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The management of waste in the city is commendable, thanks to the implementation of recycling programs and separate waste collection systems.
Gdansk's waterside location is a significant advantage. The city boasts access to the Gulf of Gdansk, three rivers, numerous streams, and their tributaries, along with retention reservoirs. Additionally, drainage canals contribute to the water system of the city. The importance of these areas has led to the creation of the Gdansk Water Policy, which aims to promote sustainable development and preserve natural values while bringing residents closer to water and enhancing flood protection measures.
Gdansk Green Policy serves as a guide for enhancing the city's greenery and making it more accessible to its residents. The policy aims to improve the quality of life for residents and adapt to climate change. The goals will be achieved through measures such as expanding the area and quality of green spaces, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing their development standards. Additionally, the policy aims to protect new areas, establish more connections between green spaces, and implement sustainable management of the buffer zone in municipal forests.
Both policies include the idea of preserving and developing blue-green belts throughout the city, which are natural links along waterways and at the intersection with the Gulf of Gdansk. These blue-green zones ensure the continuity of greenery throughout the city, promote biodiversity, enhance retention, and facilitate adequate ventilation, ultimately aiding the city's adaptation to climate change.
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Gdansk has made significant progress towards creating a more inclusive and equal society. Since 2018, the city has been working towards implementing the Model for Equal Treatment, which aims to promote equal opportunities and protection against discrimination for all residents. This initiative covers a wide range of factors, including gender, age, ethnic origin, national identity, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In addition, the city has been actively promoting the "Gdansk is the City of Equality" campaign since 2022. This campaign serves to raise awareness about the importance of equal rights and to combat hate speech and discrimination in all forms. Gdansk is a city that values diversity and strives to ensure that all residents can participate in society fully.
The city is committed to enhancing its inclusivity for people with disabilities, particularly those who are interested in experiencing the city's cultural and tourist offerings. To achieve this goal, the city is conducting audits to evaluate the accessibility level of tourist facilities and cultural institutions. What makes this initiative unique is that the audits are being carried out by people with disabilities themselves, including those with mobility, hearing, and visual impairments, as well as parents of children with disabilities. These individuals provide comprehensive feedback, from planning their visit to purchasing tickets, exploring the attractions, and shopping for souvenirs before returning home.
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Event organizers and their host facilities are encouraged by GCB to prioritize sustainable activities such as promoting the use of public transport and offering affordable event tickets, organizing programs that minimize the need for long-distance travel, decreasing plastic consumption by eliminating single-use plastics and using tap water, and advocating for technology-based solutions that reduce the need for paper in one-time event programs and printed entrance tickets.
GCB advocates for vegetarian catering using locally sourced ingredients during their organized events. Additionally, they are taking steps to measure the carbon footprint of these events, with the goal of reducing it in the future.
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During summer, it can be a challenge to avoid the seasonal crowds in the city centre. However, the city has come up with a solution by creating alternative and appealing tourist spots in the revitalized post-shipyard areas. We, as the DMO, have made it our responsibility to closely observe how tourism affects the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the community.
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Gdansk 2023 GDS-Index Report
2023 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Keeping up with the latest trends and sustainable development is our utmost priority, just as it is for city officials. We hold the well-being of both the environment and people in high regard. Although we have set ambitious goals, we recognize that we are just at the beginning of our journey. Our company has taken several steps towards sustainability, beginning with simple changes like eliminating plastic usage in accordance with the "Gdansk without Plastic" city project. We also prioritize promoting local culture through initiatives such as "Tastes of Gdansk." This project involves local restaurants recreating traditional 19th-century dishes that were once enjoyed by residents of Gdansk. During summer, it can be a challenge to avoid the seasonal crowds in the city centre. However, the city has come up with a solution by creating alternative and appealing tourist spots in the revitalized post-shipyard areas. We, as the DMO, have made it our responsibility to closely observe how tourism affects the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the community.
Gdansk has undertaken numerous initiatives to promote sustainable development. The city's focus has been on promoting eco-friendly transportation modes, such as expanding the tram network, establishing cycling infrastructure, and creating pedestrian-friendly zones. The ultimate goal is to decrease dependence on private vehicles and promote the use of public transport, walking, and cycling. It is important to mention that Gdansk has been actively expanding its network of bicycle routes, with a current total of 861.8 km of available paths. The management of waste in the city is commendable, thanks to the implementation of recycling programs and separate waste collection systems. Gdansk's waterside location is a significant advantage. The city boasts access to the Gulf of Gdansk, three rivers, numerous streams, and their tributaries, along with retention reservoirs. Additionally, drainage canals contribute to the water system of the city. The importance of these areas has led to the creation of the Gdansk Water Policy, which aims to promote sustainable development and preserve natural values while bringing residents closer to water and enhancing flood protection measures. Gdansk Green Policy serves as a guide for enhancing the city's greenery and making it more accessible to its residents. The policy aims to improve the quality of life for residents and adapt to climate change. The goals will be achieved through measures such as expanding the area and quality of green spaces, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing their development standards. Additionally, the policy aims to protect new areas, establish more connections between green spaces, and implement sustainable management of the buffer zone in municipal forests. Both policies include the idea of preserving and developing blue-green belts throughout the city, which are natural links along waterways and at the intersection with the Gulf of Gdansk. These blue-green zones ensure the continuity of greenery throughout the city, promote biodiversity, enhance retention, and facilitate adequate ventilation, ultimately aiding the city's adaptation to climate change.
The city is ideal for sustainable MICE tourism due to its favorable conditions, such as short distances between the airport and the centre, and walkable access to everything in the centre. The city is easily accessible by car, plane, as well as numerous rail and ferry connections with Scandinavian countries. The hotel base is modern and built with energy efficiency in mind. Additionally, the public transport system is well-developed, including buses, trams, and railways, supported by shared cars and scooters, along with an extensive network of bicycle routes. The city also has an efficient waste segregation system in place. Event organizers and their host facilities are encouraged by GCB to prioritize sustainable activities such as promoting the use of public transport and offering affordable event tickets, organizing programs that minimize the need for long-distance travel, decreasing plastic consumption by eliminating single-use plastics and using tap water, and advocating for technology-based solutions that reduce the need for paper in one-time event programs and printed entrance tickets. GCB advocates for vegetarian catering using locally sourced ingredients during their organized events. Additionally, they are taking steps to measure the carbon footprint of these events, with the goal of reducing it in the future.
Gdansk, without a doubt, is committed to achieving inclusive urban development to improve the quality of life for all its residents. The city is taking bold steps by investing in accessible infrastructure, revitalizing public spaces, and encouraging mixed-use development to ensure that different social groups can thrive within the city. Gdansk values its cultural heritage and works to preserve and promote it. The city supports the renovation and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and cultural facilities, ensuring their accessibility for both residents and visitors. Gdansk has made significant progress towards creating a more inclusive and equal society. Since 2018, the city has been working towards implementing the Model for Equal Treatment, which aims to promote equal opportunities and protection against discrimination for all residents. This initiative covers a wide range of factors, including gender, age, ethnic origin, national identity, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In addition, the city has been actively promoting the "Gdansk is the City of Equality" campaign since 2022. This campaign serves to raise awareness about the importance of equal rights and to combat hate speech and discrimination in all forms. Gdansk is a city that values diversity and strives to ensure that all residents can participate in society fully. The city is committed to enhancing its inclusivity for people with disabilities, particularly those who are interested in experiencing the city's cultural and tourist offerings. To achieve this goal, the city is conducting audits to evaluate the accessibility level of tourist facilities and cultural institutions. What makes this initiative unique is that the audits are being carried out by people with disabilities themselves, including those with mobility, hearing, and visual impairments, as well as parents of children with disabilities. These individuals provide comprehensive feedback, from planning their visit to purchasing tickets, exploring the attractions, and shopping for souvenirs before returning home.
Summary
Keeping up with the latest trends and sustainable development is our utmost priority, just as it is for city officials. We hold the well-being of both the environment and people in high regard. Although we have set ambitious goals, we recognize that we are just at the beginning of our journey. Our company has taken several steps towards sustainability, beginning with simple changes like eliminating plastic usage in accordance with the "Gdansk without Plastic" city project. We also prioritize promoting local culture through initiatives such as "Tastes of Gdansk." This project involves local restaurants recreating traditional 19th-century dishes that were once enjoyed by residents of Gdansk. During summer, it can be a challenge to avoid the seasonal crowds in the city centre. However, the city has come up with a solution by creating alternative and appealing tourist spots in the revitalized post-shipyard areas. We, as the DMO, have made it our responsibility to closely observe how tourism affects the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the community.
Does Gdansk Convention Bureau have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Gdansk have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Gdansk Convention Bureau report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Gdansk has undertaken numerous initiatives to promote sustainable development. The city's focus has been on promoting eco-friendly transportation modes, such as expanding the tram network, establishing cycling infrastructure, and creating pedestrian-friendly zones. The ultimate goal is to decrease dependence on private vehicles and promote the use of public transport, walking, and cycling. It is important to mention that Gdansk has been actively expanding its network of bicycle routes, with a current total of 861.8 km of available paths. The management of waste in the city is commendable, thanks to the implementation of recycling programs and separate waste collection systems. Gdansk's waterside location is a significant advantage. The city boasts access to the Gulf of Gdansk, three rivers, numerous streams, and their tributaries, along with retention reservoirs. Additionally, drainage canals contribute to the water system of the city. The importance of these areas has led to the creation of the Gdansk Water Policy, which aims to promote sustainable development and preserve natural values while bringing residents closer to water and enhancing flood protection measures. Gdansk Green Policy serves as a guide for enhancing the city's greenery and making it more accessible to its residents. The policy aims to improve the quality of life for residents and adapt to climate change. The goals will be achieved through measures such as expanding the area and quality of green spaces, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing their development standards. Additionally, the policy aims to protect new areas, establish more connections between green spaces, and implement sustainable management of the buffer zone in municipal forests. Both policies include the idea of preserving and developing blue-green belts throughout the city, which are natural links along waterways and at the intersection with the Gulf of Gdansk. These blue-green zones ensure the continuity of greenery throughout the city, promote biodiversity, enhance retention, and facilitate adequate ventilation, ultimately aiding the city's adaptation to climate change.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
405 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
The city is ideal for sustainable MICE tourism due to its favorable conditions, such as short distances between the airport and the centre, and walkable access to everything in the centre. The city is easily accessible by car, plane, as well as numerous rail and ferry connections with Scandinavian countries. The hotel base is modern and built with energy efficiency in mind. Additionally, the public transport system is well-developed, including buses, trams, and railways, supported by shared cars and scooters, along with an extensive network of bicycle routes. The city also has an efficient waste segregation system in place. Event organizers and their host facilities are encouraged by GCB to prioritize sustainable activities such as promoting the use of public transport and offering affordable event tickets, organizing programs that minimize the need for long-distance travel, decreasing plastic consumption by eliminating single-use plastics and using tap water, and advocating for technology-based solutions that reduce the need for paper in one-time event programs and printed entrance tickets. GCB advocates for vegetarian catering using locally sourced ingredients during their organized events. Additionally, they are taking steps to measure the carbon footprint of these events, with the goal of reducing it in the future.
OF HOTEL ROOMS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF VENUES SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF PCOS/DMCS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
Social
Gdansk, without a doubt, is committed to achieving inclusive urban development to improve the quality of life for all its residents. The city is taking bold steps by investing in accessible infrastructure, revitalizing public spaces, and encouraging mixed-use development to ensure that different social groups can thrive within the city. Gdansk values its cultural heritage and works to preserve and promote it. The city supports the renovation and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and cultural facilities, ensuring their accessibility for both residents and visitors. Gdansk has made significant progress towards creating a more inclusive and equal society. Since 2018, the city has been working towards implementing the Model for Equal Treatment, which aims to promote equal opportunities and protection against discrimination for all residents. This initiative covers a wide range of factors, including gender, age, ethnic origin, national identity, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In addition, the city has been actively promoting the "Gdansk is the City of Equality" campaign since 2022. This campaign serves to raise awareness about the importance of equal rights and to combat hate speech and discrimination in all forms. Gdansk is a city that values diversity and strives to ensure that all residents can participate in society fully. The city is committed to enhancing its inclusivity for people with disabilities, particularly those who are interested in experiencing the city's cultural and tourist offerings. To achieve this goal, the city is conducting audits to evaluate the accessibility level of tourist facilities and cultural institutions. What makes this initiative unique is that the audits are being carried out by people with disabilities themselves, including those with mobility, hearing, and visual impairments, as well as parents of children with disabilities. These individuals provide comprehensive feedback, from planning their visit to purchasing tickets, exploring the attractions, and shopping for souvenirs before returning home.
81
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
80
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
55
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

In 2022 the GDS-Index used 70 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

Environmental
Performance

Climate, Energy and Emissions​

Circularity and Waste​

Water​

Air Quality​

Transportation​

Biodiversity​

Social
Performance

SDG Alignment ​

Corruption​

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion​

Health, Safety and Wellness​

Accessibility ​

Resident Engagement​

Supplier
Performance

Hotels​

Airport​

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)​

Restaurants​

Venues​

Academia​

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy​

Governance and Reporting​

Policy and Certification​

Capacity Building​

Measurement, Impact and Reporting​

Marketing and Communications​

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion​

Ownership

The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA). Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood are responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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