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Diversificación

Actividades adicionales y alternativas

El “apoyo a la diversificación” es el segundo objetivo mencionado en el Eje 4 para el desarrollo sostenible de las zonas de pesca (artículo 43.2b). De manera general, pretende mejorar los vínculos entre la industria pesquera y los demás sectores económicos, más que aquellos de la cadena de suministro de la propia industria, según lo previsto en la sección anterior.

Tanto el reglamento del FEP como los FLAG tienden a abordar el tema de la diversificación de ciertas maneras bien determinadas, en general empezando por actividades estrechamente vinculadas a la industria pesquera para, posteriormente, expandirlas. Por ejemplo, muchas estrategias locales se centran en el turismo como medio de “reestructurar y reorientar” determinadas actividades económicas, como restaurantes, mercados, tiendas y actividades de ocio a nivel local, que pueden complementar y ejercer un efecto de difusión considerable en la industria pesquera local (artículo 44.1b).

Sin embargo, el reglamento también permite a los FLAG promover cualquier actividad económica, vinculada o no a la pesca, que proporcione empleo alternativo directo a los pescadores y a las mujeres (artículo 44.1c). Por último, el reglamento permite igualmente la inversión en actividades económicas alternativas que “refuercen la competitividad de las zonas de pesca” (artículo 44.1a), estén o no directamente relacionadas con la industria pesquera o proporcionen o no empleo a los pescadores.

Los dos últimos y más amplios tipos de diversificación abren la puerta a todos los sectores “de crecimiento inteligente, ecológico e inclusivo” que aparezcan recomendados en la nueva estrategia propuesta para Europa 2020. La mayoría de las inversiones realizadas en estos sectores serán productivas y requerirán cofinanciación privada, como en el caso del valor añadido a los productos pesqueros.

Con el propósito de apoyar el intercambio de buenas prácticas entre los FLAG, se analizará la diversificación en términos de nuevos sectores emergentes en las zonas de pesca, así como su vinculación con la industria pesquera, por ejemplo:

  • Turismo (incluido el turismo de pesca).
  • Productos y servicios “verdes” (incluida la protección del medio ambiente, la gestión de residuos, el ahorro de energía, las energías alternativas, etc.).
  • Servicios y trabajos sociales “blancos” (incluida la puericultura y la atención a las personas mayores, el trabajo con las escuelas, la atención sanitaria…).
  • Productos y servicios “inteligentes” (incluido el uso de la TI, las industrias creativas y culturales, el diseño y la investigación…)

Estos son ámbitos en los que los grupos LEADER tienen especial experiencia, parte de la cual puede servir de inspiración a los FLAG, y que será abordada en esta parte del sitio web.

Debido a su importancia en las estrategias de los FLAG, este tema será abordado en un seminario transnacional y en una guía técnica en 2011, con especial atención al turismo.

Axis 4 project featured in Horizon Magazine.eu

"Sea sponges could be used on an industrial scale to soak up pesticides, lead and even dangerous bacteria from Europe’s coastline."

The Axis 4 project "sponges for water quality", led by Professor Pierre Sauleau from Université Sud Bretagne (France), the CRC (Shellfish Committee) of Bretagne Sud, and supported by the Auray FLAG during the 2007-2014 Axis4 programming period, was recently selected for publication by the Horizon Magazine. It illustrates the importance of partnerships that bring research, fisheries and aquaculture professionals together and highlights the benefits of the FLAG's "bridging" role and how this can help the scientific community to focus their research on topics with real practical application.

Read the full article here.

Sailing Towards 2020: Axis 4 in Action

This brochure has been developed for the "Sailing towards 2020" event, it highlights facts, figures and success stories from the 2007/2013 Axis4 program of the European Fisheries Fund. Stakeholders (FLAGs, Managing Authorities, project promoters) may use it as a source of inspiration for future projects; but it will also interest wider audiences, such as researchers, NGOs and/or the media wanting to know more on local development of European fisheries areas.

 

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Find out more with the 42 project posters showcased during the Sailing Towards 2020 conference.

FARNET Good practices 2007-2013: language compilations

 Download the compilation of FARNET good practices and publications in the following languages:

 

French
   
German
   
Italian
   
Spanish
   
Polish
   
Portuguese

FARNET Guide #9 Fisheries and Tourism: Creating benefits for the community

 

This guide has been developed to help FLAGs that would like to strengthen the tourism activities in their areas, while also ensuring that benefits accrue to the local fisheries community. In particular, it provides guidance on three areas that FLAGs will need to think about if deciding to suppport tourism in fisheries areas: how to include fisheries-related tourism in the FLAG strategy, how to develop and support quality tourism project ideas, and how to promote fisheries areas and their specific tourism offer. The guidance is richly illustrated with tables and graphs, and there are also 15 examples from FLAG practice.

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EU funding for the tourism sector: a roadmap

The European Commission’s Directorate General “Enterprise and Industry” has just published a guide on EU funding for the tourism sector. The guide contains a short description of all the major EU Funds from which activities related to tourism can be funded, as well as some project examples that can serve as inspiration. Information about funding for fisheries areas under EMFF is included, with some project examples from FARNET. This guide may be particularly useful for FLAGs in areas where tourism is being developed. Those FLAGs might be able to advise their tourism actors on the different funding sources available to them. It is also worth visiting the website of DG Enterprise and Industry to see calls for transnational cooperation projects related to tourism. FLAGs might be in a good position to stimulate such cooperation through their network of transnational contacts.

Mistral sweet factory and café - FLAG Slowinska - PL

 The setting up of a sweet factory that uses Omega 3 acids from fish, complete with cafeteria, helped generate additional income for a fisherman and his family, as well as contributing to the touristic attractiveness of the fishing port of Ustka.

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Aquamar: a new method of water purification - FLAG Bytow Lake District - PL

FLAG technical assistance and financial support helped a creative project holder turn his idea into an innovative and profitable eco-business offering water purification services to fishermen and aquaculture farms.

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TourFish event on Food, Fisheries and Tourism

The INTERREG 2 Seas Programme Authorities and the TourFish (Tourism for Food, Inshore Fishing and Sustainability) cluster partners will be holding a European event on 23rd and 24th of June 2014 in Hastings, UK. The 2-day event will focus on how agro-food, fisheries and responsible tourism can work together to deliver new opportunities for sustainable development along the coast and in the towns and countryside in the 2 Seas area. Producers (farmers and fishers), tourism professionals and educationalists are invited to come together to share ideas and experiences of combining food, fisheries and tourism.  Click here for the programme and registration.

Women entrepreneurs in Andalusia’s fisheries areas - Andalusian FLAGs - ES

All seven Andalusian FLAGs participated in a cooperation project to foster women entrepreneurship across the region by studying the experiences of local women and promoting successful female entrepreneurs as role models to others to turn their business ideas into reality.

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