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REC Country Office Poland


Contents of this page:
* Staff * Budget Achievements * Projects * Expertise
Contact address

Year of Establishment:

Current Staff:
Marta Kaczynska, Country Office Director
Michal Miazga, Project Manager
Dariusz Gatkowski, Project Assistant
Kamila Gontarska, Financial Administrator

Operational Budget in 2007: 
EUR 87,000

Major Achievements:
The Country Office has traditionally had good cooperation with NGOs; it was voted the best funder in 1996 by the Polish NGO community.
The Country Office has established good cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture by offering expertise and knowledge on the Aarhus Convention, public participation in biodiversity protection and other issues.
The Country Office established a broad cooperation with teachers and ecological education centers in every region of Poland. REC education materials can be found in most of gymnasiums.

Main Projects:
Conservation and upgrading of habitats for rare butterflies of wet, semi-natural meadows. This project’s aim is to secure the conservation status and improve the quality of habitats of target butterfly species, which are currently in decline all over Europe. The reason for this is habitat loss, resulting from poor management, lack of public awareness and understanding and impaired communication between land owners, conservationists and authorities. REC is planning several activities, such as: habitat improvement and renovation, introduction of agri-environmental schemes to land management practices as well as several education and awareness building actions.

Legal and penal mechanisms for strengthening the protection of environment. The project is a reaction to recent increases in anti-environmental crime. REC tries to enhance cooperation and create a common framework between all institutions responsible for the execution of environmental law. This will be achieved though a series of workshops and training for judges and prosecutors, dealing with three main areas: crimes against wildlife species, problems arising from execution of criminal law in trans-boundary waste traffic and issues of legal operations in relation to new developments which could have a negative impact on the environment. The project includes three workshops for prosecutors and judges from all over the country.

Education for Natura 2000. REC recognizes that awareness and cooperation of the citizens and local authorities is crucial for effective environmental protection. What follows, education and raising awareness are crucial for conservation activity in Natura 2000 areas. With this in mind REC is preparing a pilot program in two model sites: Malopolski Vistula Gorge and Lower Bug Valley. The program is aimed at local teachers, in order to try and broaden their ecological knowledge and increase their capacity, as well as provide them with educational aides, and to encourage them to create local Friends of Nature clubs. In particular, REC will publish a handbook for teachers, which will help them to create and run classes on Natura 2000 areas. There are also workshops and seminars organized for teachers, dealing with Natura 2000 program and local eco-education methodologies, as well as a field-course, where teachers learn practicalities of eco-education in the field.

ACTOR (Aalborg Commitments Tools and Resources). Together with other partners REC strives to create greater awareness and commitment to sustainability among the municipalities of Europe, with intention of improving the quality of environment and standards of living. Its principal aim is to develop an internet-based Toolkit and a Training Package to support and assist potential and current Aalborg Commitments signatories across Europe in developing, implementing, and monitoring policies to meet the Aalborg Commitments. It will also be aimed at encouraging interested local authorities to sign up to the Commitments and to undertake the process of implementation.

Other Projects:

EIA & IPPC training Mechanisms of Environmental Impact Assessment and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control are the most important tools that the EU introduced to achieve sustainability and ensure that economic development will not be at the expense of the environment. Commissioned by the Ministry of Environment and Cooperation Fund, REC has prepared and carried out a series of workshops and seminars for governmental and local officials involved with EIA and IPPC. The training presented the theoretical and legal background of EIA and IPPC as well as procedures and practicalities involved with implementing them.

Communication for Nature Conservation is based on observation and experience showing that areas of high natural value cannot be protected without involvement and understanding of local communities and other interested parties. The programme provides nature conservation administration (national and landscape park staff), as well as NGO leaders, with training in efficient communication helping fulfill environmental protection’s objectives. The activities included thus far are: a series of regional workshops, seminars for directors of national parks, publishing a handbook, and international experience exchange (Poland – Latvia – Lithuania).

Green Pack
The Green Pack is a toolkit for teachers of environmentally themed subjects. A multi-media presentation makes it a lively source of information for anyone interested in environmental issues. It not only promotes environmental education, but also influences the behaviour of pupils. The Green Pack consists of a teacher’s book, CD-ROM, video caste, educational game and posters. Poland has become the first country where the Green Pack had been prepared, published and distributed in 3 editions (7000 copies). Due to a successful use of the Pack in Polish schools, a series of workshops has been organised. Altogether 5 454 teachers have been trained through workshops, with the involvement of 104 local coordinators. At present, approximately 500 000 children are taught based on the Green Pack.

Country Office Expertise:
Ecological education
Nature conservation
Aarhus Convention and public participation in nature protection
NGO networking and support
Legal, institutional and policy analysis/ assessments

Contact address:
ul. Grojecka 22/24 lok. 36
02-301 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: (48-22) 823-8459, (48-22) 823-9629
Fax: (48-22) 822-9401

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Related information:

Map of Poland

Home Page of Poland

UNEP-Infoterra Poland: Environmental Information Section

Ministry of Environment

MOST: Polish Environmental NGO Network (in Polish)

President of the Republic of Poland







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