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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - South Zealand, Lolland and Falster

Offical name: 
Næstved, Vordingborg, Guldborgsund og Lolland kommuner Fiskeriaktionsgruppe (FAG)
Country: 
Denmark
Region: 
Zealand
Area: 
South Zealand, Lolland and Falster
Code: 
DK12
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG South Zealand, Lolland and Falster is situated in a predominantly rural area, with a long tradition of different kinds of fishing activities. In recent decades, however, fishing activities have declined, leading to a reduction in the fleet and, consequently, a fall in the size of the local landings. Harbours in the area vary in size and functionality. Other important sectors of the local economy include agriculture and small industries while tourism has been identified as a sector with potential for growth.
Population: 258 000 Employment in fisheries: >100
Surface area/km²: 11 548 Coastal or inland: Coastal
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 22 Protected areas: Natura 2000

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to promote “Blue Tourism” as well as the general development of the harbours and surrounding areas. It also aims to improve the living conditions of the local population, especially those living in areas that were traditionally dependent on fishing. 

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 2
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 2
Diversification into other activities (1-5): 3
Blue Tourism (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Restoring an old ferry for tourism use.
- The creation of a small shipyard for restoring old wooden boats. 
- Developing a new design for piers to prevent silting.

Partnership

Lead partner or Responsible Entity: FLAG South Zealand, Lolland and Falster. The FLAG is organised as a not-for-profit association. 
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: All inhabitants aged over 18 years can become members. The partnership consists of the municipalities of Naestved, Vordingborg, Guldborgsund and Lolland, the region of Zealand and the citizens of the FLAG area. 
Links with LEADER: The FLAG is an integrated Local Action Group, operating in a rural and fisheries area.                                                                                                                   
% of public actors: 30
% of fisheries actors: 30
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 40
% of environmental actors: 0
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: Nine out of 11 board members are elected members, while two places are reserved, in accordance with Danish Law, for various public bodies. Several members represent multiple interests.
Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 11
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 0.25 FTE 

Funding

Total public funding 2007-2013: € 2 000 000 (aprox)
EFF:
€ 1 000 000 (aprox)
Other public:
€ 1 000 000 (aprox)

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Martin Tange
Other contact: 
President: Hans Borchersen
Address: 
Ronnesholm 44, 4200 Slagelse Denmark
Email: 
fagprojekt (at) hotmail.com
Telephone: 
+ 45 511 73 959
Fax: 
-
Languages spoken: 
Danish, English