The Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow is a specialized scientific institution acting for the benefit of nature conservation, one of the few of its kind in Europe. The mission of the Institute is to acquire scientific knowledge for the purpose of nature conservation, document the state of threats to biodiversity, implement the results of scientific research into practice and disseminate them.
The research issues concern preservation of the diversity of flora and fauna species, ecology and protection of rare and endangered species, sustainability of natural resources use and preservation of natural processes, water biology, geo protection and so-called conservation biology and social dimension of nature protection.
The Pińczów Forest Inspectorate is a unit in the structure of the State Forests, which is the largest organization in the European Union managing forests owned the State, managing almost one third of the forested area of Poland.
In the State Forests — Pińczów Forest Inspectorate we care for the biological diversity of forests and protect them against a multitude of threats — natural disasters, insect infestations, tree diseases, forest fires, pollution, as well as the effects of poaching or vandalism. In this way, we not only care about nature, but also enable Poles to use its goods in a manner safe for them and for the forests. We also ensure that forest management, which supplies the market with a universal ecological raw material — wood, is conducted in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, taking into account all the functions that forests perform. This is confirmed, among others, by international certificates held by regional directorates of State Forests.
One of our primary tasks is to make forests accessible to everyone. The state’s supervision over the vast majority of them provides a fundamental benefit — free access to forests for all citizens.
The University of Agriculture in Kraków is a modern, public, European university, predisposed to have a special impact on the southern Poland region, specific in terms of demography and environment, as well as agrarian and forest structure. The implementation of current objectives and shaping the future of the University are made possible due to the intellectual and material potential gathered from the very beginning of its independent existence. Nurturing the generational heritage, the University of Agriculture fulfils the fundamental role of educating students and academics with respect for academic values, in the spirit of responsibility for the ideas of humanism, freedom, tolerance, respect for ethical norms and creating attitudes of openness to people, knowledge and the world. The University maintains its agricultural and forestry profile, enriched with natural, technical, economic and veterinary sciences.
Using its potential, the University of Agriculture cooperates with social and economic entities as well as state and local administration units. The academic community strives to expand and deepen international education and research cooperation with academic centers of the European Union and other countries of the world.