The FLAG area extends over a coastal area of 35km and covers five parishes in two municipalities. This territory is noted for its traditional small-scale fisheries. This is a predominantly agricultural area with a growing tourist sector thanks to its accessible beaches.
The main challenges are: lack of organisation in the fisheries sector; ageing fishing support structures; ageing fleet; low educational and professional qualifications; coastal erosion; a need for protection and conservation of natural resources; and a lack of involvement and civic participation.
Two Sites of Community Importance (SCIs): Sintra-Cascais (PTCON0008) and Peniche-Santa Cruz (PTCON0056). Together they cover an area of 1.783ha, which corresponds to 23.88% of the FLAG area.
The FLAG strategy comprises three strategic objectives that seek to focus on the wide range of challenges and opportunities that fall on the coastal communities of the FLAG area:
Some projects ideas:
The areas of interest for cooperation are:
The FLAG shares a legal structue with the local LEADER LAG and their territories overlap. They aslo have a common Programme Management Commttee which alows them to share strategies. The FLAG also cooperates with other FLAGs nearby and throughout Portugal.
The FLAG membership includes several local municipalities, town councils and parish councils as well as local chambers of commerce, a natural history society, the Portuguese environment agency, the Torres Vedras fishing union, the association for development and support to fisheries in Porto Dinheiro, the Portuguese aquaculture association and an export-import association.