Stop drought! The six-month-long consultation phase of the programme is almost behind us! Notes and comments on the Drought Effects Counteracting Plan (DECP) can still be submitted until 15 February.
Today’s consultations on the topic of drought were opened by a press briefing with Marek Gróbarczyk, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterway Transport, and Przemysław Daca, President of Polish Waters. Minister Marek Gróbarczyk highlighted that activities in the maritime economy prepared for this year are focused on fighting drought.
Over 57% of the Masovian voivodeship is located within a belt where there is a serious and extreme threat of agricultural drought. At the same time, the area of about 30% of Masovian rivers, lakes and reservoirs is stated to be seriously threatened with hydrological drought. Measures of counteracting these phenomena were a topic of discussion on 4 February in Warsaw.
This awareness day, established to commemorate the anniversary date of the Ramsar Convention of 2 February 1971 on the protection of wetlands, reminds us of the importance of marshes to water retention. It is worth noting that wetlands cannot exist without water; therefore, the gradual implementation of the retention program is of paramount importance.