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FLAG factsheet - Lithuania - Vilakauda

Offical name: 
Vilkaudos ŽRVVG
Vilakauda and Kaunas area
Districts of Alytus, Kaišiadorys, Kaunas, Trakai and Vilnius. Municipalities of Pagiriai, Marijampolis, Rūkainiai, Kalveliai, Medininkai, Lavoriškės, Bezdonys, Avižieniai, Riešė, Rudamina, Juodšiliai, Nemėžis, Nemenčinė townships, Marijampolė, Elektrėnai, Naujamiestis, Naujininkai, Vilkpėdė, Rasos
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The proximity of the Vilakauda FLAG area to important cities such as Vilnius and Kaunas has, traditionally, benefited the area. In particular, the negative effectes of changes in the population structure have been less pronounced in comparison to other Lithuanian regions. Tourism, agriculture, aqcuaculture, inland fishing and fish processing are the main economic sectors in the area. The main challenges include the lack of highly skilled professionals, a low uptake of new technologies and poorly developed local infrastructure.

Population: 779 159 Employment in fisheries: 1 800
Surface area/km²: 7 096 Coastal or inland: Inland
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 110 Protected areas: Trakai National Park and Kaunas Lagoon Regional Park

Main focus of FLAG strategy

- Modernising the local aquaculture sector;

- Increasing professional skills and expertise in the fisheries sector;

- Modernising the local, small-scale fishing sector;

- Improving the quality of life of the community.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 5
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 4
Diversification into other activities (1-5): 2

Project examples and ideas

- Training in the development of fish products, marketing, new production methods in fish-farming and new fish species;

- Training and re-skilling courses for the local workforce;

- Increasing the energy performance of local businesses.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: No.

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: The „Partnerība Daugavkrasts” and «Rēzeknes rajona kopienu partnerība» associations, The Lithuanian institute of agrarian economics, the national association of aquaculture and fish product producers, the national association of fish processors and wholesalers.
Links with LEADER: No.

% of public actors: 50
% of fisheries actors: 25
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 25
% of environmental actors: 1 person
Number of individuals/organisations in the partnership: 22
Number of individuals on the main decision-making body: 9

Number of contracted staff in the FLAG: 2.5 FTE


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: €1 333 333
EFF: €1 000 000
Other public: € 333 333
Private: € 120 000

FLAG Manager: 
Orinta Bučaitė
Other contact: 
President: Giedrius Kizalas
Konarskio str. 49-610A, Vilnius, Lithuania
vilkauda (at); info (at)
+370 5 205 6060
+370 5 205 6060
Languages spoken: 
Lithuanian, English, Russian