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FLAG Factsheet

Great Masurian Lakes FLAG

Official name: 
Stowarzyszenie Lokalna Grupa Rybacka "Wielkie Jeziora Mazurskie"
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
PL217
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG is located in the north-western part of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie region. It is characterised by a high percentage of surface water (17% of the area). There are 119 lakes with a total area of around 34 000 hectares, as well as many forests and many protected areas. The main fishing activity is carried out in lakes, there are also a few fish farms, some of them producing juveniles. The main fish species include vendace, whitefish, pike, pikeperch, roach and bream, and they are served in local bars and restaurants in the summer months or around Christmas.

Key challenges include high unemployment, especially during the low season, out-migration of young people, insufficient and not diversified tourism. There is a need to develop skills of the unemployed persons. Other challenges are linked with deteriorating water quality and a decrease in fish resources.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are over 130 000 hectares of protected areas, i.e. over 66% of the total FLAG area.

Population
55 354
Surface area (km²)
1 977
Population density
28
Total employment in fisheries
75
Fishing: 
75

Stratégie du GALPA

The strategy will, first of all, aim to implement activities that will extend the tourist season, promoting the area’s assets also in autumn and winter. Cooperation between tourism actors and development or tourist packages is envisaged. Investment in fisheries businesses and in improving the environment (e.g. renewable energies) and public spaces is also envisaged. Support to unemployed persons will include training, workshops and financial support to set up their own businesses.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
46%
Supporting diversification
2
6%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
17%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
27%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1
4%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 200 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 870 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    330 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Exemples de projet

  • Developing integrated tourism packages
  • Setting up a business renting tourist equipment
  • Modernisation of rural tourism facilities
  • Setting up operations linked to the fisheries economy, such as smokeries, fish gutting plants, cooling plants etc.
  • Production of fish juveniles
  • Businesses managed by fishermen investing in production, processing and services

Calls for proposals

The calls for projects are launched several times a year, dates of these calls are agreed with the regional authorities and announced on the FLAG website www.mazurylgr.pl, as well as on the websites of the participating municipalities and counties.

Expertise et coopération

  • The FLAG has experience in cooperation projects on angling tourism, such as the Northern Angling Trail and the Masurian Fisheries Trail; organisation of exhibitions, conferences, cyclical events and training for beneficiaries and FLAG members. It also has experience in the organisation of angling competitions, family events, participation in fairs and the organisation of study visits.
  • The FLAG is interested in promotion of cultural, natural and economic assets, exchange of experience between FLAGs and between fishermen, getting to know solutions for social and economic development. The FLAG is looking for partners both in Poland and abroad.
  • Specific cooperation projects include: (1) continuation of the Northern Fisheries Trail, in particular, developing the Masurian Fisheries Trail, whose members are local businesses from the FLAG area offering tourism services; (2) a planned study visit for the fisheries sector to exchange experience and get acquainted with good practices and project examples from other EU countries.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
105000.00

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
Stowarzyszenie Lokalna Grupa Rybacka 'Wielkie Jeziora Mazurskie'
Members of the partnership: 

The public sector is represented by nine municipalities, two county administrations, the Research Institute for Inland Fisheries and a cultural centre. NGOs include local associations and the LEADER LAG. The business sector includes several fish farms, the Polish Anglers’ Association and many local SMEs. There remaining members are individuals.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
84
% of fisheries actors: 
16%
% of public authorities and other: 
14%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
70%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

Visuels

Carte

FLAG Contacts

Stowarzyszenie Lokalna Grupa Rybacka 'Wielkie Jeziora Mazurskie'
 
Plac Wolności 1B
11-600 Węgorzewo
Poland
FLAG President:
Ms. Barbara Dawcewicz
Phone:
+48 734 437 135
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Wioletta Banasiewicz
Phone:
+48 87 428 47 41
Languages:
  • Polish (Mother tongue)
  • German (Advanced)
  • English (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Basic)
Publication date: 
08/09/2017
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