central authorities, municipalities and private enterprises in Poland have succeeded in improving several of the country's environmental hotspots, which were identified in 1992 as part of the Baltic Sea joint comprehensive environmental action programme of the Helsinki Commission. This was revealed during a regional review meeting held in Cracow, Poland, from September 25-26, 2001.
The progress has been due to investments in municipal wastewater treatment facilities and industrial installations in the past 10 years. Overall, investments on environmental protection have increased five-fold since 1990. Surprisingly, only six per cent of the investments came from foreign sources. The rest 94 per cent originated from domestic funds, in many cases from the polluting plants themselves.
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