GB No. 1(20)/96


Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) is a non-governmental organisation established as a foundation which is to promote, develop and implement principles and methods of sustainable development. The institute was set up in September 1991, by some memmbers of the Polish Ecological Club who have been professionally involved in environmental issues for many years, namely:

The founders appointed the Foundation Managing Board which manages the day to day activities of ISD and the Foundation Council which is responsible for initiating, reviewing and evaluation of the Institute's policies and Managing Board's performance. A number of leading scholars and experts, as well as environmentalists from Poland and other countries are members of the Foundation Council.

ISD employs an interdisciplinary staff of professionals, mainly geographers and economists that maintain broad contacts with both domestic and foreign experts and institutions.

Setting up of the first independent organization in Poland that analyses relations between economic, legislative and social changes versus environmental issues, was feasible thanks to resources contributed by several American foundations: the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (since 1995 also the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation).

The Institute for Sustainable Development focuses its activities on economic, legislative, social and political issues. The Institute maintains close working relations with the Parliament and Governmental agencies (mainly with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry) and with local government authorities. In this field, ISD is a unique organization in Poland.

ISD pursues its goal and objectives by way of influencing political and economic decisions (mainly long-term), applying international expertise on sustainable development as well as institutional models in Poland, and through an environmental education and training.

The Institute also initiates and fosters collaboration of other groups, such as community organizations and movements, local govermnent institutions and authorities, governmental agencies and industry associations. Such linkages are formed to solve environmental problems related to the social and economic development. The Institute's major responsibilities are:

Of the most significant achievements of ISD's last year projects the following should be noted:

A training workshop has also been organized recently -jointly with the Polish Ecological Club - for environmental groups. It had been designed as a forum where ISD experts shared their expertise and practical experience gained on the occasion of their research work with representatives of local environmental movements. Reports published by the Institute were used as resource materials. The workshop may be a useful tool to strengthen the position of environmental groups in their local communities. This may increase their participation in environmental decision making. Training was also held together with Gaja Club and Greens Federation trainers to develop a more effective model of future projects to be jointly carried out by environmental groups and expert groups.

Currently the Institute, among other things, is working on:

The Institute for Sustainable Development publishes outcomes of its research projects in its reports and bulletins, as well as cooperates with media. It also organizes round table discussions to address a wide range of environmental issues. The latest meeting discussed the right to environmental information. It was attended by legal professionals, environmentalists and media representatives.

Institute for Sustainable Development
Łowicka 31
02-502 Warszawa
tel.: 48/22/252558
fax: 48/22/253461




  • Between Fear and Activity - Environmental Consciousness, Tadeusz Burger (in Polish) - Report 1/92


  • Ownership Transformations in Industry vs. Environmental Protection, Wojciech Stodulski, Grażyna Starczewska (in Polish and English) - Report 1/93
  • Ownership Transformations in Industry vs. Environmental Protection - short version, Wojciech Stodulski, Grażyna Starczewska (in Polish) - Report 1/93
  • Commune as a Subject of Policy of Sustainable Development - version for Local Government, Ewa Borkowska (in Polish) - Report 2/93
  • Commune as a Subject of Policy of Sustainable Development - version for MP's and Representatives of Central State Administration, Ewa Borkowska (in Polish) - Report 2/93
  • Ownership Transformations in Industry vs. Environmental Protection - short version, Wojciech Stodulski, Grażyna Starczewska (in English) - Report 3/93
  • Policy of Air Protection in Poland, part I and part II, Zbigniew Karaczun (in Polish and English) - Reports 4/93 and 5/93
  • How to Cooperate with Local Government for Sustainable Development, Ewa Borkowska, Krzysztof Kamieniecki (in Polish) - Report 6/93
  • Environmental Problems as Seen by the Press, Katarzyna ˝aczkiewicz-Zborska (in Polish) - Report 7/93


  • Social Consciousness: "Not in My Backyard" Tadeusz Burger, Andrzej Sadowski (in Polish) - Report 1/94
  • Problems of Sustainable Development Tourism in Poland, Jolanta Kamieniecka, Ewa Borkowska (in Polish) - Report 2/94
  • The Case of Banking and the Environment in Poland, Wojciech Stodulski (in English and Polish) - Reports 3/94 and 4/94
  • Policy of Air Protection in Poland, part III, Zbigniew Karaczun (in Polish and English) - Reports 5/94 and 6/94


  • Ecological Round Table - after the three years, (in Polish), 1993 - Bulletin no. 1
  • Environmental Protection and New Constitution of the Republic of Poland, (in Polish),1993 - Bulletin no. 2
  • The Right to Information,(in Polish), 1994 - Bulletin no. 3


  • Water Management World Bank Policy, Jacek Drewnowski (in Polish), 1994 - Paper 1/94
  • Commune as a Subject of Policy of Sustainable Development, Ewa Borkowska, (in English), 1994 - Paper 2/94
  • How to Write about Environmental Protection Nowadays? - discussion report (in Polish), 1994 - Paper 3/94
  • The Role of Banks in the Field of Environmental Protection in Poland, Wojciech Stodulski (in Polish), 1994 - Paper 4/94

Special publications:

  • Sustainable Development for Poland. Report by Polish Environmental NGOs "Brazil '92" (in Polish and English)
  • Green Lungs of Europe - Master Plan, Jolanta Kamieniecka (in English, Polish and Russian), 1993 (printed by Ministry of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry)
  • Poland's Path to Sustainable Development: 1989-1993 - together with Hubert H.Humphrey Institute of Public Affers University of Minnesota, 1994 (in English)

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