This study presents the results of an empirical research project on the economic structure of old-industrial regions in Central and Eastern Europe, following the example of Silesia, Poland. The prime focus of the research was to create a scientific basis for working out a strategy of sustainable development for the Voivodship (province) of Katowice. In particular, the research aimed at recognition of the economic structure of the region, identification of ecological problems connected with the structure, and investigation of the types of social problems that may arise from eventual changes in the structure. Environmental degradation of Silesia is caused by its high urbanization and industrialization and by its outdated economic structures, antiquated technologies, and negligence in building appliances for the protection of the environment. Diversification of the economy is the key step toward sustainable development. The risk of unemployment and the fear caused by it are the most difficult obstacles that have to be faced. Restructuring of the economy requires the development of completely new labor-intensive industries that will be both energy- and material-saving.

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    Intermediate Technology Publications Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Jedrzejczyk, I
    • Osthoff, I
  • Publication Date: 1998


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00768937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1853394521
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 1999 12:00AM