Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia
ul. Barbary 21 a 40-053, Katowice, Silesia
Phone: +48 32 253 04 25 - Fax: +48 32 253 04 35
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Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia
Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia is a self-government unit, established in 2007. It gathers 14 municipalities, forming the area called “Silesia” Metropolis. It is the most urbanized part of Silesian region, located in the south of Poland.

The main goal of the Association is to support the member cities in development of the metropolitan area by implementing or coordinating common activates and projects. It is also focused on promotion of the economic and natural assets of “Silesia” Metropolis.

The Association doesn’t own nor manage any natural spaces but it cooperates with its member local self-governments, which are responsible for the maintenance and management of public green spaces.

The governing structure of Metropolitan Association Upper Silesia is elected every four years and consists of: the Assembly (legislative body), the Board (executive body) and the office (ca. 12 employees ) with the sections of: strategy and development, promotion, EU funds and public procurements.
Natural heritage
Despite of the industrial past of “Silesia” Metropolis natural spaces constitute over ¼ of its territory: woodlands cover ca. 23% and city parks make ca. 3 %. There is also a number of artificial water bodies – of postindustrial origin, often used for recreational purposes. In terms of legally protected places there are: 2 Nature 2000 areas, 4 natural sanctuaries, 2 Protected Landscape Areas, 5 Nature-landscape Complexes, 11 ecological areas.
Historical heritage
The area of “Silesia” Metropolis used to be the largest Polish heavy industry center. It was until economic and political transformation in 1989. Nowadays the natural and environmental conditions don’t differ from the other parts of Poland. Its’ partly a result of reclamation works undertaken since 1960s (time of the most intensive industrialization). One of such actions was a creation of Forest Protective Belt around these cities. It resulted in the improvement of environment’s quality but also in development of recreational places, some with artificial lakes or ponds being transformed from sand or clay excavation pits Some of them still exist.
Main activities
Despite of the industrial past of “Silesia” Metropolis natural spaces constitute over ¼ of its territory: woodlands cover ca. 23% and city parks make ca. 3 %. There is also a number of artificial water bodies – of postindustrial origin, often used for recreational purposes. In terms of legally protected places there are: 2 Nature 2000 areas, 4 natural sanctuaries, 2 Protected Landscape Areas, 5 Nature-landscape Complexes, 11 ecological areas.