Cooperating with local groups from other territories can allow FLAGs to find the complementarities or critical mass to increase the impacts of their actions. This can take place among neighbouring FLAGs, for example in order to protect or promote a common resource; at national level, for example, around a common theme, such as pesca-tourism, which might imply a new market activity and potentially the modification of national legislation; or at transnational level, to address common, often basin-wide, challenges.
By working with actors from other areas, FLAGs can lever in additional ideas and expertise to a project and increase their capacity to react to trends that go beyond the local level. Cooperation might involve the development of a common activity or product or focus on the exchange of experience or transfer of knowledge from one area to another. FLAGs may implement cooperation projects themselves or support a relevant local organisation to do so.
EU legislation for the 2014-2020 period (CPR Art 32, 34 and 35 and EMFF Art 64) makes provisions for FLAGs to cooperate across Europe and also with countries outside the EU. Moreover, as well as cooperating with other fisheries areas, FLAGs can seek synergies and cooperation with rural and urban areas by cooperating with other CLLD groups, such as LEADER LAGs but also with non-EU funded groups, provided they implement CLLD-type strategies through similar bottom-up public-private partnerships. This offers an ocean of opportunities for local stakeholders.
This FARNET cooperation table offers a brief overview of how cooperation is being organised in the different MS implementing CLLD under the EMFF, including potential partners, expected timetables for presenting projects and any Member State specificities regarding cooperation. See more details by Member State: BG - DE - DK - EE - FI - FR - GR - IE - PL - SE - SI - UK.
Support for cooperation
However, cooperation, especially when transnational, can be challenging for various reasons, including physical distance and language barriers, but also due to different rules and procedures sometimes put in place at national or regional level. The FARNET Support Unit team is available to help FLAGs develop ideas, find relevant partners and put ideas into practice through support to specific projects. If you need help to put cooperation ideas into practice, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you already have a project idea you would like us to promote, download the cooperation idea template below and return it to email@example.com.
You can also search for cooperation partners among the cooperation ideas proposed by FARNET FLAGs (see articles below) or by LEADER LAGs. Alternatively, you can browse the FLAG factsheets to identify potential partners, searching for those working on specific themes, or type “cooperation” in the Search box.
ITINERAMED would like to enlarge its project other countries and other Mediterranean cities who have a true culinary tradition based on fish. The ambitious project entitled "Mediterranean Routes of taste" was born from the firm belief that discovering a territory is a process that must necessarily pass through the rediscovery of tastes and traditions of that region. The project currently encompasses 3 continents, 6 nations, 36 cities.
The North Sardinia FLAG wishes to cooperate with FLAGs concerned with new start-up models led by young people, fishermen’s relatives or young people leaving secondary schools who want to create self-employment opportunities. The FLAG has experience in cooperative enterprise management and professional needs analysis. Proposed actions include training on the job for new sea workers, involving fishermen in training and building new companies; testing multifunctional companies (fishing, tourism, education). The objectives of such initiatives would be to build new job models in fisheries; boost fishermen´s income; safeguard fishermen’s professional heritage and set up multifunctional companies in fishing areas.
The KAVALA FLAG from Greece aims to encourage private investment in processing fisheries and aquaculture products (FAPs), highlighting the new opportunities and markets. We are searching for transnational partners who are interested in promoting such investments and can show good practices and innovation in the field of processing fisheries and aquaculture products. The FLAG is open to cooperate on market research on FAPs and studies on FAP businesses.
The Central Finland FLAG is looking for solutions to grade, scale and gut cyprinid fish, mainly roach. The area has large stocks of cyprinids and a rising market for them and, as such, the FLAG is looking for cost-effective handling facilities to increase their consumption. Indeed, in many Finnish lakes, the large cyprinid stocks are negatively affecting the water quality, so utilizing them will also bring environmental benefits. The objective of a cooperation project would be to utilize cyprinids for human consumption. Proposed actions include bench-marking or developing cost-effective processing machinery.
The Bothhian Sea and Lake Pyhäjärvi FLAG from the south of Finland is open to cooperation ideas. The FLAG has long-term experience in lake fisheries and in the development of fisheries with a strong link to water quality management. They are looking to cooperate around projects linked to inland fisheries for the development and fishstock assessment, new products and new ways of processing fish and adding value to inland fish (promotion, R&D etc.).
The Mariña Ortegal FLAG from Galicia, Spain, is open to cooperation ideas from around Europe. In particular, it is interested in cooperation on projects related to adding value to fisheries projects through processing and marketing, as well as projects to diversify the local economy by promoting marine tourism and cultural heritage as part of a strategy for distinct, quality tourism.
Cooperating with local groups from other territories can allow FLAGs to find the complementarities or critical mass to increase the impacts of their actions. This can take place among neighbouring FLAGs, for example in order to protect or promote a common resource; at national level, for example, around a common theme, such as pesca-tourism, which might imply a new market activity and potentially the modification of national legislation; or at transnational level, to address common, often basin-wide, challenges. By working with actors from other areas, FLAGs can lever in additional ideas and expertise to a project and increase their capacity to react to trends that go beyond the local level.
This page aims to provide ideas and information to help foster cooperation in the 2014-2020 programming period.
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The transnational cooperation idea, ‘wetland life”, aims to bring together areas with lagoons or lakes, deltas, estuaries and rivers protected by the Ramsar Treaty or NATURA 2000 directivein order to promote the protected areas through activities that will form the basis of a quality tourism offer.
Activities might include developing a guide to these areas, documentingthe fisheries activities present and training guides onalternative tourism activities that take place in the areas involved.