Challenges associated with environmental protection in rural areas of Poland: Empirical studies’ results

Arkadiusz Piwowar


The paper focuses on important and topical issues of agricultural economy development withing the paradigm of sustainable development and reorientation towards a low-carbon economy. The main purpose of this study is to identify the contemporary challenges in the field of environmental protection in rural areas of Poland. Specially designed survey of a large representative sample (random sampling) of Polish agricultural producers has been used. The study is based on the results of quantitative research (questionnaire surveys) carried out among 1101 agricultural holdings and a qualitative research carried out among 24 experts (professional agri-environmental advisors). The research shows that the main challenges in the investigated material and spatial scope include low-altitude emissions and the issues associated with waste sorting. There was a significant variation in responses, taking into account the locations of agricultural holdings as well as characteristics of the respondents and farms. Independent experts indicated and assessed environmental threats in rural areas and classified the activities and implementations in the scope of pro-environmental innovation that may reduce the negative impact of agriculture on the natural environment in rural areas of Poland.
Author Arkadiusz Piwowar (E&F / DMaFE)
Arkadiusz Piwowar,,
- Department of Economics and Organization of Agri-Food Economy
Journal seriesEconomics & Sociology, [Economics and Sociology], ISSN 2071-789X, e-ISSN 2306-3459, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishlow-carbon economy, development challenges, rural areas, environmental protection, farmers' behaviors, Poland
ASJC Classification2000 General Economics, Econometrics and Finance; 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.952
Citation count*1 (2020-08-07)
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UwagaThis study was conducted and financed in the framework of the research project “The state and prospects of the development of low-carbon agriculture in Poland and the behaviour of agricultural producers”, granted by the National Science Centre in Poland, program SONATA, grant No. 2016/21/D/HS4/00087.
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