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"Positioning FLAGs for the Future: Fisheries Communities at the Heart of Local Development": Quiberon, France - 13-15th November 2012

Organised at the initiative of DG Mare of the European Commission and with the support of the French Directorate for Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture, this seminar attracted aproximately 150 Axis 4 stakeholders from around Europe and, in particular, board members of the Fisheries Local Action Groups. As FLAGs continue to gain experience in fostering local development in their areas, this transnational seminar offered an opportunity to take stock of some of the emerging results and lessons from Axis 4 and aimed to help them position themselves to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future. Given the increased prominence of Community-Led Local Development in the new EMFF and other EU funding programmes, this seminar was designed to help FLAGs get the best results out of the current period and help them prepare for the future.

Work on a series of case studies and project visits engaged participants in an analysis of what Axis 4 can offer to fisheries communities and the roles which FLAGs can and should be playing in working with others to address the challenges and opportunities facing their territories.

Summary report       

FARNET Guide #7: A tool in the hands of fisheries communities

List of participants  

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 13

Introduction to working groups and icebreaker activity.

Working Groups explored how FLAGs can support fisheries communities to drive sustainable development in their areas. Interactive tasks prompted reflection and discussion on the different needs and opportunities in fisheries areas and how to position FLAG effectively to address these challenges now and in the future period.

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 14
09.00 – 10.45

- Welcome (Jean Michel Belz, Mayor of Quiberon and Dominique Levieil, DG MARE, European Commission)

- Introduction to theme and methods  (FARNET)

- This is Auray : The FLAG from the Bottom-up. Presentation of the Auray territory & FLAG (Astrid Hirsch, FLAG Manager) and panel discussion by key actors: Françoise Evanno, Pays d´Auray; Hervé Jenot, Regional Shellfishing Committee of South Brittany; Olivier Le Nezet, Regional and County Fishing Committees; Isabelle Letellier, Normapêche; Gérard Le Trequesser, Morbihan County Council; Monique Danion, Brittany Region.

10.45 - 11.15

FLAG exhibition set up and coffee break

11.15 – 12.15

Working Group Session 1: Starting the voyage
Setting up the working group tasks, establishing participants´ involvement in their FLAG and in the working group.                                                                                              

12.45 – 13.45

Presentations in plenary

- The emerging Community-Led Local Development context  (Jean-Pierre Vercruysse, DG MARE) 

- What does this mean for FLAGs? Key considerations and interesting practices emerging from the FARNET FLAG case studies

  1. The role of FLAGs within fisheries governance  (Gilles van de Walle) 
  2. The role of FLAGs within broader local development  (John Grieve) 
  3. Axis 4 Delivery Mechanisms  (Urszula Budzich-Szukała) 
14.15 - 18.00

This is Auray: Project visits 

Visits to the territory and projects highlighting the role of the FLAG and its position within the local development landscape:

- Water Quality Observatory & CAP 2000 : 2 projects bringing together a range of local actors and different sectors to improve water quality.

- Territorial Planning and the Oyster Charter in Auray .

- Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Ria d´Etel 

19.15 - 22.30

Official reception, courtesy of the Pays d´Auray FLAG, with oysters offered by CRC Bretagne Sud. Dinner, courtesy of the French Directorate for Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture (DPMA). 

Day 3: Thursday, November 15
09.00 – 10.45

Working Group Session 2:  Why does our area need a FLAG? 

Session focusing on defining what are the needs for and benefits of a FLAG in your territory

11.15 – 12.45 

Working Group Session 3:  What type of FLAG we should have?

There are a range of different possibilities and governing factors, how can we design what is best for our area? 

14.00 - 15.30

Working Group Session 4: Getting our message across.

Key actions and messages to build involvement and support in the community and elsewhere to help ensure we get the type of FLAG our area needs. 

16.00 - 17.30

Group Work Finale: The FLAG of the future

Interactive presentations and debate with competition to convey strongest message and select best prototype FLAG case.

Official conclusions (Dominique Levieil, DG MARE, European Commission)


Seminar video: "Positioning FLAGs for the Future: Fisheries Communities at the Heart of Local Development"


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