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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Poland 2003

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This review of Poland's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in reducing the pollution burden, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. The analyses presented are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data.

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International Commitments and Co-operation

The following recommendations are part of the overall conclusions and recommendations of the environmental performance review of Poland: • adopt and implement a coherent national climate protection policy which identifies priority policy measures based on their cost-effectiveness (e.g. in terms of cost per unit of avoided emissions) and is co-ordinated with energy and transport policies (e.g. taking ancillary benefits into account); • ratify relevant Protocols to the UN-ECE Convention on Long-range Transport of Air Pollutants, and pursue their reduction targets (e.g. for SOx, NOx, VOCs, NH3) through the national air management strategy; • complete investment in municipal waste water treatment stations and strengthen measures to reduce nutrient run-off from agriculture, as necessary, to comply with pollution reduction commitments made in the framework of HELCOM; • strengthen monitoring and inspection of fish catches (in harbours, on ships, by satellite) and work to improve information collection on by-catch and discards in offshore fisheries; take further steps to reduce fishing capacity; • strengthen enforcement against illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, endangered species and hazardous waste; • ensure better integration of environmental concerns into development projects financed by international and EU funding....

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