The Natura 2000 network in Poland covers almost 20% of the country. There are 825 SCIs (11% of country), and 145 SPAs (16% of the country). Some gaps remain in the network. Reporting of new SCIs to the European Commission is planned for September of this year. Still, 30 IBAs do not have the formal protection of an SPA.
The official government position is that the list of SPAs is already closed but the new SPAs may be designated as compensation measures. In 2011 3 new SPAs were designated to compensate the damages which took place in other SPAs.
|Conservation||up||For the majority of sites, management plans have not yet been developed or finalised. 209 (22%) sites have plans in preparation, 752 (78%) of sites do not have a plan. So far only 3 plans were officially approved. A project is on-going, aiming to prepare further 406 plans, and to adopt 370 of them by the end of 2014. However, currently it is not clear how these plans will be implemented.
There is a lack of provisions obliging specific entities (even the ones indicated in the plan) to implement the plans. The execution of conservation tasks by site managers would be limited due to insufficient financial and formal-legal possibilities.
OTOP- BirdLife Poland and the “IBA caretakers” are actively participating in the development of plans for SPAs and are especially focusing on the quality of the plans.
Via programmes co-financed by the EU about 700 milions EUR were planned for the tasks associated with the Natura2000 network over 2007-2013. At present, the EC set about planning another financial perspectives for the period 2013 -2019.
Work on a Prioritised Action Framework (PAF) is in process.In November 2011 a PAF working group was created to identify priority actions for selected species and habitats.
After analysing this data, proper priority actions will be attributed to chosen habitats and species. Work on the PAF should be finished by the end of 2012, and the negotiation process should be finished in the beginning of 2013.
 This group includes representatives of organs and institutions dealing with the conservation of nature and financing of conservation task. So far, as part of the work on the PAF, the working group is choosing habitats and species for which Poland should plan priority actions; gathering information on financing the network in the current financial perspective, gathering information about threats for the Natura 2000 network and about action taken for its protection by units being in charge. After analysing this data, proper priority actions will be attributed to chosen habitats and species.