The FLAG area has a strong level of community cohesion. Despite this, they still face issues related to an ageing population. The primary sector is characterised by small-scale fisheries and small-scale agriculture. Tourism is very important for the economy of the region.
The main challenges in the area include:
There are nine Natura 2000 areas, including the Pyloy lagoon, making up about 38.15% of the FLAG area.
The FLAG’s strategy aims to:
Through the implementation of the strategy for fisheries, the encouragement of local development and support for diversification of activities, it is hoped to create new jobs.
Yes. The CLLD programme is multi-funded. It has a total public budget of €8 550 000 (€6 850 000 from the EAFRD and €1 750 000 from the EMFF). EAFRD will support: Investments in agri-food processing, infrastructure, knowledge transfer and support for professional training and skills and the creation/modernisation of other businesses in Mesinia.
Project ideas include:
The FLAG is interested in cooperation with other fishing areas in Europe, knowledge exchange and dissemination of best practices in the area of environmental protection management and supportive actions for entrepreneurship in fisheries areas.
There is one transnational project envisaged at the moment - “Marine Protected Areas & Activities: Fishing - Tourism". The main philosophy of this project is to support successful management practices in marine protected areas in conjunction with the development of economic activities (fishing, tourism) and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The key partner of the FLAG is the Region of Peloponnese as well as local municipalities. Although there are no fisheries actors in the membership there is a fisheries association on the decision-making board of the FLAG.