Gavà is one of the 36 cities that make up the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, which is the 8th most populated metropolitan region in Europe. It is a city connected by main roads, located 15 minutes from Barcelona city and close to Barcelona's port and airport.
The municipality stands out for a high ecological value landscape due to the presence of several natural spaces, among them, the Baix Llobregat’s Agricultural Park, an area has been that safeguarded for the production of fresh local food. Mainly vegetables and fruit trees are cultivated, specially asparagus in Gavà creating opportunities for the supply of zero kilometer products.
Being part of the “BioCanteens” URBACT network allows Gavà to further improve the quality of the meals served within the school canteens, reducing in the meantime the carbon footprint.
Gavà works to foster a sustainable approach to the local economic development, and will keep on working based on its own Sustainable, Accessible and Healthy Food Strategy. The Strategy aims to give greater coherence to all the actions initiated and to define a participatory planning that identifies the priority lines of the city's sustainable and healthy food policy. This translates to several local initiatives, such as the inclusion of the vision and principles of sustainable, accessible and healthy food in the different events that take place in the city, promoting fresh and quality local products.
Working food and sustainably also means taking into consideration the waste generated. Throughout its Circular Economy strategy, Gavà works to minimize the food waste and the generation of other waste related to the stages of the food production chain.
Exchanging with other cities of the URBACT network on their best practices in food strategy will boost Gavà’s political and strategic drive to develop a food strategy which reflects its social and environmental considerations.