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Does the area have to be continuous?

No, geographical continuity is not an obligation but there has to be a coherence between the different parts that make up the FLAG. This may be defined in terms of their common involvement in certain activities, certain common threats or opportunities and not necessarily in terms of physical continuity.

Experience e.g. from LEADER shows that a lack of continuity can make it extremely difficult to develop and deliver an effective strategy and partnership. So while not being an obligation, geographical continuity can be a key determinant of success.

The territories covered by FLAGs can also cut across existing municipal, provincial or regional administrative boundaries. This can make it easier to define areas which have critical mass and are coherent in economic, social or physical terms. However, once again the FLAG needs to weigh up these advantages against the additional complexity that this can create in dealing with many administrative bodies.