Water and environment protection

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Kropla Beskidu Fund
Every single drop of water from the Beskids is our heritage. Let’s protect it together!

Water is a natural resource of the Beskid Mountains. It is no accident that Poland’s famous health resorts are located in the Beskid region. People visit the resorts to benefit from the therapeutic properties of the water in the resorts. The water is also bottled as so-called natural mineral water and natural spring water at numerous water bottling facilities, including Kropla Beskidu brand in the village of Tylicz.

As a producer of natural bottled waters and the owner of the Tylicz plant we feel responsible for preserving the unique heritage of local water reservoirs. This is why in 2005, the Kropla Beskidu Fund was set up - upon the initiative of Coca-Cola HBC Polska and Coca-Cola Poland Services in co-operation with the “Partnership for the Environment” Foundation and Partnership Fund which manages the Kropla Beskidu Fund.
The Kropla Beskidu Fund focuses on engaging the Beskid Sądecki citizens in actions aimed at protection of water resources. It is imperative that local inhabitants run such activities together with local authorities, private businesses and NGOs. Teachers, schoolchildren and their parents, office workers, kindergartens, culture clubs, youth and sports clubs, boy scouts and business people get involved the carrying out of projects supported by the fund.
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The program is addressed to non-government organizations and institutions in Beskid Sądecki: Krynica Zdrój, Muszyna, Piwniczna and Rytro. It is also possible to submit and carry out projects in partnership with other communes from the Poprad river basin. The best projects entered in the competition can hope for two types of subsidies: 1st degree subsidies, up to 5,000 złoty each, meant for educational projects, and 2nd degree subsidies, up to 25 000 złoty each, for projects that produce measurable effects in the form of improving water quality in Beskid Sądecki.

Decisions on granting subsidies are made by the Steering Committee of the Kropla Beskidu Fund composed of the representatives of the Nowy Sącz County Starost Office, Krynica Zdrój, Muszyna, Piwniczna Zdrój and Rytro communes, Poprad Landscape Park, Meteorology and Water Management Institute in Kraków, Regional Water Management Board – Stary Sącz Branch, the Coca-Cola system companies, Partnership for Environment Foundation and Partnership Fund.

Organizations and individuals that join the program can hope for know-how support provided by the Partnership Fund Foundation, such as workshops run by water resource protection experts. The meetings will be an opportunity to learn about forms of water environment protection, rules for developing projects and seeking subsidies as well as project execution methods and ways of accounting for subsidies received from the Fund.

The Kropla Beskidu Fund’s operational budget from 2005 to 2011 totaled 980,000 zloty. Over the period, local activists realised 73 projects.  As a total with 2012 grants financial support of Kropla Beskidu Fund 1 100 000 złoty. In the framework of the Kropla Beskidu Fund contest local volunteers executed between other the following projects: developed a small mineral water drinking facility in Tylicz, established educational pathways around historical Saint Kinga Springs in Glebokie, introduced protective measures for wetland birds at Swan Lake in Krynica Zdroj, carried out water saving measures at primary school in Krynica Zdroj coupled with pupil and adult education on water conservation, improved landscaping around Lomniczanka brook coupled with education campaigns, revitalized nature education path along Poprad River in Zegiestow, and pupils from Muszyna elaborated a documentation of nature interesting sites (including old pictures) in their neighborhood.
Selected statistic on projects realized in 2005-20011:
• creation and securing the area around 30 mineral water wells or springs,
• 2 mofettes modernized and public rendered accessible,
• renovation of 3 small water dams/ barriers,
• 148 km fortificated of river, streams' banks,
• 8 maps of water heritage flows,
• 7 green classrooms in schools,
• 16 eco-educational path,
• 6 wild dumping grounds sold off,
• 34 competitions about water topic,
• 7 500 community members engaged in projects.

Projects’ photo gallery:

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Rivers for Life

The Rivers for Life program has been run by WWF Poland with support from Coca-Cola Hellenic Poland and Coca-Cola Poland Services since 2007. The project’s key goals are to restore the natural character of Polish rivers and reintroduce the population of migrating fish, including salmon, to Vistula. Wild salmon disappeared from the upper Vistula basin in late 1960s. The population died out mainly because of the construction of a dam in Włocławek, but also due to the pollution of the Vistula and its tributaries.

Salmon restocking

Our company’s activities include contributing to the purchase of fry. A total of over 1.4m salmon fry have already been released to mountain creeks as part of the programme. Together with WWF Poland we launched more projects in the Biała Tarnowska valley aimed to revive salmon population and protect other species and habitats related to this place. Our financial contribution allowed WWF Poland to prepare and participate in complex venture, subsidized from EU funds, realized in public-private partnership, which is worth over 4m euro. The project aims at unblocking migration water stairs, revitalization of marshy meadows and strengthening rare species population. The project will help in restoration of historical range of a thick shelled river mussel which is natural water filter and water cleanliness indicator.As part of the Rivers for Life program we also supported WWF Poland in the accomplishment of a sturgeon restitution project in Polish rivers.
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Youth environmental education

EkoEdukacja.pl database is one of the education websites of Nasza Ziemia (Our Earth) Foundation aimed at teachers and other people involved in environmental education. It contains details of curriculum and extra-curriculum classes, topical presentations, descriptions and other teaching materials that can be used to raise environmental awareness in a number of areas (waste, water, air, earth, plants, animals etc.).

Documents are retrieved from the database for use in schools, kindergartens and educational organisations; they provide material for lessons, classes and programmes, many of them year-long. The database can be accessed without charge.