Sustainable development and the value of water – Poland 3.0 program

In 2020, Poland can have the largest drought in 100 years.Wildfires are devastating Poland’s largest national park, home of many rare animal species – Biebrzański National Park.Drought is also caused by terrible water management in Poland, lack of water retention, and inadequate management of available, limited water resources.That is why as a non-governmental organization – Poland 3.0 program we prepared documents showing the hydrological situation in Poland and in the last years we appealed to the government for immediate action.Why we created a program Poland 3.0?Because Poland needs urgent, and at the same time – long-term projects. Because Poland needs well-educated leaders with the highest standard of integrity, who will be an advocate of human rights, peace, and sustainable development.When our program advocated the urgent issue, to take integrated care of inland waterways in Poland, reduce air pollution caused by the domination of motor transport, and to regulate the waterways (which plays a significant role in flood and drought prevention), we were pioneers. Poland 3.0 program is a first grassroots, complex program of action for the Polish environment and economy, with positive results for both.Water belongs to fundamental human rights and freedoms.Statistically, during the year there are less than 1600 cubic meters of water for every Pole, which is not much more than per inhabitant of Egypt!Contrary to the belief, Poland is poor in terms of water. In European countries, the average supply of surface waters is estimated at 4.6 dam3/year per one inhabitant. It is almost 3 times more water annually per inhabitant than in Poland. The water supply in Poland is characterized by high jumpiness and seasonal change. Only around 6% of annual water outflow is kept in reservoirs. One can say that in Poland every 20th drop of water is stored while in Europe it is every third…At 72.8%, road transport is the main culprit of emissions in transport. It bears also the main responsibility for other types of air pollution and noise.

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