Rural Environmental Project

Project Summary

The global objective of the project is to improve the quality of the water of the Baltic Sea by decreasing non-point sources of nutrient pollution from agriculture. The Baltic Sea Strategic Action Plan estimates that 30-40% of the nitrogen and 10% of the phosphorous entering the Sea come from agriculture, and the eutrophic conditions they cause represent the Baltic Sea’s top priority transboundary water problem. The project will help Polish small farmers to adopt innovative waste management techniques and land use practices to reduce pollution releases. GEF funds will be used to buy down the cost of adopting these technical innovations in agricultural practices and waste management and help overcome barriers to moving from demonstration level activities to operations projects for agricultural non-point source pollution. Participating farmers will be expected to pay approximately one-third of the cost.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry, the National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management and Ministry of Agriculture and Food Economy
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
3,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
13,400,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 16,400,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
01 Jul 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
22 Jan 1999
Project closed
30 Apr 2004