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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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Water Management

The following recommendations are part of the overall conclusions and recommendations of the environmental performance review of Poland: • mobilise financing needed to upgrade and extend both urban and rural sewerage, waste water treatment and drinking water supply infrastructure, giving consideration to greater involvement of the private sector; • apply the user pays and polluter pays principles more fully for water services, taking into account social considerations; • pursue implementation of EU legislation and implementation of the new institutional framework for water management established by the 2001 Water Act; • focus water management priorities, with clear quantified objectives and time limits, while paying particular attention to minimising the costs of meeting environmental quality targets; • continue to implement flood prevention and mitigation programmes and plans, in particular by protecting flood plains and natural buffer zones; • introduce measures to promote use of phosphate-free detergents (e.g. product charges, phase-out)....

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