We have dedicated the new number of our magazine to an important topic on Eco-Health that is not sufficiently represented in our public, as opposed to global institutions and media, where data and interpretations on the interaction between ecology and general health are almost daily. The decision to deal with the cause-effect relationship between the state of the environment and public health has brought us the challenge to cover the ecosystem in an integrated way, analyzing its individual parts according to the information available in our country.
As the institutions define the concept of EcoHealth and systematic care about it, we presented through a “two-way” interview with representatives of the key institutions of the Republic of Serbia in this area – the Batut Institute and Environmental Protection Agency. We also talked with Pertti Ikonen, the Ambassador of Finland, the world’s leading provider of health services and digital health technologies, on how to maintain the balance between ecology and health, without compromising economic growth.
We are witnessing numerous changes in the environment – from air pollution, climate change to drought, floods, and other disasters – but it seems that it has not yet managed to bring us to our senses. However, the interview with Marija Jevtic, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad, as well as the data provided by our interlocutors from NGOs HEAL and Fractal, could help us understand the consequences of climate change on our health so that we become more aware and responsible to the environment and to our own health. In this issue, you can also read about all the consequences of global warming on agriculture in Serbia in an interview with Ana Vukovic, Ph.D., a meteorologist at the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade. Also, we have presented the range of one of the most successful domestic environmental campaigns – “Don’t litter! No excuses!” – which SBB Foundation has been leading since 2015.
Although our country has no sea, we were also thinking of preserving the sea – and why it is important even for residents of countries that do not have coasts told us Aleksandar Joksimovic, Ph.D. from Kotor Institute of Marine Biology. There are also texts on renewable energy sources since an energy shift is necessary to contribute to reducing the emissions of substances harmful to health and the environment. We tried to present successful domestic companies, among which Propulzija, which grew from a family manufacture to a reputable European company. We believe that this topic of EcoHealth will be very interesting and that you will, as much as we did when we created this issue, find out a lot of information on ecology and public health.
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