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"FLAGs: Drivers of Green Growth in European Fisheries Areas”: Olhão, Portugal - 4-6th June 2012

Cooperation, creativity and a long-term commitment to sustainability are some of the main ingredients necessary for fisheries areas to be successful in safeguarding their environmental assets, while also benefitting from opportunities in the green economy. This was one of the main conclusions of the FARNET conference, "FLAGs: Drivers of Green growth in European Fisheries Areas”, which took place in Olhão, Portugal from the 4-6 June 2012.

This event brought together around 150 participants who witnessed first-hand the interactions between local operators and the Ria Formosa, a unique ecosystem of rias and mudpans established as a national park since the 1970’s. Through a combination of working groups and case studies, participants were introduced to different ways in which FLAGs can become drivers of Green growth in EU fisheries areas.  

 

 

Summary report

FARNET Guide #6: Green Growth in Europe’s Fisheries Areas

List of participants 

DAY 1: Monday, June 4
16.00

Registration and set up of FLAG material exhibition
National / Regional meetings

17.30 

Town tour proposed by the FLAG Sotavento and the Municipality of Olhão

19.30

Welcome dinner offered by PROMAR –introduction to local products combined with
exhibition of FLAG project posters and promotional material

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 5
09.30 – 10.45

Plenary                                                                                                                                                              

Welcome word and introduction to the area, the theme and the seminar objectives

Francisco Leal - President of the Municipality of Olhão

José Rodrigues Alexandre - Deputy coordinator of PROMAR Fisheries Operational Program

Isabelle Garzon - Head of Unit, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission  

Gilles Van de Walle  - FARNET Support Unit

Serge Gomes da Silva - FARNET Support Unit

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee break around poster /media room – « Message in a bottle »

11.15 – 12.45

WORKING GROUPS: helping the areas benefit from their environmental assets - session 1

Green innovation: SMEs and growing the local green economy. 


Producer involvement: Fishermen and aquaculture producers as key environmental actors


Matching resources & use: Understanding the components of the area and managing competing uses


Working with & within protected areas: challenges, assets and opportunities for local development. 

                                                                                                    

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch in Hotel  

13.45 – 15.15

WORKING GROUPS: helping the areas benefit from their environmental assets - session 2

15.45 - 19.30

Study visit:

Through a field trip on the Island of Culatra and project presentations, participants experienced the Ria Formosa and meet with its fisheries community. They learnt about the challenges, ideas and assets of this area, and how a FLAG can help find the right balance between social, environmental and economic welfare.

20.15

Outside dinner offered by the FLAG Sotavento

Day 3: Wednesday, June 6
09.00 – 10.30

WORKING GROUPS: FLAG environmental priorities across geographical areas                              

Working groups based on five different geographical areas enabled participants to identify and discuss:

  • environmental priorities and challenges in their geographical areas
  • share available experience and knowledge in the light of the previous WG and field trip
  • opportunities and roadmaps for launching and consolidating cooperation

Mediterranean/Black Sea  

Atlantic   Baltic   North Sea     Inland 
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10.30 – 11.00 

Coffee break around poster /media room – « Message in a bottle »

11.00 – 11.15

Plenary session - “Lighthouse session”

The floor was open to the FLAGs to report back from the Working Groups, share experience and knowledge on the
themes developed during the two days 

Overview of challenges and ideas across geographical working groups (shortly available)

11.45 - 12.15

Official conclusion and next steps for FARNET

Isabelle Garzon - Head of Unit, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission  

Paul Soto  - Team Leader of the FARNET Support Unit

Summary and conclusions (shortly available)

12.15 - 13.30

Lunch in hotel

 

  • Videos:

 
 Seminar video: "FLAGs: Drivers of Green Growth in European Fisheries Areas"

 

 

 

 Axis 4 project: Ecotourism in a protected area, FLAG Sotavento, Portugal