Status and Trends of Biodiversity
Poland’s biodiversity is among the richest in Europe. This is a reflection of both favorable natural conditions (location at the centre of the continent, lack of natural barriers to the east and west, transitional climate, diverse geological structure and relief), and an influence of human activity that has taken a different route to that seen in other European countries (uneven industrialization and urbanization, retention of traditional extensive agriculture over large areas and the extent and historical persistence of forests)... More »
Number and Extent of Protected Areas
The national protected area network of Poland includes 8711 sites covering a total area of 10,175.9 thousand hectares, or 32.5% of the country’s surface area. The network is as follows: 23 national parks on 317,400 ha (1% of Poland); 1395 nature reserves on 165,200 ha (0.5% of Poland); 120 landscape parks on 2,516,900 ha (8% of Poland); 449 protected landscape areas on 7,044,500 ha (22... More »
Percentage of Forest Cover
Forest cover: 9,000,000 hectares or 28.8% of Poland.