The FLAG is located in the south-western part of the Western Pomerania region, close to the German border. The area is highly rural and there are no towns of more than 20 000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the area arrived here after the second world war, so there is a mixture of different cultures which over the last decades have merged to form a common identity.
Key challenges include unemployment and poverty, and underutilised potential of local natural assets such as lakes, rivers and forests, as well as food and cuisine based on the local agricultural and fisheries products. Fish production is carried out in fish ponds and lakes.
Key challenge for the fisheries sector (which is represented on the decision-making body by five persons out of 15) is the development of processing and modernisation of production techniques.
Protected areas, including Natura 2000 site, cover almost 35% of the total FLAG area.
The FLAG implements a multi-funded strategy financed from the EAFRD and EMFF, but the amount received from EAFRD is four times higher than that received from EMFF. The EMFF funding is used to support the following objectives:
The FLAG will also organise meetings and training courses for the fisheries sector as well as fairs and culinary workshops based on fish resources.
There will be severa calls, for example four calls in the first half of 2019 and one call in the second half of 2019, two calls in the first half of 2022. All calls are published on the website: www.liderprojezierza.pl
The FLAG membership includes representatives of 13 municipalities and one county administration. The business sector has 32 representatives, including 11 fish farmers. There are also 23 NGOs (mainly local associations) and the remaining members are individuals.