Drought Prevention Plan is inconsistent with the latest scientific knowledge and does not take into account the most effective method of combating drought, which is natural retention, the Climate Coalition warned.
Climate Coalition experts emphasized that the government's project to combat and prevent the effects of drought is based on an approach to water management popular in the mid-twentieth century, the effectiveness of which has been negatively verified by numerous floods and droughts throughout Europe.
“Today we know that effective protection against the effects of drought is possible only while respecting nature, using natural retention methods. This is particularly important in Poland, primarily due to the relatively small water resources resulting from low rainfall, but also because we have destroyed many natural ecosystems that retain water and accelerated its outflow to the Baltic Sea,” prof. Zbigniew Karaczun from SGGW explained
Coalition experts have calculated that supporting agricultural techniques recommended by them to increase soil retention would allow the storage of approximately 3 billion cubic meters of water. It is all obtained using natural mechanisms of nature and with concern for preserving biodiversity.
Drought negatively affects various branches of the economy - the most striking is the increase in food prices associated with the loss or deterioration of crop quality by farmers. Losses resulting from last year's drought are estimated at PLN 2.3 billion in total.