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FLAG factsheet - Latvia - Liepaja District Partnership

Offical name: 
Liepājas rajona partnerība
Kurzeme Planning Region
Aizpute municipality, Durbe municipality, Grobiņa municipality, Nīca municipality, Pāvilosta municipality, Priekule municipality, Rucava municipality, Vaiņode municipality
Description of the area and its main challenges

The Liepaja District Partnership area is located in the southwestern part of Latvia and is the largest FLAG by its territory. It has a common border with Lithuania. Liepaja region has direct access to the Baltic Sea with a coastal length of more than 100 km. Liepaja District Partnership is characterized by traditional open sea, coastal and inland water fisheries, as well as by small scale local fish processing and supplying production of evolving aquaculture enterprises to the local market.

Population: 43 306 inhabitants (2010)          Employment in fisheries: Number of full time employees in fishery enterprises located in Liepaja District Partnership territory includes:
- coastal fisheries – 20;
- inland fisheries – 28;
- fish processing – 60;
- aquaculture – 15.
About 100 people live in the FLAG area (which does not include Liepaja city), but work in fishery enterprises in Liepaja city.

Surface area/km²: 3594                                   Coastal or inland: costal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 12,1    Protected areas: 21 protected areas, which include:

Strict Nature Reserves: Blažģa Lake, Tebra Oak Forests, Meadows of Durbe Lake, Brienamais Swamp, Gavieze Mistletoes, Liepaja Lake, Medze, Tāšu Lake, Tosmare, Ječi Swamp, Nīca Yew Grove, Rucava Yew Grove, Pāvilosta Gray Dunes, Sakas Grini Strict Nature Reserve, Ziemupe, Valley of Roņupe, Dunika, Ķirba Swamp, Valley of Sventāja River.
Grīņi Nature Reserve.
Nature Monuments: Springs of Dzērvenes Bērziņi, Graviņas.
Nature Parks: Bernāti, Pape, Embūte.
Nida – Perkone protected marine area.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy in the Liepaja District Partnership area is determined by a very diverse range of water resources (coastal, large lakes and rivers), relatively abundant fish stocks in the sea and inland waters, developed aquaculture and fish processing, a long fishing tradition, a favorable geographical position, small harbors and docks, land and sea transport corridors, and the presence of socially active fishery associations (5) in the region.

The FLAG promotes sound management of public water, balanced commercial fishing and angling, fish processing and fish farming. Development of local production and fisheries services for our coastal region can be regarded as one of the priorities which will enable the people involved in them to stay in their native areas. Operations of our FLAG will promote the implementation of innovative projects in various fishery economic activities, and will help to restore the ancient fishing village (such as we have now - Jūrmalciems, Pape.). The creation of new jobs has already been initiated in the area, as well as promoting entrepreneurship in the fisheries sector. We believe that in addition to the EFF, other funds and the inhabitants’ co-responsibility will be the driving force of the area’s development.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 4

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 4

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 4

Other: raising of other funds.

Project examples and ideas

Activity – Revitalization and development of territories involved in fisheries activities (villages)

Improving access to Akmensrags.
Project concept: the road leading to Akmensrags (the West Point of Latvia) and the Baltic Sea will be improved to benefit anglers, coastal fishermen and local people who will go to the sea and back to the Liepaja-Ventspils road.

Improving fishing and angling opportunities in the Durbe lake.
Project concept: Improving access, improving the coastal area and preserving the lake’s environment

Creation of a footpath and improvement of the coast of Grobiņa water reservoir.
Project concept: Diversification of leisure activities, cleaning-up the municipal coast, development of new active lifestyle activities and services.

Activity - Fisheries and tourism related small-scale infrastructure and service development

Improvement of the Tasu lake boat-base.
Project concept: Development of services for angling and licensed commercial fishing in the Tasu lake. Security improvements. Small-scale infrastructure development. Boat rental and construction of observation tower.

Improvement of Prusi water reservoir area for the promotion of tourism and diversification of services in Priekule municipality.
Project concept: Improvement of municipal water coastal areas. Development of fisheries-related services and infrastructure. Creation of a place for fish preparation. Improving access for people with special needs.

Improvement of public access point and promotion of tourism development at Durbe lake.
Project concept: Purchase of coastal care equipment, bicycles. Target groups: anglers and guests.

Building an active tourism center - Curonian Viking settlement.
Project concept: Improvement of municipal waters. Renewal of a historical cultural site - an innovative Curonian Viking settlement – and making links to fisheries, angling tourism development, and active promotion of water tourism. Boat rental.

Purchase of fixed assets for the development of water tourism and fisheries in Pape lake.
Project concept: Public activities for the reduction of Pape lake overgrowing, promotion of angling and fishing opportunities. Improvement of fish spawning and feeding places.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Liepājas rajona partnerība (Liepaja District Partnership)

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:
The FLAG board (decision-making body) consists of 6 members. The most active participants are associations linked to public water management: Liepaja Lake District Fishermen's Federation, Latvian Fishermen Federation, Vērgale Fishermen's Association. Also active are Aizpute, Durbe, Grobiņa, Nīca and Pāvilosta municipalities, 8 fishing companies. There is interest in the activities of FLAG from coastal and open sea fishing companies.

Links with LEADER:
Liepaja District Partnership has support from EAFRD for implementing 4th axis and therefore there is an EFF board and EAFRD board that closely cooperate. The Liepaja District Partnership has a common strategy for reaching common goals working in parallel with the support of the two funds.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 17%

% of fisheries actors: 33%

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 50%

% of environmental actors: 33%

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 73

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 6

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1



Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:          570 000 EUR (including 10% running costs)

EFF:                                                                   427 500 EUR

Other public (national):                                    142 500 EUR

FLAG Manager: 
Inita Ate, Ligita Laipeniece
Other contact: 
President: Anda Veidele
Krasta iela 12 (, Grobiņa, Grobiņas novads, LV-3430, LATVIA
ligita.laipeniece (at) , inita.ate (at)
+371 634 918 06, +371 292 683 11
+371 634 918 06
Languages spoken: 
Latvian, Russian, English, German