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FLAG factsheet - Poland - Bytow Lake District

Offical name: 
Lokalna Grupa Rybacka “Pojezierze Bytowskie”
Country: 
Poland
Region: 
Pomorskie
Area: 
Bytów
Code: 
PL47
Description of the area and its main challenges

The Pojezierze Bytowskie FLAG is located in the south-western part of the Pomorskie region. The Bytow Lake District has a very varied landscape with a high number of crystal-clear lakes. More than half of the area is covered by forests. This area has been inhabited for ages by native Kaszuby people who remain to this day faithful to their tradition, including their own language and literature. The main industries of the area are the wood and metal industry. 

Population: 88 500 inhabitants Employment in fisheries: 138.78

Surface area/km²: 2 412 Coastal or inland: inland

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 36.7 Protected areas: the total protected area covers 47 608 hectares (including landscape parks of 31 704 ha, 13 204 ha of protected landscape areas, 1 664 ha of natural reserves, and 312 natural heritage sites); there are 11 Natura 2000 areas.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The main priorities include: (1) rational utilisation of local resources to increase the role of the fisheries sector in the economic development of the area (protection and improvement of environment; sustainable development of tourism, in particular related to the fisheries sector; and strengthening the fisheries character of the area including improvement of direct sales of fish products) and (2) improving the quality of life and strengthening the local identity and activity of inhabitants (creating new jobs and maintaining existing ones; developing services; improvement of social infrastructure; increasing skills and knowledge of inhabitants; promotion of the area).

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

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 3

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Supporting the direct sale of local fisheries products

- Environmental protection activities

- Promotion of the area

Partnership

Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Stowarzyszenie Lokalna Grupa Rybacka “Pojezierze Bytowskie” (Association “Pojezierze Bytowskie” FLAG)
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: municipalities of Borzytuchom, Bytow, Czarna Dabrowka, Debnica Kaszubska, Kolczyglowy, Miastko, Parchowo, Potegowo, Studzienice, Trzebielino, Tuchomie; Bytow County, Partnership of the Slupia Basin, Fish Farm Bytow (company), Aquamar.
Links with LEADER:  There are two LAGs in the area, LAG Wrzeciono and LAG Partnership of the Slupia Basin, with the latter there is close cooperation and it is one of the founding members of the FLAG
% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 30

% of fisheries actors: 52

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 18

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 83

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 23

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 7

Funding

Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: €11 100 000

EFF:    €8 300 000

Other public (national):    €2 800 000

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Gabriela Nosinska
Other contact: 
President: Andrzej Marczynski
Address: 
ul. Szkolna 4, 77-133 Tuchomie, Poland.
Email: 
biuro (at) lgrpb.pl
Telephone: 
+48 59 822 12 50
Fax: 
+48 59 822 12 59
Languages spoken: 
Polish, English, German