In 2013, the Strategic Adaptation Plan was adopted by the Polish government, in response to the ever more pressing need for adaptation to the changing climate and in accord with the European strategy. It was the first step to prepare and implement modern adaptation initiatives, including in the field of water management. Unfortunately, the plan was never implemented and many of the actions by the State Water Holding “Wody Polskie” are outright contradicting the plan. The issue of climate catastrophe is urgent and important, but still, many citizens are unaware of issues surrounding water management, influence of particular economy sectors on its quality, and actions that should be taken in order to mitigate the effects of climate change in the future.
We will prepare a report and helpful infographics on effective and lasting solutions mitigating the effects of extreme weather and hydrological events, such as droughts and floods, as well as impacts of mines and coal energy sector on the water resources – the quantity of water available and its quality. We will distribute the materials through the social media, other events and collaboration with NGOs. We will also engage citizens and NGOs in the nationwide consultations on updating Water Management Plans in River Basins, updating the Flooding Risk Management Plan for Oder and Vistula Rivers, as well as national and regional operation programs regulating allocations of the European Union funds after 2020. We will also prepare parliamentary interpellations on national water policy and adaption to climate change policy.
Our partners are Towarzystwo na Rzecz Ziemi, which will support us with its knowledge on the impact of powerplants on the water quality in Poland and River Sisters, which will organize outdoor events near some of the rivers in question to highlight the dangers for our water resources in Poland and propagate the right approach during the ongoing climate catastrophe.