency for many years (since 2011), through which current topics are addressed by recognized experts in individual fields. At the same time, we implemented the Round Table Cycle project as part of the implementation of the Law on Sustainable Waste Management (2014-2016), as part of which we held roundtables throughout the Republic of Croatia, which discussed current topics: Calculation of public mixed municipal collection service waste; Biodegradable municipal waste – “where to go” ?; Waste Management Centers in Croatia; Application of primary recycling. During 2018 HUSZPO organized important events related to the climate change and strategic environmental assessment topics: Round table “Climate change, strategic environmental assessment and physical plans“, and workshops about strategic environmental assessment with participation of county representatives from Croatia. Also, HUSZPO implemented two projects with actual topics “Public participation in environmental public hearing procedures during pandemic conditions” (2020) and “Integration of Climate Change into Strategic Environmental Assessment” (2021).
HUSZPO is also the organizer of the Regional Conference on Environmental Impact Assessment, which in its next edition 2022 becomes also the European conference. It is intended for experts and scientists in the field of environmental and nature protection, representatives of administrative bodies, regional and local governments, representatives of international financial institutions and the media and investors. The Conferences held so far have been a great success, given the number of papers submitted and the number of participants from a large number of countries in the region and beyond.