REC Poland and Kampinos National Park have been nominated for the prestigious Polish Innovation Award 2015. Both institutions were singled out as among the most cutting-edge and innovative entities on the Polish market on the merit of their involvement in the project "Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in Kampinos National Park". The project, which began in 2013, is being implemented with funding from the LIFE Programme (the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects) and Poland's National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. The nomination is a clear acknowledgement of the importance and success of the work carried out to date.
The Polish Innovation Award is part of a programme to reward entities that excel in the field of innovative research and development. Now being presented for the third straight year, the awards will be distributed during the annual Polish Entrepreneurship Congress. The awards were initiated by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and this year are sponsored by the magazines Gazeta Myborcza and Dziennik Gazety Prawnej. The winner will be named in autumn 2015.
The aims of the Kampinos wetlands project are to preserve and restore wetlands and moist habitats in the Kampinos National Park, which is part of the Natura 2000 network, and to reduce conflicts between social development and nature protection goals.
The partners implementing the project are the Kampinos National Park, the Polish Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, REC Poland and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The project runs until 2018 and has a budget of EUR 4.3 million.