Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

Dear friends, associates, colleagues and partners,

we started this year in the hope that the Covid-19 epidemic would end and life would return to normal. Unfortunately, the virus is still here, and epidemiological measures, vaccines, masks and social distance have become commonplace. Yes, we have adapted and are doing everything we can to make our lives and work run with as little stress and problems as possible. We can proudly say that we have achieved that and that we ended this year at Oikon and Pro Silva in good health, joy and success!

We quickly adapted our working conditions to this challenging period as best we could, and we will continue to do so. We increased the share of private clients, turned more to foreign markets, increased the portfolio of services, improved technology, methodology and organization of work, and managed to attain excellent business results, for which we were awarded the internationally recognized Golden AAA Certificate of Creditworthiness for the year 2020.

Of course, for the business success, the biggest responsibility goes to our hard-working employees who have once again proven that knowledge, effort, adaptation, loyalty and dedication to work are definitely worth it. We would also like to thank our partners, clients and associates for their invaluable contribution to this success.

In the past year, we have achieved a lot. I will highlight only a small part…

At the beginning of the year, after 23 years of work in Croatia in the field of applied ecology and a leading position in the region, we expanded our business to Slovenia by opening the company OIKON SI, Institute for Sustainable Development Ltd.

We have successfully completed and started many large and important projects, including several significant invasive alien species projects and two remote sensing projects with the European Space Agency – ESA which, in addition to contributing to ecosystem conservation and biodiversity, also contribute to space technology in Croatia. Also, in cooperation with the German Fraunhofer ITWM Institute, we started working on the project “EDDA – AI image analysis for efficient humanitarian aid in disaster areas” in which we develop AI-powered software that automatically and efficiently analyses drone images and helps determine priority areas for interventions, the best routes for delivering humanitarian aid, assistance in rebuilding destroyed areas etc. But you will hear more about it soon.

We have financially supported numerous relevant projects, books and conferences, and I am glad that we were able to use our knowledge and resources to help the City of Petrinja to which we donated spatial data of the market value of about 32,000 EUR and which can be used for the reconstruction after the devastating earthquake.

We have participated in numerous conferences and scientific-professional gatherings, and our work has left its mark in professional and business associations. In cooperation with partners Robin Radar Systems, Supernatural, and the Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia, in October we organized and co-financed a workshop ” Radar technology – advanced methods of tracking birds and bats as part of the development of wind farm projects“, held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, which presented advanced methods of nature protection using radar technology that has not yet been used for this purpose in Croatia.

We have also changed the visual identity of Oikon – we have decided on a new and modern design that reflects our values, mission and vision, which I believe we will be recognized for many years to come.

We rounded off the year with another award – the Yellow Frame for Sustainable Development, Science and Education awarded by National Geographic Croatia in category 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production, which we are also very proud of.

When writing such reviews, I am always amazed at how much it can be done in a year and how difficult it is to remember everything, especially to make a selection of the most notable events. I hope you have followed our posts on social media where you could see many more events from this year that are not mentioned here.

In the end, I can only say that I hope that next year we will finally be able to organize our well-known, and long-awaited parties and celebrations.

On behalf of the entire Oikon and Pro silva team, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a lot of health, happiness and success in the New Year 2022!

Dalibor Hatić

Director

Oikon d.o.o.
Oikon d.o.o.