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FLAG factsheet - France - Groupe FEP Corse

Offical name: 
Groupe Régional de Développement Durable FEP, Corse
Country: 
France
Region: 
Corsica
Area: 
Corsica
Code: 
FR11
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Corsica is a mountain island of rich natural heritage and resources. Tourism is one of the key sectors of its economy while small scale fishing plays a strong role in the island´s identity. The FLAG´s main objective is to support this sector through diversification of economic activities in order to maintain decent income level without endangering fish stocks.

Population : 294 000inhabitants                                                 Employment in fisheries: 300 

Surface areas/km²: 8 722km²                                                  Coastal or inland: coastal 

Population density / Inhabitants/km²: 32 (all Corsica), 272 (only coast)     

Protected areas: 83 500 hectares distributed in 6 natural reserves

 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

- Develop pluri-activities towards tourism and build links with tourist operators and communities;

- Valorise production (image of fishing products, links between cooking traditions and traditional agro-food products);

- Support initiatives that bring fishermen and different actors from the environment sector together.

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

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1 - 5) : 3

Diversification into other activities (1 - 5) :5

Project examples and ideas

- Diversify the income sources of fishermen (ecotourism, etc.)

- Improve marketing for fishery products (collective brands, communication)

- Production of a guide on Corsican fishing

- Re-building the link between the sea and the land

- Protection of the environment in fishing areas

Partnership

Lead Partner / Responsible Legal Entity :  Groupe Régional de Développement Durable FEP (GRDD FEP) – EFF Regional Sustainable Development Group.

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership : The Environment Agency of Corsica (which is responsible for the secretariat of the FLAG), the prud’homies (fishing organisations), the regional maritime fishing and marine fish breeding committee of Corsica, an association set up to develop a Public Interest Group for the promotion of Corsican agro-food products, IFREMER (French Research Institute for Sea Exploitation), STARESO (Oceanographic and submarine Research Station) as well as other actors such as local public structures, the Agency for the Protected Marine Areas and the Tourism Agency.  

Links with LEADER : Currently no link with the 3 coastal Leader areas

% of public actors : 11

% of fisheries sector actors : 56

% of non-fisheries sector private actors / NGOs : 11

% of environmental actors : 22

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 20 (approx)

Number of individuals on main decision-making body : 9

Number of contracted staff in FLAG : 3 part-time people, representing one full time equivalent, employed by the Environment Agency of Corsica.

Funding

Total public funding 2007-2013 : €265 000

EFF : € 122 500

National and local public funding : € 142 500 (regional)

Private : €           0

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Francois Arrighi
Other contact: 
President: Gérard Romiti
Address: 
Secrétariat du GRDD FEP, Office de l’Environnement de la Corse, Département Ecosystèmes Marins, U Ricantu, Route de Campo Dell’Oro, BP 60 933, 20700 AJACCIO Cedex 9, Corsica.
Email: 
Francois.Arrighi (at) oec.fr
Telephone: 
+33 4 75 50 85 52
Fax: 
+33 4 95 10 53 47
Languages spoken: 
French