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Monitoring the Implementation of the Baltic Action Plan

Civic participation Completed
2014-02-10 - 2016-01-31
203 180,03 PLN
182 621,28 PLN
Project description
The project "Social monitoring of the implementation of the Baltic Programme for Action" originated in response to legal crisis resulting from the fact that the accepted Baltic Plan for Action was not published in the Official Journal, and thus failed to come into force. The aim of the project was to activate NGOs for lobbying activities in order to bring about amendments in legislative regulations in cooperation with responsible ministries and the Parliament. A partnership was started with the Norwegian NGO OIKOS which offered their knowledge and experiences in lobbying to Polish organisations. A parliamentary motion was prepared, cooperation was started with parliamentary and senate committees for Agriculture and Rural Development and for Protection of Environment, Natural Resources and Forestry. The key institutions were identified that were responsible for adapting of the Polish law to e.g. nitrate directive, i.e. the ministries of agriculture and environment, and KZGW, and cooperation with them was started on the path of NGO participation in consulting legal drafts that should allow for better using of their potential and engagement. A conference was organised with participation of organisations and administration, as well as 2 workshops, 6 meetings with administration and NGO representatives during thematic events (e.g. the Council of Ecological Agriculture, the Round Table etc.). The key elements of the path were tested during consultations of the Act on Water Law. Experiences from works on the path and good practices in cooperation with administration were presented in the booklet "Social monitoring of legislative processes as a tool of democratic state". Together with 22 organisations, the "Stance on water policy and amendments in the Act Water Law" was prepared and signed by 12 organisations. It was forwarded to state authorities, industry administration and organisations. The project benefited 22 agricultural and environmental NGOs through their integration around the issue of water pollution and incorporation of NGO representative in the National Council for Water Management, and had positive impact on industry stakeholders (farmers, water managers, academic circles) by creating an information network.
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