Pond farming has always been a small-scale family business and hundreds of families as well as recreational fishermen help to ensure that the ponds continue to exist. Without the fish cultivated in them (mainly carp) and without constant maintenance, these ponds would disappear within a couple of years thereby altering the landscape and the richness of the local ecosystem. These ponds provide very rich habitats for many rare species.
One of the key challenges is the fact that these small-scale family businesses struggle to adapt to an ever more complex business environment (bureaucracy, restrictions due to nature preservation requirements etc.).
Another challenge is the lack of awareness and understanding of the wider benefits of pond farming and associated ecosystem services amongst the general public.
The FLAG area is part of three Nature Parks (Nördlicher Oberpfälzer Wald, Oberer Bayerischer Wald and Oberpfälzer Wald). One major bird sanctuary (the Waldnaabaue) is situated in the FLAG area.
The FLAG has a diversified strategy that aims to address the main challenges from different perspectives. The four main objectives are:
Regional: Land of Bavaria
There are no specific calls for projects or deadlines. Throughout the funding period, potential beneficiaries can contact the FLAG management at any time.
The FLAG board meets whenever it is necessary – usually the FLAG management collects several projects for presentation and selection on one date, but if necessary, the board might also meet for a single project.
The FLAG has experience and is interested in cooperating with other FLAGs on the following themes:
The FLAG partnership includes: