to the Polish Environmental Law, all administrative regions are due to create
environmental programs or plans that are coherent with national environmental
policy. Except on the national level, there are three administrative levels
(voivodeships, powiats, gminas) The voivodeships are subdivided into powiats
(often referred to in English as counties), and these are further divided into
gminas (also known as communes or municipalities). Major cities normally have
the status of both gmina and powiat. Poland currently has 16 voivodeships, 379
powiats (including 65 cities with powiat status), and 2,478 gminas.
LA 21 initiatives:
number of LA21 in Poland is unknown. There is no monitoring or reporting being
done on these processes. Therefore, there is a need to initiate a survey
regarding LA21 initiatives in Poland. However, it is important to emphasize
that is existing inaccuracy in definition of LA21. Some of communities
understand their environmental plans (documents demanded by low) as an
implementation of LA21.
As mentioned above, all environmental programs and plans are strongly
linked with national environmental policy. The monitoring and reporting process
is also defined in the Environmental Law - every 4 years the Government
presents an environmental policy report.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 03 October 2014
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