Fisheries Areas Network


Smart coastal areas: Resourcefulness and innovation in FLAG communities

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FARNET's 8th transnational seminar took place from 2-4 April 2019 in Bantry, Ireland. The seminar was an opportunity for FLAG managers to explore ways in which their FLAG areas can become “smarter” by doing things differently and investing in imaginative ideas to tackle existing challenges. It was also be a chance to reflect on how to work towards smarter strategies for the future.

The theme of this event was "Smart coastal areas: resourcefulness and innovation in FLAG communities". This seminar was organised at the initiative of the European Commission with the support of FLAG South, Ireland’s Sea Food Development Agency - BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of the Republic of Ireland. 

Topics covered included:

  • Smart Partnerships (creating win-win situations between different interest groups)
  • Smart Resource Use (optimising local resources and production systems)
  • Smart Financing (reaching small-scale beneficiaries: micro-credit, crowd funding, etc.)
  • Smart Services (adapting services to ensure their viability: smart harbours, connecting remote areas, etc.)

The seminar themes were addressed through a series of presentations, working groups discussions, mini-plenary sessions, a "Meet the Practioners" session and a field visit.                   



Day 1: Tuesday, 2 April 2019

from 17.30

 Welcome drink


 Warm-up activity & networking dinner

Day 2: Wednesday, 3 April 2019

08.30 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.45

“Welcome to the smart space” - interactive introduction to the event by the FSU

09.45 – 10.30

 Walls of Ideas  - grab a coffee and show what you have!

 Participants showcase their “Smart Initiatives” in a poster session.

10.30 – 11.15

 Official speeches

11.15 – 11.30

"Choose your challenge": introduction to the world café

11.30 – 13.00

 World café: “Think globally, act locally”

 World café session where challenges are discussed in the context of the 4 seminar sub-themes (Smart partnerships, Smart resource use, Smart financing, Smart services)

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 16.00

 Meet the experts - Bios

Contrast your solutions with those of other FLAGs with the guidance of a seasoned   expert:

16.00 – 16.30 

 Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00

 Meet the experts (rounds 3 & 4)


 Dinner courtesy of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

Day 3: Thursday, 4 April 2019

08.30 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.30

 Testing good smart ideas

 Presentation of the winning “smart ideas/initiatives” and reaction from the experts

09.30 – 11.15

 Meet the practitioners: Smart development hubs

 A series of discussion hubs in which smart initiatives was presented and discussed in  small groups:

  1. Functional Digital Region
  2. Credit Unions
  3. Courtmacsherry Co-operative Community Shop
  4. Partnership project with Solidarity purchasing group
  5. Hästholmen harbour development through local cooperation
  6. Emergency consultations for the fishing community
  7. Xesmar - ES
  8. Schull Bait Bins
  9. Blue Crab Control Plan
  10. Roach in Lapland: from unwanted bycatch to marketable product
  11. Grow Remote

11.15 – 12.30

 Knowledge exchange, networking and cooperation time

12.30 – 13.00

 Closing session

13.00 – 18.00

 Field trip to visit FLAG projects and other smart initiatives near Bantry

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