The Danube Delta FLAG area comprises 25 administrative units and covers two contrasting geographical zones: the wetland of the Danube delta and the continental zone.
The FLAG area is made up of the entire Danube delta, a world natural heritage site and a biosphere reserve and has undeniable value to the fisheries sector. At present, there are around 1 034 fishermen working here and there are 46 landing points authorised as first sale centres. Commercial fishing activity takes place in the following areas: the Danube delta, the Razim - Sinoe complex and the Black sea coast.
The area faces a series of challenges such as a lack of diversification of economic activities, environmental problems, difficult access to medical infrastructure services, insufficient food safety, a lack of skilled workers and insufficient diversification of the economy.
The most valuable opportunities in the FLAG area include its significant tourist potential due to its traditional gastronomy and an impressive variety of beautiful natural and cultural landscapes.
One Biosphere Reserve (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve), 20 areas with full protection, one scientific reserve, six nature reserves, nine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and 8 Sites of Community Importance (SCIs), representing approx. 80% of the total area.
The FLAG strategy aims to:
Projects idea include:
Several calls per year are envisaged. Each call for applications will be open for 30 days. After the evaluation of the projects submitted, other calls will be opened until the budget allocated to the measure is exhausted.
The FLAG membership is made up of six members and include Tulcea county council, the Danube delta biosphere reserve, three local fisheries associations and one NGO.