This first FARNET Work Plan presents the priorities and main activities of the network for the first six months of operation of the FARNET Support Unit (FSU) (1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015).
Key contextual elements for 2015 include:
Many Member States (MSs) will be developing their national procedures and legislation for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), including Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). In doing so, it is important that they take account of the lessons of the last period and look at the possibilities offered by increased coordination between funds.
During this transition period, there will be a mixture of FLAGs from the previous period FLAGs that have ceased their activities and new, inexperienced FLAGs.
Expenditure on all projects funded in the previous period must be finalized by the 31 December 2015. Some existing FLAGs and MSs are under pressure to achieve this.
Some of the more advanced countries will already be selecting FLAGs. These FLAGs will be thinking about how they adapt their partnerships and prepare their strategies to deal with the new challenges presented in the context of CLLD.
The FARNET strategy
Overview of priorities:
A needs analysis will be undertaken, to ensure that the activities of the Support Unit target the areas of greatest need and opportunity. It will as well provide a basis for developing the FARNET work plan for 2016.
Priorities linked to the transition period will also be dealt with. In some countries this will involve working with managing authorities (MAs) and intermediate bodies (IBs) to remove blockages and speed up payments before the 31 December 2015 deadline. In other countries, the focus will be on putting in place the systems that will be used for the next seven years. In this respect, specific attention will be devoted to the opportunities linked to the coordination of the different European structural and investment (ESI) funds.
Priorities for 2015:
1. To set up the FSU and ensure a smooth transition to the new period, consolidating knowledge already acquired.
2. To develop and implement a thorough needs analysis, to inform the network activities over the next seven years.
3. To support all the stakeholders involved in creating efficient and streamlined delivery systems, which allow fisheries communities to benefit from the new possibilities offered by the coordination of the different structural and investment funds.
A new direction for FLAGs
The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), job creation and the fight against poverty, climate change and the energy transition, blue growth and coastal development, and a participatory approach to local development combining different funding opportunities (multi-funding) – these are just some of the very diverse challenges and opportunities FLAGs must consider as they prepare their strategies for the next six years.
Focus: FARNET sets sail
Report on the “Sailing Towards 2020” conference
Report: A slice of the cake
Fishermen in the popular tourist destinations of Larnaca and Famagusta in Cyprus are using Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to improve their skills, and the quality of their products and services, in order to benefit more from the local tourism market.
Special insert: The FARNET Experience
A summary of local development in coastal and fisheries areas.
Report: ‘Boys ashore’
Community-led local development is a well-established practice in Hastings, England (UK). Incorporating fishermen into the process was a new departure, however, which has now been achieved thanks to Axis 4 of the EFF.
Three-way interview with Timo Halonen, Edite Kublina and José Vicente Palmero Jorro, representatives of managing authorities in Finland, Latvia and Spain respectively.
The theme of the FARNET Managing Authorities/National Networks meeting on 27-28 April 2015 was “Getting the new FLAGs off the ground”. In particular, it dealt with exchanges around capacity building tools and methods. The meeting included an update from DG Mare on the state of play with regards to the EMFF Operational Programmes and an overview of new cooperation opportunities in the future. The meeting also involved a “Tool Fair”, in which the MAs and NNs each presented a capacity building tool or activity carried out or planned in their country to support the future round of FLAGs. A further session was dedicated to designing a first national kick-off meting for the new FLAGs, making use of the information and tools presented previously at the “Tool Fair”. The participants also had the opportunity to discuss the priorities for FARNET in 2014-2020 and the type of support MAs required in the future in order to be more effective in implementing fisheries CLLD.
From over 10 000 local development projects supported by FLAGs around Europe, 200 were submitted and 42 selected for the project exhibition at the Sailing Towards 2020 event. These projects were grouped into 8 thematic clusters and presented by the project promoters and FLAG Managers in a dynamic and vibrant exhibition.
|Shortening Supply Chains|
|DE||Stand 2 - Jammerbugt boat shop|
|ES||Stand 3 - Loestamospescando.com|
|ES||Stand 4 - From fish auction to restaurant|
|PT||Stand 5 - O melhor peixe do mundo|
Adding Value Locally
|GR||Stand 7 - New markets for blue crab|
|ES||Stand 8 - Artisanal canning|
|FR||Stand 9 - Cooperative processing |
|DE||Stand 10 - Going organic|
|PT||Stand 11 - Product placement|
Enhancing the Environment
|FR||Stand 13 - Restricted fishing area|
|SE||Stand 14 - Nyköping river management|
|FI||Stand 15 - Seal-safe trap-nets|
|SE||Stand 16 - Certifying sustainability|
|PL||Stand 17 - Water quality|
Improving the Image of Fisheries
|CY||Stand 19 - Fresh seafood promotion|
|PL||Stand 20a - Fish training for chefs: Polish programme|
|BG||Stand 20b - Fish training for chefs: Bulgarian programme|
|UK||Stand 21 - Community seafood officer|
|FI||Stand 22 - Fishing video game|
Linking Fisheries with Tourism
|DK||Stand 24 – Put ‘n’ take angling|
|DE||Stand 25 - Carp tourism|
|GR||Stand 26 – Fisherman’s restaurant|
|RO||Stand 27 - Fisherman’s B&B|
|ES||Stand 28 - Millennium tuna route|
Developing new activities from fisheries
|ES||Stand 30 - Diversifying net-mending|
|PL||Stand 31 - Boat repair workshop|
|PT||Stand 32 - Sand extraction & transport|
Making Fishing Areas Attractive
|IE||Stand 34 - InisLyre slipway|
|SE||Stand 35 - Home Harbour festival|
|UK||Stand 36 - Crowdfunding Annan Harbour|
Investing in People
|UK||Stand 38 - Training courses for the young|
|ES||Stand 39a - Entrepreneurship: women role models|
|ES||Stand 39b- Entrepreneurship: EMPREAMAR|
|PT||Stand 40 - Aquaculture start-up|
This brochure has been developed for the "Sailing towards 2020" event, it highlights facts, figures and success stories from the 2007/2013 Axis4 program of the European Fisheries Fund. Stakeholders (FLAGs, Managing Authorities, project promoters) may use it as a source of inspiration for future projects; but it will also interest wider audiences, such as researchers, NGOs and/or the media wanting to know more on local development of European fisheries areas.
Find out more with the 42 project posters showcased during the Sailing Towards 2020 conference.
Designing the future
As we shift our focus to the next programming period, it is increasingly clear that new solutions and new thinking are required to address evolving challenges. Even where FLAGs have been successful in achieving their goals in the 2007-2013 period, they will still have to reassess their situation and prepare new strategies that respond to the changing external environment,the new legislative framework, and take account of their own evolving capacity and maturity as agents of local development.
Zoom: Integrating different funds in CLLD:intensive dialogue underway in Poland
Report: Small streams make great rivers
Integrated local development in coastal Alto Minho (Portugal).
Three-way interview with Frédérique Deschamps, Gala Martinez and Manuela Sampaio, FLAG managers.
Report: A good catch
Fishermen on the island of Hiiumaa, in the Estonian archipelago, have made the most of the opportunities offered by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).
Two innovative examples of boosting the effectiveness of FLAG work.
Spotlight: Improving communication and participation
Tools for FLAGs to ensure the involvement of the local community in the strategy development process.