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FLAG Factsheet

Braila FLAG

Official name: 
Asociația Grupul Local pentru Promovarea Dezvoltării Integrate a Zonei Pescărești a Județului Brăila
Country:
Code: 
RO208
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area is located in the Braila Plainm in the South-east of the country, in the basins of the Danube, Calmăţui and Siret rivers. The natural environment, through its hydrographic network, relief, vegetation and fauna, fosters the development of the fisheries sector and tourism.

The main demographic challenges are low birth rates, an aging population and migration. Skill levels are low and this exacerbates the low employment rate. The area is facing insufficient investments especially in rural areas, where healthcare and social infrastructure are poorly developed. Agriculture is the main occupation in the county. Industry is almost entirely concentrated in the city of Brăila and the predominant industries are food and textiles.

The fisheries here are characterised by poor infrastructure. The processing and marketing of fish activities is underdeveloped and not integrated in viable economic chains. Furthermore, tourist and recreational facilities are few.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are 20 protected natural areas in FLAG Braila, including:

  • The small islands of Braila and Dunarea Veche-Braţul Macin;
  • 15 areas of community interest, an integral part of the European ecological network Natura 2000 in Romania (eight special areas of avifaunistic protection – SPAs, and seven sites of community importance - SCIs);
  • An area of national interest: Balta Mica a Brailei natural park;
  • Two areas of county interest: The Forest Reservation of Viişoara and Popina Blasova (Monument of Nature).

The protected areas occupy a total area of 601,94 km².

Population
115 411
Surface area (km²)
2 578
Population density
45
Total employment in fisheries
348
Fishing: 
210
Aquaculture: 
43
Processing: 
95

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy seeks to support sustainable development, by harnessing existing economic, natural and human potential, diversifying, developing and streamlining the sectors of the economy in the area and aiming at improving the quality of life for the inhabitants.

More specifically, the strategy aims to strengthen and develop the infrastructure and services for fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, support related and alternative fishing and aquaculture activities, preserve local identity and protect the environment.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
1
% of the budget allocated: 
2%
Supporting diversification
5
53%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
6%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
23%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
16%

Funding

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

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    Funds from international strategies and cooperation programs, Human Capital Operational Program (2014-2020) - National and transnational cooperation projects, Environmental protection projects, Training programs

  • Funds: 
    Other(s)

Project examples

Project ideas include:

  • Support the set-up of mooring pontoons; fishing shelters
  • Setting up a fish market in the area;
  • Kherhana – a unit for the receipt, sorting, preparation and temporary storage of fish
  • Promotion of area and tourist routes (e.g. photo safari, self-service restaurant on the pontoon, portal integration of local tourist offers, setting-up a recreational facility, fishing stories pavilion).

Calls for proposals

Calls for project submission will be published on the FLAG website.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in national and transnational cooperation - environmental protection, promotion of traditions, partnership development, training and transfer of best practices.

The FLAG has worked on the following themes:

  • The impact of using nylon nets on the aquatic environment
  • Reduction of marine pollution and rivers
  • Promoting protection for certain areas
  • Promoting tourism and cultural sectors
  • Developing a local tourism cluster
  • Recycling of waste
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
500000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG membership includes the South-East regional development agency, Braila county and municipality, the chamber of commerce, the association of sporting hunters and fishermen of Braila county, the Stancuta association of fishermen, the local association of young entrepreneurs and several aquaculture units.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
33
% of fisheries actors: 
15%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
80%
% of public actors: 
3%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
3,00

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FLAG Contacts

Asociația Grupul Local pentru Promovarea Dezvoltării Integrate a Zonei Pescărești a Județului Brăila
 
Anghel Saligny nr. 24
810118 Braila
Romania
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Florica Neagu
Phone:
+40 339 401 018
Languages:
  • English (Advanced)
Publication date: 
16/01/2018
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