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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - LAG Djursland

Offical name: 
LAG Djursland
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG area is a former fisheries area where people were once very dependent on fishing for their main income. Tourism has now become the dominant sector and the last full-time fishermen left in the area are fighting to survive. Two main fishing harbours are still in operations: Grenaa and Bønnerup and the fish landed are mainly exported and not processed locally. The number of fishing vessel operating in the area fell from 150 in 1996 to 84 in 2007, and this is expected to have fallen again in 2010.

The coastline is mostly made up of sandy beaches – like most of the Danish coastline. This flat coastal landscape is very attractive to tourists from Norway and Germany – as well as domestic tourists. While the future of the area lies in tourism, these tourists also want to experience the atmosphere of the harbours (including the local fishing activities), which needs to be preserved.

Part of the FLAG area was recently designated as a national park (the second in Denmark), and this has resulted in a lot of discussion between the owners of the land (farmers mainly) and the municipalities, who want to promote tourism. Renewable energies are also attracting considerable attention in the area, including on and off-shore wind energy production and the production of bioethanol.

Population: 78 000                                                           Employment in fisheries: 110

Surface area/km²: 1 400                                                 Coastal or inland: coastal

Population density / inhabitants / km²: 55                    Protected areas: none

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The main goals of the strategy are: 

1. To attract new inhabitants to the fisheries areas and create new job opportunities (e.g. in tourism); 

2. To develop new ways of using the sea - e.g. off-shore wind energy, the production of biofuel from seaweed; 

3. To develop tourism linked to fishing and the fishing culture;

4. To focus on the branding of local food - selling some fish locally instead of exporting everything.            

Environmental management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 4        

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1 - 5): 2                     

Diversification into other activities (1 - 5): 4                                                                

Other :

Project examples and ideas
- Developing the cultivation of mussels and sea weed 
- Branding of locally produced food - including fish

Lead Partner or Responsible Legal Entity:  An integrated LAG/FLAG with one board of directors whose membership is drawn from the following three groups: Citizens, NGO's, and local business interests.

To support the fisheries actors on the board, a "support unit" for fisheries actors is being established. This consists of representatives from, for example, the local harbours who are called in when necessary.

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership: The two municipalities and the county.                                             

Links with LEADER:    Integrated LAG/FLAG.                                                                                                

% of public actors: 30                                                           

% of fishery sector actors: 20                                   

% of non-fisheries private / NGO sector actors: 50     

% of environmental actors: 0                                       

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 165

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 19

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1


Total public funding 2007-2013 :  € 1 000 000

EFF :  € 300 000

Other public funding : Varies from year to year - depending on the economy of the municipalities and the county - in 2009 it was € 100 000 for one particular project.

Private: Depends on the type of project - we can grant up to 40% (60% for NGO-projects) and often, the projectholder has to find the rest themselves.          

FLAG Manager: 
Karen Just
Other contact: 
President: Niels Mors
Føllevej 5, 8410 Rønde Denmark
koordinator ( at )
+45 8639 6001
Languages spoken: 
Scandinavian, English, (Spanish)