FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

High Western Rhodopes FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG "High Western Rhodopes: Batak - Devin - Dospat"
Country:
Code: 
BG201
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Most of the FLAG’s territory is protected (most of the protected areas are forests). This includes about 50 protected areas (entirely or partially) of four categories (strict nature reserve, wilderness area, natural monument and protected area). Furthermore, a large part of the FLAG territory area falls into the NATURA 2000 – three protected areas (entirely or partially) under the NATURA 2000 Network (one of them according to Habitats Directive and the other two according to Birds Directive).

Population
25 188
Surface area (km²)
1 534
Population density
16
Total employment in fisheries
77
Fishing: 
0
Aquaculture: 
45
Processing: 
32
Women employment in fisheries: 
39

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is committed to decreasing the socio-economic disparities of the fisheries area as well as contributing to its sustainable development. It includes measures for maintaining employment in the fisheries sector and creating new jobs through the following initiatives:

  • Diversification of aquaculture activities.
  • Adding value to aquaculture products. 
  • The valorisation of the natural and cultural heritage of the territory.
  • Expanding tourist services through angling tourism development.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
34%
Supporting diversification
2
12%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
13%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
13%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
28%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 000 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 700 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    300 000

Calls for proposals

The FLAG will prepare an annual call for projects with a fixed deadline of 90 days after the call is announced. Calls will be published on the FLAG website - www.flag-rhodope.bg

Partnership

Accountable body: 
High Western Rhodopes FLAG
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the representatives from the three local municipalities (Batak, Devin, Dospat), two private aquaculture companies, two private non-fisheries companies, four NGO’s (three of them are local angling associations) and two private individuals.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
13
% of fisheries actors: 
15%
% of public authorities and other: 
23%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
62%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
7
% of public actors: 
43%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
3,00

Map

FLAG Contacts

High Western Rhodopes FLAG
 
12 Orfei Str.
4831 Dospat
Bulgaria
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Antim Parzhanov
Phone:
+359 89 443 8144
FLAG President:
Mr. Krasimir Daskalov
Phone:
+359 87 666 9669
Languages:
  • Bulgarian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Basic)
Publication date: 
01/08/2018
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