The Goal of POHO 2030

is to Bring Life Back into Landscapes

Affected by the Mining Industry

POHO 2030 is a transformational program aimed at the development of post-mining landscapes within

the cities of Havířov, Karviná and Orlová, launched through the initiative of the Moravian-Silesian Region along with other regional actors. The area in question, spanning sixty km2, was heavily

affected by past mining operations. Its brownfields and former mining areas offer a wide variety

of potential uses for individuals as well as investors. The project’s goal is to transform the Karviná area into

a prosperous place employing energy-efficient, carbon-free technologies and renewable energy sources.

The POHO 2030 program has now, nearly three years

after its conception, completed its first phase, which

included many significant activities. One of these was

the POHO Development project which encouraged,

among other things, companies, start-ups and

entrepreneurs to take part in the area’s transformation

by realising their plans within it. At the same time,

they would be provided with documentation and

professional support that helps expedite and adapt

their plans to the area. Another important first phase

project was POHO ‘Příležitost’ (Opportunity), which

was aimed at individuals, the public, associations and

non-profit organizations. Its goal was to raise public

awareness as well as provide an opportunity to realise

ideas and become a part of the area’s transformation.

The first phase of POHO 2030 also included

the inception of an important partnership with

the DIAMO state enterprise, and was then sealed

by the signing of a memorandum. This cooperation

sparked the creation of plans for the transformation of

three former mines: Lazy, ČSA and Darkov.

As of right now, POHO 2030 is in its second phase, which

will mainly include the preparation and realisation of key

projects. One of these is the POHO Park strategic project

at the former Gabriel mine: at the moment, a feasibility

study developer is being selected for the endeavor.

Other phase two projects include the construction

of an environmentally focused educational center at

the Doubrava chateau and intensive cooperation on

landscaping for the aforementioned mines, which are

to be then used for further business development in

the form of, for example, a modular construction aimed

at small- and mid-sized businesses with a community

service center. Nonetheless, the plan also includes

support of smaller projects and sub-activities, which can

greatly aid in the development of the area.


Marek Burian

Foto: archiv

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