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El Hierro FLAG

Official name: 
GALP El Hierro
Country:
Code: 
ES241
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Territoire

El Hierro is the smallest and most westerly island of the Canary archipelago. The FLAG area consists of the municipalities of La Frontera, El Pinar and Valverde, covers an area of approximately 270km2, and has a population of 10 000. The Service sector accounts for almost 80% of the island economic activity. Unlike the rest of the other Canary Islands, tourism does not stand out as the main sector. Instead, public administration and the health sector are the islands primary industry.

 

The islands fisheries sector is composed of around 30 small-scale vessels. In recent years the industry has been in decline which is a challenge to both the FLAG and area. Additionally, the age of fisheries workers is increasing. Many active fishermen are over the age of 50 and attracting younger inhabitants to the industry is difficult and a key challenge to the FLAG. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Population
10 587
Surface area (km²)
269
Population density
39

Stratégie du GALPA

The El Hierro FLAG’s local development strategy aims to:

  • Prevent the decline of fishing in the area.
  • Improve the processing and marketing local fisheries products.
  • Develop measures for the promotion of sustainable tourism.
  • Increase the scientific knowledge applied in the island’s fisheries.
  • Create new initiatives, processes and fisheries products and establish new markets.
  • Diversify fishing activities into other sectors.
  • Promote the island’s environmental and maritime heritage and the integrated management of the area’s marine environment.

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
259 183
  • EMFF: 
    194 388
  • MS co-financing: 
    64 795
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects are made annually and are published on the FLAG website

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
GALP El Hierro
Members of the partnership: 

El Hierro FLAG is made up of 12 member organisations. These include:

  • The town halls of La Frontera, El Pinar and Valverde.
  • The fishing organisation (‘cofradía’) of Nuestra Señora de los Reyes.
  • El Hierro’s association for SMEs.
  • El Hierro’s association for rural tourism.
  • Pescarestinga’s maritime cooperative.
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
12
% of fisheries actors: 
17%
% of public authorities and other: 
25%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
58%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
8
% of public actors: 
38%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Carte

FLAG Contacts

GALP El Hierro
 
El Majano s/n
38900 Valverde
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Juan Pedro Sánchez Rodríguez
Phone:
+34 922 551 637
FLAG President:
Mr. Jorge Fernández Machín
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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