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FLAG Factsheet

Gästrikebygden FLAG

Official name: 
Leader Gästrikebygden
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
SE204
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG area includes the coast, rivers, and lakes along the Gulf of Bothnia, roughly 200km north of Stockholm. The landscape is dominated by pine woodlands and many inhabitants live in smaller towns and in rural areas.

The area has many small-scale fisheries located in several picturesque fishing villages. The fishermen mostly catch, prepare, and sell herring, salmon, and whitefish to local markets. Recreational fishing in freshwater of pike, perch, and zander is popular among locals and attracts anglers from all over Europe.

Challenges for the FLAG include the rising average age of fishermen and those working in the sector; attracting younger generations to the industry is difficult. Maintaining fish stocks as a sustainable future resource is also a challenge, as are finding new ways to increase and stimulate sustainable blue growth

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are 152 Natura 2000 protected areas in the FLAG territory coving a total area of 477km2. The FLAG area also has more than 189 nature reserve areas, two national parks and a biosphere reserve area

Population
292 677
Surface area (km²)
28 026
Population density
10
Total employment in fisheries
116
Fishing: 
52
Aquaculture: 
14
Processing: 
50
Women employment in fisheries: 
20

Stratégie du GALPA

The FLAG strategy seeks to create new networks between different stakeholders in the industry. In tandem with this, environmental actions and education for sustainable fish management are also envisaged for the development of the area. The focus here will be on sustainable business development in the small-scale fisheries sector.

The FLAG also wishes to combat the demographic challenge in the sector by getting more young people interested in fishing and the wider industry.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
3
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
30%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
1
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
10%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
775 170
  • EMFF: 
    527 170
  • MS co-financing: 
    248 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Co-financing comes from the Swedish Board of Agriculture, the regional development authority, and local municipalities.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD
    ERDF
    ESF

Exemples de projet

Several project ideas are centred around how to decrease the detrimental impact of seals on small-scale coastal fisheries, a current problem in the area. More specifically, ‘Fishing in Nedre Dalälven’ is a project aimed at improving the networking between different stakeholders along the River Dalälven, to increase awareness of and inspire sustainable fisheries management.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG welcomes applications all year-round, budget permitting. The FLAG selects projects for funding four times a year and requires the applications to be completed approximately four weeks ahead. The deadline for each call for projects is published on the FLAG website:

http://www.leadergastrikebygdenllu.se/leaderstyrelsens-beslutsdatum

Expertise et coopération

The FLAG is particularly interested in getting young people more involved in the sector. There is also a strong desire to see more co-operation with other FLAGs and CLLD groups in the Baltic area.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
75000.00

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
Leader Gästrikebygden
Members of the partnership: 

The LAG/FLAG group contains one representative for small-scale fisheries and one for fisheries management. There is also an external group of fish experts from private, public and NGOs sectors that represent the bigger geographical fishing area and serves the LAG with expert opinion

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
25
% of fisheries actors: 
8%
% of public authorities and other: 
36%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
56%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
15
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,50

Carte

FLAG Contacts

Leader Gästrikebygden
 
Leader Gästrikebygden, Vijvägen 34
817 40 Bergby
Sweden
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Theres Sundberg
Phone:
+46 70 245 21 01
FLAG President:
Mr. Toms Isaksson
Languages:
  • Swedish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
08/09/2017
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