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FLAG Factsheet

Aitoliki FLAG

Official name: 
ΑΙΤΩΛΙΚΗ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΙΑΚΗ Α.Ε. ΟΤΑ
Country:
Code: 
GR214
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area consists of a combination of mountainous and coastal landscapes. It possesses Greece’s largest lagoon (the Messolonghi lagoon). The Messolonghi municipality is mainly flat with sandy coastlines while Nafpaktia is hillier with a pebble coastline. In recent years, there has been a small increase in the area’s population, despite social indicators revealing that the population is aging as young people abandon the area looking for opportunities in the cities. The main economic activities in the area are agriculture, fishing and tourism.

Most of the fishing activity is small-scale and traditional and takes place in the Messolonghi lagoon. The main species of fish in the area are sea bass, sea bream, mullet, eel, codfish, anchovies and sardines. Aquaculture is also developed in the area with 12 operating units.

The specific challenges here are unemployment, an ageing population, the insufficient processing of farming and fisheries products, low exploitations of renewable sources of energy and a lack of tourism infrastructure.  

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are four protected areas covering 14% of the total surface of the FLAG.

Population
57 034
Surface area (km²)
856
Population density
67
Total employment in fisheries
505
Fishing: 
268
Aquaculture: 
234
Processing: 
3

FLAG strategy

The FLAG intends to enhance entrepreneurship and job creation by supporting the processing of farming and fisheries products, motivating businesses towards the exploitation of renewable sources of energy. They aim also to promote networking between areas, institutions and enterprises, for the exchange of know-how and good practices.   

Objective: 
Supporting diversification
Priority: 
5
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
4
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 350 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 762 500
  • MS co-financing: 
    587 500
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

One idea that they would like to implement is “the centre of virtual re-enactment of battle of Lepanto”, which aims to promote the history and cultural heritage of the area.

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in advising businesses in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as in creation of quality label criteria.
  • They are interested in cooperating with FLAGs (inter-territorial or transnational) for the management of protected areas.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Aitoliki Development Company S.A.
Members of the partnership: 

The development agency’s membership includes the municipalities involved, agricultural organisations, local piscatorial cooperatives, environmental associations, commercial associations, an association for people with special needs, the local nautical association and the bio-agricultural association of western Greece.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
20
% of fisheries actors: 
5%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
50%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,50

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Aitoliki Development Company S.A.
 
Antirrio Nafpaktos National Rd. Platanitis
30020 Antirrio
Greece
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Nikoleta Katsoni
Phone:
+30 2634 038110
FLAG President:
Ms. George Siamadas Siamadas
Phone:
+30 2634 038110
Languages:
  • Greek (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
Publication date: 
25/08/2017
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