Fisheries Areas Network


Resilient Coastal Communities: Transnational FLAG Seminar

At the initiative of DG MARE, the 13th and final FARNET transnational seminar for FLAGs took place on 16-18 November. Focused on resilient coastal communities, the seminar had two main strands. Firstly, it showcased innovative projects from the 2014-2020 period and how they have contributed to building economic, social, and environmental resilience in FLAG areas. Secondly, it offered FLAGs an opportunity to exchange and prepare for the future, with a particular focus on themes including digitalisation, social innovation, and biodiversity. Combined, the two strands of the seminar highlighted tools, both old and new, for FLAGs to adapt and prepare their local development strategies in line with future challenges and opportunities linked to the Blue Economy.

AGENDA Also available in IT, ES, PL


FARNET Guide 23: Resilient coastal communities: a guide for FLAGs



Day 1 (Tuesday 16 November)

9.30 – 10.30

Opening Plenary

11.00 – 12.30

Economic Resilience

- Keynote presentation on fostering economic resilience by Davie Philips (Cultivate, Ireland). Watch online here.

- Example of economic resilience through local products and brands from the Carp Valley FLAG, Poland

- Example of economic diversification from Hijukala FLAG, Estonia. 

- Panel discussion on factors impacting economic resilience in FLAG areas.


Day 2 (Wednesday 17 November)

9.30 – 11.00

Environmental Resilience

- Keynote presentation on environmental resilience by Sebastian Linke (Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science, University of Gothenburg). Watch online here.

- Example if factoring in sustainability at all levels from East Finland FLAG, Finland. 

- Example of reinstating natural habitats from the Stockholmsbygd FLAG, Sweden

- Panel discussion on the role of FLAGs in supporting environmental projects that make their areas more resilient to climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

11.30 – 13.00

Thematic Workshop – Supporting local energy cooperatives

Practical workshop with REScoop.eu (the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives) on how FLAGs can help their coastal areas get involved in setting up participative energy cooperatives. 


Day 3 (Thursday 18 November)

9.30 – 10.30

Social Resilience

- Keynote presentation on social resilience by Sarah Coulthard (Senior Lecturer in Marine Social Science, Newcastle University). Watch online here.

- Example of social resilence during COVID-19 crisis from Estérel-Côte d’Azur FLAG, France 

- Example social enterprise and community spaces from the LLSÆ FLAG, Denmark  

- Panel discussion on local projects are strengthening the social fabric of coastal communities and making them more resilient to change, conflict and adversity.

11.00 – 12.30

Thematic Workshop – Building resilience into future FLAG strategies

Practical workshop given by VertigoLab on how FLAGs can integrate resilience, including economic sector analysis, into their future local development strategies.

12.30 – 13.00

Conclusions and farewell session 


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