What: Study trip to Poland
When: 6-17th July
Where: Warsaw – Krakow – Zakopane – Opole
Warsaw greeted us with sunny weather. On Sunday, to get to know each other and make some crazy memories, the group went off on a scavenger hunt. Dancing Macarena on the market square, singing Polish songs with Polish people, kidnapping members of the other teams- just a short summary of what we did that day.
The educational part began on Monday, when we visited EuroCities (a department of Warsaw City Council) and WWF office. The day focused on the issues of climate change and nature conservation in Poland. The country is developing renewable energy sources, partially due to EU goals, and partly to limit its dependency from fossil fuels. This is, however, a huge challenge as over 90% of electricity is generated from coal.
On Tuesday, the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and of the Dutch Embassy’s Agricultural council enlightened us on the issues concerning Polish agriculture, the policies that try to regulate it and the recent agricultural land reforms in Poland. 93% of Polish territory is classified as ‘rural’, including agricultural and nature areas, with almost 15 million people living in these areas. Challenges in managing this Read more