Lanzarote, also known as “the island of volcanos”, is made up of seven municipalities and a small archipelago to the north of the island (Chinijo Archipelago). The whole area has been classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The local economy has suffered great changes since the 70s when the majority of the population worked in the primary sector, made up of small-scale and coastal fishing, as well as agriculture. Since then, the primary sector has lost its key role in the economy, pushed out by tourism and the service sector in general.
The increasing demand for action tourism has led to an increase in sporting activities linked to the coast, such as diving excursions, kayaking, surfing etc. The growth of such marine tourism is providing a wealth of new opportunities from the island’s marine resources while the fisheries sector struggles to retain its place in the local economy.
More than 40% of the surface area of Lanzarote enjoys some type of protected status, including the island’s recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a “Geo-park”. The island of Graciosa and the small islands in the North (70 000 hectares) are also classified as a Marine Reserve of fisheries interest – the largest in Spain.
The FLAG’s strategy aims to:
In order to reach these goals, the FLAG has the following objectives:
The FLAG is interested in cooperating around the following themes:
ADERLAN, the association for rural and fisheries development of Lanzerote, acts as both LEADER LAG and FLAG for Lanzerote. As such the two programmes are closely coordinated – even though each has a separate local development strategy. There is a common General Assembly for the development association, but the FLAG has a specific decision-making board that selects fisheries-related projects.
The FLAG’s General Assembly includes 41 partners ranging from fishing organisations and Producer Organisation, agricultural stakeholders, local public administrations and tourism operatators to cultural and social associations, an SME federation, neighbourhood associations and private companies.
Of these, representatives from three fishing organisations (“cofradías”), three town halls, the provincial government and four associations (cultural/gastronomy, social, women and agricultural) make up the decision-making board.