Protecting the Trees – with and for the People
Outcome:
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Wrocław
Voivodeship (headquarters):
dolnośląskie
Dates:
31-10-2022 - 31-10-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
68 856 EUR
Funding:
68 856 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide
Types of activities:
social actions and campaigns, intervention actions, environmental protection activities, action for change/establishing new legal solutions, civic participation, networking
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, decision makers, society

Based on our experience and previous collaboration with eco-activists from all over Poland, we have identified several issues related to destruction and harvesting of trees. The report from the Supreme Audit Office released in 2019 pointed out increasing difficulties when it comes to the tree protection in Poland. The law does not provide for the citizen participation in the forest and land management, does not provide proper tools for executing the law in place, and does not impose administrative penalties, or intervention strategies, in case of violations of the basic tree protection laws. The current law is also not in lockstep with the modern standards for protecting the green spaces based on the scientific research on climate and the environment.

We will address these issues by building a resistant and systemic collaboration process between activists who work on protecting tress in Poland. Together, we will create a list of necessary legal changes and lead a nationwide campaign on the most pressing issues and necessary changes. We will also organize a series of meetings for the activists and leaders of the environmental movements to work on a shared platform regarding the priority problems and the future strategy for forcing legal change. We will include representatives of many groups on both the consultation, as well as implementation levels, including city councilmen, civic servants, or local forest managers, since they are at the forefront of environmental protection on that level. We will train our leaders to become local coordinators to operate similarly to the British network of the Tree Protectors, or the Polish Smog Alarm. With the support of lawyers and experts we will prepare a project of legislative changes and other legal changes regulating protection of the trees.

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