Weatlh and Resources in Poland

The Environmental problem in Poland

Polandfs environment was not good many years ago during the communist regime. Now, the environmental has improved. This was possible because the government increased their awareness of issues about the environment. The focus on heavy industries also decreased. Many forests, however, were lost in World War II, and the country has not recovered yet. After the war, Poland lost around 4 million acres of forestland. Contaminants from planes and acid rain damaged 75 percent of the forests in Poland in the mid 90s. Way back in the year of 1990, Poland suffered as heavily as any other East European country from the environmental negligence inherent in the central planning approach to resource development. As the investigations revealed that enormous damage had been inflicted on water, air, and soil quality and on forest. But because the economy had depended for over forty years on unrestrained abuse of Poland's natural resources, environmental planners in the early 1990s faced the prospect of severe economic disruption if they abruptly curtailed the industrial practices causing pollution. Water and air pollution affect the entire country which 65% of the Poland's river water was so contaminated. The Vistula River was a major polluter of the Baltic Sea. River water could not be used for irrigation. and about half water was considered undrinkable. Since the Polish forests are dominated by conifers, which are especially vulnerable to acid rain, nearly two-thirds of forestland had sustained some damage from air pollution. But after all the country was trying to recover as the government increase their awareness of this issues.