For some time now the municipal district of Poruba has met the criteria for the international Healthy Cities programme and Local Agenda 21 (LA21); currently it is attempting to move up to category C of LA21 within the rules of the Czech National Association of Healthy Cities.

The involvement of one of Ostrava’s largest municipal districts in the Healthy Cities programme and LA21 can be seen as a form of piloting, laying the foundations for the entire City of Ostrava to become involved. This approach was selected because it is well known that it is difficult for large cities in their entirety to successfully become involved in Healthy Cities and LA21 (Prague too is involved primarily via its individual municipal districts). This process was discussed and confirmed at a meeting between City representatives and the Director of the Czech National Association of Healthy Cities held as part of the WHO conference in Ostrava in June 2017.