Geographia Polonica (2017) vol. 90, iss. 2

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Delimitation of problem areas in Poland

Przemysław Śleszyński, Jerzy Bański, Marek Degórski, Tomasz Komornicki

Geographia Polonica (2017) vol. 90, iss. 2, pp. 131-138
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0088

Abstract

The study presents the delimitation of problem areas carried out at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of PAS on behalf of the Ministry of Development of Poland (2015-2016), first and foremost to meet the practical needs of the development policy being pursued at state, regional and local government levels. The study was elaborated for the 2479 Polish communes (gminas) by reference to 21 indicators mainly concerned with the state of the natural environment and socio-economic conditions, as well as features of spatial and local development. The three categories of area ultimately identified were the natural, the social and the economic aspects, the combination of which yielded several main types of problem area. A last stage then entailed a division into regions, i.e. the designation and naming of particular geographical areas.

Keywords: problem areas, delimitation, development policy, regional policy