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FLAG factsheet - Latvia - Vidzeme

Offical name: 
Vidzemes lauku partnerība „Brasla”
Country: 
Latvia
Region: 
Vidzeme Planning Region
Area: 
Municipalities of Kocēni, Krimulda, Limbaži and Pārgauja
Code: 
LV13
Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG territory forms a coherent area and includes eleven local municipalities of the Vidzeme region. There are 37 settlements in the territory of the FLAG. There is quite active civil society with 41 different NGOs which represent local cultural and educational bodies, fisheries and aquaculture employers and agriculturists.
The goal of “Brasla” Vidzeme Rural Partnership is the promotion of sustainable territory development, giving support to initiatives of the inhabitants aimed at improving the quality of life, sustainable usage of local resources and the enhancement of environmental attractiveness.
Population: 23 098 inhabitants (01.01.2008) Employment in fisheries: In the FLAG area there are 16 aquaculture breeding farms, which employ around 30 people.
Surface area/km²: 1 386,5   Coastal or inland: inland
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 16,7 Protected areas: Natura 2000 territories: Gauja National Park, North Vidzeme biosphere reserve.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The development strategy of the "Brasla" partnership provides opportunities for local initiative groups, entrepreneurs and municipalities to propose individual solutions to the identified problems related to:- enhanced quality of life of local inhabitants;- improved access and diversification of public activities in the partnership area;- quality and accessibility of services;- providing employment opportunities and increased income for residents of the FLAG territory.

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): N/A 

Other: tourism and fisheries related activities;  infrastructure improvements in fisheries; animation of local inhabitants

Project examples and ideas

- Creation of a fishing base on the Brasla river coast

- Improvement of the Katvari lake area and establishment of recreational services

- Improvement of recreation places and angling services in the Ruckas lake

- Development of fisheries-related infrastructure and services in the Lāde lake and surrounding area

- Development of attractiveness of Kocēni municipality villages Dauguļi and Vaidava

- Development and diversification of fisheries and tourism related services along the line of Jumpravmuiža lakes near Mazezers

- Building of a fish house for fishing tourism development.

Partnership

Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: biedrība “Vidzemes lauku partnerība “Brasla” (Association “Brasla” Vidzeme Rural Partnership)
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:The FLAG board (decision-making body) consists of 12 members - three representing the local government, three fishing industry representatives and three NGOs where one member represents the interests of farmers, one is representative of the interests of young people, one – represents women interest.
Links with LEADER:Partnership has support from EAFRD for implementing 4th axis (LEADER).
% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 25
% of fisheries actors: 25
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 50
% of environmental actors: 0
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 39
Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 12
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2

Funding

Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: 213 890,03 LVL / ~304 340 EUR (including 10% running costs)
EFF: 160 417,52 LVL / ~228 255 EUR
Other public (national): 53 472,51 LVL / ~76 085 EUR

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Līga Kārkliņa
Other contact: 
President: Līga Magone
Address: 
Braslas iela 2, Straupe, Pārgaujas novads, LV- 4152, Latvia
Email: 
ligakarklina19 (at) inbox.lv
Telephone: 
+371 261 373 42
Fax: 
-
Languages spoken: 
Latvian, English, Russian.