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FLAG PT 202 - Area Metropolitana do Porto - AMP

Country: Portugal                                                                                              Region: Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMP)

Area: Matosinhos, Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim                                          Code: PT202

Operational: 2014-2020 programming period

Name of the FLAG in Portuguese: DLBC Costeira Litoral Norte da AMP

Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG area is located on the Atlantic coast in the north of Portugal and covers 12 local administrative units in three municipalities. These municipalities have traditionally had strong economic, social and cultural links with the sea (fishing, fish markets, fish processing, canning, aquatic and nautical sports and seafood restaurants) and the FLAG area is home to 25% of the registered fishermen and 11% of the fishing vessels in mainland Portugal.

The area has 13 ports and harbors, one of which is the second largest in the Country, Porto de Leixões. Leixões also has a new cruise terminal, capable of receiving large cruise liners. The cruise terminal building also hosts the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park of the Sea, which includes a Maritime Research Centre.

The main challenges facing the area include: an innovation deficit related to the processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products; a decline in the status of fishing as a career; weak and inadequate education and training programmes; fragmentation in the fisheries sector and poor institutional and business cooperation; social exclusion and the risk of poverty in fishing and coastal communities; long-term youth unemployment and underdevelopment of the area’s tourism potential.


Population: 180 726                                                Surface area [km²]: 114.10

Population Density [Inhabitants/ km²]: 1584        Coastal or inland: Coastal

Protected areas: One protected area: the coast of Vila do Conde and the ornithological reserve of Mindelo (protected landscape) 

Employment in fisheries: 2402                                Fishing:  1862

Aquaculture: 8                                                         Processing: 532

Women employed in fisheries: 567



Short summary of the FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is focused on the sustainable development of local communities, drawing on the area’s resources, its culture, traditions and its ability to innovate in areas related to the sea.

The strategy has five main goals:

1. To preserve, promote and differentiate the territory, based on the experiences it offers, linked to its culture, heritage and maritime traditions;

2. To diversify the local economy through innovative use of local resources;

3. To strengthen the competitiveness of the fisheries sector and the value chain of fisheries products;

4. To support entrepreneurship, professional employment, citizenship and inclusion;

5. To empower local governance.

Objectives Priority
(1 is low, 5 is very high) 
% of the budget
allocated to them in the strategy
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain548
Supporting diversification417
Enhancing and capitalising on environmental assets419
Promoting social well being and cultural heritage37
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development39


Project examples and ideas

  • Support to blue biotechnology projects (ex. marine cosmetics).
  • Support for projects linked to the innovative sale and marketing of fisheries products.
  • Enhancing blue tourism.
  • Support projects that enhance the social and cultural capital of local communities (sense of place, identity and community pride),
  • The preservation of cultural heritage as a tool to promote economic diversification (for example, developing recreation and tourism projects).

Calls for projects

The FLAG will have specific deadlines for submitting project proposals. The schedule will be released by the managing authority, in close cooperation with the FLAG manager.

Thematic expertise and cooperation

Areas of interest for FLAG cooperation:

- Developing innovative strategies to develop tourism linked with marine resources;

- Sharing good practices/innovations related to the processing and marketing of fisheries products;

- Strengthening institutional and business cooperation.

Members of the FLAG have experience in the management of local development programmes, including initiatives that promote partnerships between public and private entities. Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMP) is also an intermediate body for the Operational Programme Norte 2020.

Type of cooperation projects foreseen

Inter-territorial, transnational and sea basin. 

Budget available for cooperation [€]: Not defined yet


Lead partner or responsible legal entity

Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMP), an inter-municipal body (NUTS III Region) comprising 17 municipalities. AMP plays a fundamental role in encouraging cooperation between these municipalities, as well as between institutions that can catalyse wider networks that promote economic, cultural, social and environmental development in the territory.

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership

Municipalities: Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos; Câmara Municipal da Póvoa de Varzim; and Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde.

Other public entities/local administrative units:  Área Metropolitana do Porto; União de Freguesias de Perafita, Lavra e Santa Cruz do Bispo; União de Freguesias de Matosinhos e Leça da Palmeira; and Junta de Freguesia de Vila do Conde.

Universities, research centers and vocational training centres: UPTEC - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto; ESAD IDEA Associação para a Promoção da Investigação e Arte e Design; Associação de Armadores de Pesca do Norte; Associação de Apoio aos Profissionais da Pesca; FOR-MAR Centro de Formação Profissional das Pescas e do Mar. CIIMAR – Universidade do Porto; and Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Associations and NGO’s: Clube Naval Povoence; Os Delfins - Associação de Nadadores Salvadores da Póvoa de Varzim e Vila do Conde; Associação de Concessionários das Praias de Póvoa de Varzim;  Associação Empresarial da Póvoa de Varzim; Bombeiros Voluntários da Póvoa de Varzim; Associação dos Restaurantes de Matosinhos; ADEIMA- Associação para o Desenvolvimento Integrado de Matosinhos; Associação Empresarial do concelho de Matosinhos; Associação de Concessionários das Praias de Vila do Conde; Clube Fluvial Vilacondense; Associação Portuguesa de Paramiloidose; Associação Desportiva Cultura e Recreativa das Caxinas e Poça da Barca; Associação Comercial e Industrial de Vila do Conde; Associação dos Concessionários de Praia e Bares da Zona Norte; and Associação Humanitária de Matosinhos e Leça da Palmeira - Corpo de Bombeiros.

Fisheries actors/organizations: Ramirez &CA (Filhos) S.A., Fábrica de Conservas - A Poveira, S.A., Propeixe OP - Cooperativa de Produtores de Peixe do Norte, C.R.L; Associação Vila Chã Pesca; Mútua dos Pescadores; Bind’Ó Peixe – Associação Cultural; Associação Mútua dos Armadores de Pesca de Angeiras; Associação Nacional dos Industriais de Conservas de Peixe; and Docapesca- Portos e Lotas Serviços Centrais.

Private companies: Samuel & Filhos, Lda; Sicnave – Industria de Construção e Reparação Naval, Lda; Vila do Conde Kayak Clube; Barreto & Filhos, Lda; and União Construtora Naval, Lda.

% of public actors (on the decision-making body):26.19

% of fisheries actors: 35.71

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 38.10

% of environmental actors

Number of individuals/organisations in the partnership/ general assembly: 42

Number of individuals on the main decision-making body/ board: 9


Links with LEADER or other CLLD groups:

FLAG territory is the same as (or overlaps with) one or several CLLD territory/territories

DLBC Rural - GAL Litoral Rural: includes Matosinhos, Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim


FLAG shares its legal structure with a Leader LAG/CLLD group


FLAG shares certain board members with a Leader LAG/CLLD group


FLAG and LAG have a common local development strategy (with separate sections for EMFF/ EAFRD/ other ESI funds)   

FFLAG Strategy should be consistent with the Integrated Territorial Development Strategy (NUTS III level)


FLAG coordinates its work informally with nearby Leader LAG(s)


Budget information:

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020 [€]: 3 913 890

EMFF [€]: 3 142 513

Member State co-financing [€]: 771 377

Source of co-financing: Regional/ municipal/private

Multi-funding from two operational programmes: Norte 2020 (ERDF and ESF)

ESF [€]: 1 250 000 00

ERDF [€]: 750 000 00


Contact information

President/Chair, organization: Lino Ferreira

FLAG Manager: Sara Lobão

Email: slobao (at)

Telephone:  +351 22 339 20 20

Postal address: Av dos Aliados, n.º 236 1.º 4000-065 Porto

FLAG website: amp2020/dlbc

Number of contracted staff in the FLAG [FTE]

Language information: Portuguese,English, French, Spanish