The Roots. Project for the Protection of Nature’s Heritage and the Culture of Świętokrzyskie Mountains
Outcome:
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Kielce
Voivodeship (headquarters):
świętokrzyskie
Dates:
30-11-2021 - 30-11-2021
Status:
completed
Project cost:
24 822 EUR
Funding:
23 327 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
activities to activate local communities (animation), educational activities, information activities, intervention actions, environmental protection activities, advocacy activities, watchdog activities, civic participation
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, local community, volunteers

Krzemionki Opatowskie and Świętokrzyski National Park – both named the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – are among the most valued cultural and environmental sites of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. Both places are currently under a serious threat from administrative decisions approving development of the dolomite mine (in case of Krzemionki) and a reduction of the National Park’s territory through a removal of the Church of St. Cross and its adjacent properties from within Park’s boundaries. Locals informed us about their concerns and the need for action.

We will conduct an ecological, hydrological and legal analysis of Krzemionki Opatowskie. We will initiate a dialogue with the management of the property, the municipality, investors, and the local community. We will also conduct public hearings on the protections of this area and the proposal to build the mine, and will publish press releases on the subject. Simultaneously, we will carry out an inventory of the endangered part of the Świętokrzyski National Park to evaluate if the area lost its unique natural environment properties. On the basis of our inventory, we will compose a research report. We will train volunteers in monitoring and documenting the Park’s area and in responding to illegal activities. We will also run a social campaign on the government’s plan to change the boundaries of the Świętokrzyski National Park, formulate the position of local community on the issue, and establish communication with the proper authorities that have influence over the decisions pertaining to the Park.

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