Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia

ul. Barbary 21A, 40-053 Katowice
tel. +48 32 718 07 42
fax +48 32 718 07 99
e-mail: rw@metropoliagzm.pl

Primary METREX contacts

Natalia Puchała
Head of Division of International Cooperation, Socio-Economic Development and Cooperation Department

Major projects

  • Spatial Planning
    The GZM area is a polycentric structure (with highly urbanized core part consisting of several municipalities as well as surrounding towns and villages with lower development density). This differs GZM from other metropolitan areas in Poland. Integrated spatial and strategic planning is a tool to manage the process of metropolization and sustainable development of the area – focused on constant improvement of the quality of life, strengthening its spatial and socio-economic cohesion. Common spatial policy at the metropolitan level is based on the “model of the spatial and functional structure”, which is a part of the strategic document.
    Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/planowanie-przestrzenne/

  • Public transport
    Every day, more than 1,500 public transport vehicles, with approximately 6,700 stops, take to the streets of the Metropolis. Each year, they cover over 100 million kilometres, which means they could circle the equator 2,500 times! An efficient public transport system is the biggest challenge that the metropolitan areas face. That is why, from the very beginning of GZM’s operation, it has been undertaking activities aimed at creating such a transportation system, where public transport will be a real alternative to cars. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/transport/

  • Sustainable mobility
    GZM has created the “Mobile Metropolis” team which, together with experts in urban planning, transport, economics and sociology, is looking for innovative solutions leading to a reduction in the share of individual car transport and increasing the energy efficiency of daily travel. To this end, GZM is working on a new sustainable mobility plan. Furthermore, it is participating in discussions on electric vehicles and hydrogen powered transport. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/zrownowazona-mobilnosc/

  • Metropolitan Railway
    In the future, rail transport is planned to be the backbone of the entire public transport system in GZM. This requires the establishment of the Metropolitan Railway. The first stage of its construction is a concept developed by experts from the Silesian University of Technology. It covered four stages of rail development – from the basic to the most developed, the cost of which was estimated at over PLN 16 billion. The implementation of the entire project is scheduled for 2019-2039. Each subsequent stage of the project contains all the solutions indicated in the previous stages and additional solutions. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/kolej-metropolitalna/

  • Metropolitan Bicycle
    The Metropolitan Bicycle is a public bicycle hire scheme which will be created in the cities and municipalities forming GZM. Ultimately, it is supposed to be one of the largest schemes of this kind in Europe. The goal of the Metropolitan Bicycle will be to improve the quality of life of the residents, who will gain wide access to a healthy and environmentally-friendly means of transport. Thus, GZM also wants to change the mobility habits, proving to everyone that city bicycles are a much more efficient means of transport for short and medium distances, than individual cars. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/rower-metropolitalny/

  • Drones
    Filming and taking photos is a well-known, though only a small part of the possibilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The popular drones can also provide various types of services for residents, incorporating visions straight from sci-fi cinema. We want to be the first in Europe to make these visions come true. The CEDD – Central European Drone Demonstrator – initiative helps us make it happen. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/drony/

  • Purchasing clusters
    Even the biggest city is not capable of achieving as much as the synergy of 41 local governments. And it is the cooperation that empowers and strengthens GZM. That is why is has set up a cluster which jointly purchases electricity and gas for several hundred entities! This enables GZM to negotiate more favourable rates than an individual municipality would have on its own. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/grupa-zakupowa/

  • Solidarity Fund
    The Solidarity Fund is Poland’s truly unique mechanism. The member communes of GZM support each other, in order to level their potentials and bridge the gap in social and economic development. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/fundusz-solidarnosci/

  • Drought prevention
    As many other places in Poland, cities and municipalities of GZM must face the challenges of adapting to the changing climate. One of the key challenges is the rainwater management. The most effective action is to manage rainwater where it actually falls. The safest and cheapest is to think smart about our surroundings Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/program-ograniczania-niskiej-emisji-2/

  • International Cooperation
    GZM is Poland’s first formally established metropolis. As a pioneer in its country, GZM is paving the way that no Polish local government had ever taken before. Fortunately, GZM exchanges experience with global metropolitan areas. Participation in international initiatives builds GZM’s growth path with a goal to improve the quality of life of its residents. Read more at https://metropoliagzm.pl/en/wspolpraca-miedzynarodowa/