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Professor Jan Szyszko: No country is fully resistant to climate change

Climate change in coastal and maritime areas is the topic of Global Climate Action meeting attended by the Minister of Environment, Professor Jan Szyszko. The event took place under the UN Climate Summit in Bonn (COP23).

Minister of Environment, Professor Jan Szyszko emphasized that the extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes, progressing salinisation of groundwater in coastal regions or more powerful storms, pose a threat.

"One should note that Poland holds and implements the national climate change adaptation strategy, in which the coastal zone has been separated as one of particularly sensitive areas. According to risk analysis for this area the implementable adaptation activities were proposed” – says Professor Jan Szyszko.

"Designating the protected areas in the coastal and maritime regions, in which the nature will be able to adapt to climate change is another important activity. We have established two national parks in the coastal zone i.e. Wolin and Słowiński National Park covering the terrestrial area and adjoining sea belt” – added the Minister.

The fact that Poland designated 44% of its territorial waters as protected areas is worth noticing. It has also established 17 Natura 2000 areas, of which 9 are included into the HELCOM Baltic Sea Protected Areas. The activities taken by Poland made the Baltic Sea the first sea in the world, for which the target coverage of at least 10% of seawaters with protected areas adopted under the Biodiversity Convention has been reached.

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