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FLAG factsheet - Latvia - Seši Krasti

Offical name: 
Biedrība “Seši krasti”
Country: 
Latvia
Region: 
Kurzeme Planning Region
Area: 
Ventspils municipality (Jūrkalne, Piltene, Užava, Vārve, Ziri and Zlēkas parishes, Piltene town)
Code: 
LV03
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The “Seši krasti” (Six Coasts) FLAG area incorporates six parishes in the Ventspils district, which is located between the Baltic Sea and the River Venta. The area attracts many tourists and an important challenge is to maintain a balance between nature conservation and economic development. The FLAG area has a 48 km coastline and although it has, traditionally, had an active fisheries sector, recreational activities are becoming more and more important. Fisheries, agriculture, wood processing and tourism are the most important economic activities. However, the area’s economic potential is being undermined by high levels of long term unemployment.

Population: 5 790                                                                                      Employment in fisheries: 56

Surface area/km²: 813                                                                            Coastal or inland: costal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 7                                             Protected areas: Twelve protected areas, the most significant of which are the Abava Valley nature park and the Užava nature reserve.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to address the need to use local resources in a more focused way, in order to diversify the activities of local fishermen. For this reason there is a significant emphasis on investment in improving the quality of public infrastructure, which is used by the fisheries sector, tourists and locals.


Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 3

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 2

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 3

Improving quality of life (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Improving access to the Baltic Sea by developing a parking area and space for mobile points-of-sale in the parish of Jurkalne;
- The reconstruction of historical buildings (in Jurkalne, a farmers and fisheries museum will be created in the renovated library house);
- The construction and equipping of a mobile trading site (as a result, a market place has been created for local farmers, fishermen as well as for amateur and folk artists)

Partnership

Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Biedrība “Seši krasti” (“Seši krasti” Association)

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: There are 15 members in the FLAG, representing municipalities, entrepreneurs, NGOs and individuals.

Links with LEADER: The Seši krasti FLAG also receives funding from the EAFRD for the implementation of Axis 4 rural development measures. For this reason, there is close cooperation between the EFF and EAFRD boards, complementing each other in promoting the development of the territory.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 40

% of fisheries actors: 30

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 30

% of environmental actors: 0


Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 15

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 10

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2, part-time

Funding

Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:                              € 774 290 (544 179.03 LVL)

EFF:                                                                                       € 580 726 (408 134.27 LVL)

Other public (national):                                                           € 193 564 (136 044.76 LVL)

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Ligita Kalnina
Other contact: 
President: Evita Roģe
Address: 
Skolas iela 4, Ventspils, Ventspils novads, LV-3601, Latvia
Email: 
evita.roge (at) ventspilsnd.lv
Telephone: 
+371 636 294 59
Languages spoken: 
Latvian, Russian, English