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FARNET Magazine n° 7 : Fisheries communities at the heart of local development

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Taking your place: FLAGs added value in the local development process

As the Axis 4 programme moves into its final phase, FLAGs have to show that their activities are making a significant impact on local people’s lives. They must also lay the foundations to enable them to play a stronger role in the future. Zoom on the Trabocchi Coast in Italy.

Report: Fishing, at the heart of the community 

The arrival of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (UK) has made it possible to convert ideas into action, for the benefit of fishermen but also the wider coastal.

Interview: Struan Stevenson MEP  

Report: From the land to the sea

On the islands of Lesvos, Lemnos and Agios Efstratios, in Greece, the FLAG is adapting to the coast, concepts that Leader has already used successfully inland.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas.

Spotlight: Making the system work for local communities - key issues for Axis 4 delivery

The ability of FLAGs to play a role in local development depends to a large extent on the way Axis 4 is implemented; in other words, on the “delivery system”.


FARNET Newsletter 2012-11

  • Positioning FLAGs for the future
  • Axis 4 in the spotlight
  • Jointly promoting the Galician coast
  • Portuguese FLAGs look to new era
  • Fresh fish project goes international
  • Promoting consumer awareness
  • State of play: 303 FLAGs, 2768 projects
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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"Positioning FLAGs for the Future: Fisheries Communities at the Heart of Local Development": Quiberon, France - 13-15th November 2012

Organised at the initiative of DG Mare of the European Commission and with the support of the French Directorate for Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture, this seminar attracted aproximately 150 Axis 4 stakeholders from around Europe and, in particular, board members of the Fisheries Local Action Groups. As FLAGs continue to gain experience in fostering local development in their areas, this transnational seminar offered an opportunity to take stock of some of the emerging results and lessons from Axis 4 and aimed to help them position themselves to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future. Given the increased prominence of Community-Led Local Development in the new EMFF and other EU funding programmes, this seminar was designed to help FLAGs get the best results out of the current period and help them prepare for the future.

Work on a series of case studies and project visits engaged participants in an analysis of what Axis 4 can offer to fisheries communities and the roles which FLAGs can and should be playing in working with others to address the challenges and opportunities facing their territories.

European Parliament hearing on Axis 4: invite your MEP’s!

Two Members of the European Parliament (Mr Chris Davies and Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher) are organizing a hearing within the European Parliament in Brussels to present the Axis 4 approach to their fellow MEPs. This hearing will take place during the lunch break of PECH Committee meeting of November 6th.

We are encouraging FLAGs, and other stakeholders, to draw the attention of their local MEP  to this event and motivate them to take part. The objective of the hearing is to inform MEPs from different committees and Member States about the Commission’s proposal for the sustainable development of fisheries areas within the future Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 17-18.09.2012

The meeting was focused on getting ready for the “double challenge” of the nearest months in the context of implementation of the EFF: getting the best results out of the present funding period while preparing to take the opportunities offered in the proposals for the future period. After the introduction and the discussion of key tasks and milestones to be completed with regard to the present and future programming periods, the results of thematic case studies carried out in 9 countries were presented; these case studies looked at the role of the FLAG in relation to the fisheries sector, to other development actors in the area and in the delivery chain. The following sessions focused on drawing lessons from the present period in order to improve the delivery systems for the future. The participants had also the opportunity to discuss how the delivery systems impact the practice on the ground, on the basis of the analysis of projects approved by the FLAGs from several countries.

News from FARNET Germany: preparing for transition

The 2nd meeting of FARNET Germany will be hosted on September 24th and 25th by the FLAG Karpfenteichregion Oberlausitz” (Saxony), enabling German FLAGs to discover and experience the diversity of the German fishing areas.

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FARNET Newsletter 2012-07

  • Time to deliver
  • Increase in Danish Axis 4 budget
  • Reviving Belgium’s langoustine fisheries
  • Breeding new life on the French coast
  • Latvian conference on development in fisheries areas
  • State of play: 262 FLAGS with approved strategies
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news
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the FARNET workshop in the OPEN DAYS 2012

LAst month FARNET Support Unit participated in the OPEN DAYS, hosting the workshop "Turning the tide: Local development in coastal and fisheries areas". This workshop, and the following networking session, was part of a series of workshops on “Community Led Local Development” (CLLD). More than forty participants took part to this event which brought the local and regional stakeholder levels closer to one another.


Report of the event 

"FLAGs: Drivers of Green Growth in European Fisheries Areas”: Olhão, Portugal - 4-6th June 2012

Cooperation, creativity and a long-term commitment to sustainability are some of the main ingredients necessary for fisheries areas to be successful in safeguarding their environmental assets, while also benefitting from opportunities in the green economy. This was one of the main conclusions of the FARNET conference, "FLAGs: Drivers of Green growth in European Fisheries Areas”, which took place in Olhão, Portugal from the 4-6 June 2012.

This event brought together around 150 participants who witnessed first-hand the interactions between local operators and the Ria Formosa, a unique ecosystem of rias and mudpans established as a national park since the 1970’s. Through a combination of working groups and case studies, participants were introduced to different ways in which FLAGs can become drivers of Green growth in EU fisheries areas.