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Why do we need an Axis 4?

Coastal areas cover 40% of the EU territory and contain 43% of its population. This includes some of Europe’s most competitive centres of economic growth as well as sought after locations for new leisure and residential developments. Such activities place enormous pressures on the natural environment and on traditional activities like fishing.

More remote coastal areas and other areas (including lakes, ponds and river estuaries) that are heavily dependent on fishing also face significant challenges. Restructuring in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, developments on world markets, dwindling fisheries resources and the need to exploit natural resources and the environment in a sustainable manner are all increasingly impacting on the viability of communities in these areas.