The FLAG territory comprises the habitable area of the northernmost part of the Făgăraș Mountains, in the county of Brasov. The area is situated in the geographical centre of Romania and the Olt river runs through the FLAG’s territory, one of the country’s most important rivers. The region also comprises a rich network of smaller mountain rivers, artificial lakes and a large reservoir. Many trout fisheries and aquaculture units have been developed across these bodies of water.
Historically, Făgăraș was an industrial area, defined by the Nitramonia chemical plant, once the largest employer in the region with over 11 000 employees. Now the local economy is complex and includes a developing food and beverage industry, the manufacture of chemicals, rubber and plastic products, textiles, construction and transport services.
Challenge for the FLAG area include an aging population and a social infrastructure which lacks adequate funding and requires modernisation. Specific challenges facing the fisheries sector include a lack of knowledge due to skills not being transferred between generations.
The FLAG has several protected areas covering a total of 121km2. They include the botanical protected Daffodil Meadow (Poiana cu Narcise), a UNSECO world heritage site.
The main objective of the FLAG strategy is to promote economic growth, social inclusion, job creation, and support the area’s communities dependent on fisheries and aquaculture. This includes the diversification of fishing activities, developing economic competitiveness and innovation. The strategy aims to increase the number of direct jobs in fisheries and aquaculture and jobs in secondary sectors such as marketing, processing, IT and tourism.
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG include:
Calls for projects and related information will be posted on the FLAG website:
The FLAG has experience and expertise in projects related to aquaculture. The FLAG would like to share its expertise in aquaculture with other FLAGs in cooperation projects at national and transnational levels.
There are 32 FLAG members. This includes the Făgăraș municipality and communes of Viștea, Voila, Sâmbăta de Sus, Beclean, Lisa, Recea, Mândra, Șercaia, Șinca Veche and Dumbrăvița și Hălchiu. There are also 13 private members (three sole traders, one family run-business and nine fisheries enterprises. The membership also includes an environmental NGO and several professional and sporting associations.