The FLAG’s territory is situated to the east of Saxony and borders the regions of Dresden to the south and Brandenburg to the north. The eastern part of the area is highly forested, while the west is characterised by a typically European agricultural landscape. Throughout the entire area, pond farming is prevalent.
Fish farming was established in the region in the early sixteenth century. Between the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, carp farming became part of the economic policy of the Saxon dukes. The industry peaked in the nineteenth century and remains central to the area’s cultural heritage today.
The FLAG and the area’s pond farming industry are under increasing pressures resulting from high production costs and the competition posed by low-cost imports. Furthermore, a challenge to the FLAG is maintaining product quality, which has been influenced by the beforementioned pricing pressures. Such factors have impacted public perceptions of the carp and its related products.
The FLAG area encompasses one of the largest protected areas in Germany, Naturschutzgebiet Königsbrücker Heide, covering a total of 70km². There is also a 3km2 Natura 2000 site, Moritzburger Kleinkuppenlandschaft, which is focused on the protection of birds.
The FLAG strategy has the following main objectives:
Project examples and ideas for the Dresdner Heidebogen FLAG include:
The FLAG is newly established and therefore does not have any thematic expertise. The FLAG is interested in cooperation with neighboring FLAGs on projects relating to education and training.
Apart from all LEADER LAG members, all local pond farming companies and entrepreneurs are members of the FLAG as well as the local recreational fishing (angling) associations.