Economics and Rural Development, Volume 3, Number 2

NATIONAL AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME 2004-2006 FOR POLAND: EVALUATION BY AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS, AGRIENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORS AND FARMERS

Jadwiga Ziolkowska
Humboldt University of Berlin

Abstract

the European Union (EU) is presented. Due to the short membership in the EU there are few empirical studies on agrienvironmental
measures in Poland. The aim of the paper is, thus, to reveal the importance of the National Agri-environmental
Programme 2004-2006 in Poland by means of a primary research and evaluate consequently agri-environmental measures after the
accession to the European Union. The evaluation is based on an explorative case study conducted in the voivodship Subcarpathia
including interviews with three stakeholder groups: agricultural experts, agri-environmental advisors and farmers. Based on their
estimations, different economic and ecological aspects of the implementation of agri-environmental measures as well as of the
participation in the National Agri-environmental Programme 2004-2006 are revealed and discussed. The results confirm a positive
notion of the National Agri-environmental Programme on the one hand and cautious acting of farmers resulting from the missing
experience concerning agri-environmental measures in Poland. On the other hand the findings of the study can be helpful in solving
existing problems and more effective designing of agri-environmental measures in Poland according to regional preferences with
regard to environmental protection in rural areas.

Keyword(s): Agri-environmental measures, evaluation, environmental protection, Poland


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