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Arts and Fisheries Festival - Non Axis 4 project - IT

This arts and fisheries festival (the ICTYS project) was developed by the municipality of Ancona and promotes cooperation between the fisheries sector and the contemporary arts community in order to improve the attractiveness of the harbour area. This cooperation has led to the development of an arts and fisheries festival, bringing art into the day to day activities of the fisheries sector. 


Jobs for Injured Fishermen - FLAG Marennes-Oléron - FR

This project supported the social enterprise, “Atelier des Gens de Mer”, to facilitate the return of injured and disabled fishermen to the work place. Capitalizing on their specific skills, they are employed in fisheries and other marine related activities.


Tackling water pollution - FLAG Pays d'Auray - FR

This project supports efforts to reduce water pollution, a serious problem for local oyster producers. CAP 2000 is an association that brings together fishermen, shellfish producers and farmers with the aim of improving water quality and the overall sustainability of coastal primary activities.


Coordinating the role of fishermen in designing a Marine Protected Area - FLAG Marennes-Oléron - FR

This project supports the recruitment of a designated fisheries sector coordinator to ensure that fishermen are fully integrated into the process of developing a Marine Natural Park (MNP), both in terms of communication and decision-making.


Fishing festivals & activities - FLAG Lake Peipsi - EE

This project introduced fisheries-specific themes and activities to traditional local festivals in the Lake Peipsi region. The aim of the project was to promote the fishing heritage and products of the area through cooperation with different NGOs, local authorities and entrepreneurs. The project also took place with close involvement of the 4 Leader LAGs of the territory who offered their experience and support.


Women in Fisheries: Spain´s 2nd Annual Conference

The second annual conference of Spain´s National Network for Women in Fisheries (Malaga, 24-25 October) brought together close to 400 participants: women from around Spain (fisherwomen, net-workers, shellfish gatherers, harbour workers…) as well as national and regional administrations and a series of speakers to address the theme of female entrepreneurship.  Speeches by Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Minister for Environmental, Rural and Marine Affairs, and Alicia Villauriz, Secretary-General of Marine Affairs, both mentioned the important contribution that Axis 4 of the EFF could make to supporting women in the fisheries sector to consolidate or embark upon new economic activities. Monica Burch from the FARNET Support Unit was also among the panelists and gave a number of concrete examples of how this was happening around Europe. Spanish project promoters and FLAG Managers were also present to share their experience.  Spain has recently signed an agreement with Women´s World Banking to facilitate micro-finance and business support to women in fisheries. 

Public consultation on future EU co-financing of the Natura 2000 Network

Axis 4 provides opportunities for FLAGs to promote environmental projects dedicated to the sustainable management of resources and improving of the quality of the environment. FLAGs are therefore particularly relevant "operational units" when it comes to bringing together different stakeholders and users of coastal and marine protected areas such as those covered by the Natura 2000 network.

Prior to issuing a Communication on financing Natura 2000, foreseen for mid 2011, the European Commission has launched an online public consultation in order to gather the views of different stakeholders on the adequacy of Natura 2000 integrated financing mechanisms and identify ways to enhance their success.

The consultation is addressed to public authorities, the private sector, environmental stakeholders and interested citizens in general and will be closed on the 17th of February 2011.

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Women as key “innovators” in fisheries areas

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, highlights the role of women as “key innovators in fisheries areas, “contributing enormously to efforts to diversify and add-value to the work of fishing communities.”Addressing a hearing in the European Parliament on 1 December 2010 on "Women and the sustainable development of fisheries areas", Commissioner Damanaki emphasised that this was precisely what Axis 4 of the EFF aimed to support and she encouraged women and women's organisations “to get involved in local partnerships” and to “make use of funds to add value to local fisheries products or to start businesses in sectors such as tourism, food or renewable energy.”

Over 100,000 women are already employed in the fisheries sector in the EU, but the Commissioner warned that many women were not officially registered and their role was often confined to low grade, unskilled tasks, with limited access to decision-making. To tackle these issues, she highlighted the need for better representation of women in decision making processes, and for improved networking and exchange at local, regional, national and European level.

Sweden - Lake Vänern added to UNESCO's biosphere network

Lake Vänern is an inland area around which one of the 14 Swedish FLAGs has been set up.

Together with the nearby mount Kinekulle, the lake is now part of the second biosphere reserve opened in September 2010. This initiative was born out of the substantial work that went into the award-winning LIFE+ Nature project (LIFE02 NAT/S/008484). The United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation announced earlier in the year that it was adding the roughly 100-square-kilometre “Vänerkulle” site to its network of biosphere reserves. A statement by the UNESCO advisory committee acknowled the “importance of the site in terms of its rich biological diversity


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