In the last 30 years, the western world had become aware of the pandemic of allergic diseases primarily of the respiratory system caused by inhalation allergens.
The so-called “allergy march” is a common name for the progression of childhood allergic diseases building on one another. Currently, one in ten citizens of the Republic of Croatia suffer from respiratory allergies. The spread of ambrosia especially poses a problem, because its pollen, released during its bloom period in July to September, also endangers tourists, and it can discourage visitors of Poreč from choosing this tourist destination. At the same time, data in the City of Poreč City Health Image document indicates that children and adult residents of Poreč are most effected by respiratory diseases, and that they are also the most prevalent health issues of the local population.
The the contents of this environmental health program include screening of ambrosia plants (measuring pollen concentration in the air), organised extermination of weeds and continuous sensitisation, education and informing the population of the achieved project results.
Screening – mapping ambrosia in Poreč and surrounding areas
By systematically touring the terrain (experts and volunteers), GPS recording and describing sites where ambrosia was found, a city-wide map of ambrosia locations is created, and it monitors eventual spreading and creates the basis for the extermination of the plant.
Sites where ambrosia plant was sighted:
- Funtana – neglected land along the Funtana-Fuškulin road-bike path. Approximately 150 plants on a trapezoidal plot of cca. 2500 m2 Coordinates of the site in Funtana:
- Sv. Lovreč – canal along the road near the cemetery where 10-ish plants have been identified Coordinates of the site in Sv. Lovreč:
- Poreč – Žatika (next to the city cemetery): several plants findings on private land.
- Poreč – Košambra landfill one ambrosia plant was found.