The FLAG is located in the inland part of the Pomeranian region and includes many lakes and rivers as well as fish farms. The rivers of the area are home to many valuable species of salmonid fish and, as such, offer excellent angling opportunities. The Słupia river basin in the FLAG area is the only natural breeding place of Atlantic salmon in Poland.
The main challenge for the area is to develop fisheries-related businesses based on the endogenous potential of the area while maintaining and protecting the environment.
There is also high unemployment, especially among women over 50 years of age.
Nearly 20% of the FLAG area is protected; there are landscape parks (including Slupia Valley) and areas of protected landscape.
The FLAG strategy will focus primarily on creating and maintaining jobs, with particular regard to the aquaculture sector, and support for social enterprises based on the natural assets of the area. Another important priority will deal with environmental and climate issues, including protection of valuable species of water organisms and restoring lakes suffering from eutrophication, promoting environmental education, as well as mitigating climate change.
The FLAG will also try to strengthen the involvement of the local community and support activities which engage unemployed people around the culture and heritage of the area. An important target group will also be women over 50.
There will be calls for projects in 2017: one call in the first semester and one in the second semester.
This is a mono-funded FLAG. Its area partly overlaps with the LEADER LAG “Dorzecze Słupi”. The LAG is a member of the FLAG but the two organisations have separate tasks and budgets and maintain separate legal structures.
The public sector includes municipalities, the county administration, cultural centres, schools and the Western Kaszuby museum. The business sector is represented by fish farms, fish incubators, the AQUAMAR company, lake restaurants and many other SMEs. There are also several NGOs such as local development associations, cultural, fisheries and environmental organisations, as well as individuals.