The Itria Valley F/LAG occupies an area between the three main cities of the Apulia Region: Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. It is also called the Trulli’s Valley due to the presence of the traditional Apulian stone buildings. The shore is mostly rocky with small sandy bays, and it is characterised by Mediterranean scrub (“la macchia mediterranea”).
The local economy is mostly based on agriculture, tourism, services and fisheries with the Fasano municipality having a small fishing and recreational port. Fisheries is an important for local incomes, in spite of the lack of a local market or local processing plants.
Despite this, the fishing sector is suffering a crisis, and the number of enterprises is rapidly decreasing. Reasons for this decline include the need to maintain environmental sustainability, the over exploitation of fish stocks and a general lack of business culture
Regional park of coastal dunes.
The main objective of the Local Development Strategy (LDS) is to create an integrated tourism and sustainable business system based on networks of local enterprises.
The LDS will support:
The LDS could finance the following project ideas:
The F/LAG has previous experience in cooperation projects funded by the EAFRD, including the LeaderMed, Salviamo Lucignolo, Pugliesi nel Mondo, Lapis, TEiNet projects.
In this programming period, the F/LAG is interested in developing national and international cooperation networks in order to develop the skills and competitiveness of fishermen, to innovate the fishing sector by introducing new technologies, to support the diversification of the fisheries sector into tourism, to develop pesca-tourism and sustainable aquaculture activities, and to foster employment for young people and women.
Chamber of Commerce, Municipalities, trade associations (CIA, Coldiretti Puglia, taranto- brinsidi- bari, Confagricoltura taranto- brinsidi- bari), private agriculture and social sector.