FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Pieria FLAG

Official name: 
PIERIKI ΠΙΕΡΙΚΗ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΙΑΚΗ Α.Ε.-Ο.Τ.Α.
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
GR208
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area of Pieria, which is found along the western shore of the Gulf of Thermaikos, is a rural area where fishing is an important economic activity. It is well known for shellfish farming and in 2014 it produced over 8 400 tons of mussels representing over 85% of overall Greek production for the year. In addition to aquaculture, sea fishing remains important here.

It’s coastal location, rich cultural heritage and proximity to Thessaloniki have led to strong growth in the tourist sector in the past few decades.

The main challenges include the need to boost entrepreneurship and to tackle social exclusion while maintaining and enhancing cultural heritage.  

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

There are two Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) and one Special Protected Area (SPA) under the Natura 2000 scheme which represent a total of 27% of the total FLAG area. The area also has three wildlife sanctuaries.

Population
30 188
Surface area (km²)
140
Population density
216
Total employment in fisheries
297
Fishing: 
212
Aquaculture: 
68
Transformation: 
17

FLAG strategy

The strategy focuses on the promotion of entrepreneurship and cultural heritage. It aims to create a favourable environment for the development of competitive and viable entrepreneurial initiatives, to facilitate knowledge transfers, and to strengthen interactions between different economic sectors in order to boost the competitive advantages of the area with emphasis on natural and cultural resources

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
Supporting diversification
4
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 900 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 805 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    95 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG/LAG is multi-funded, receiving funding from the EMMF and the EAFRD. The FLAG will also use funds from the ERDF (for Interreg and ROPs - Regional Operational Programmes), ESF for CLLD actions, and ENI (European Neighbourhood Instrument) for Joint Operational Programmes.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD
    ERDF
    ESF
    Other(s)

Project examples

  • Private investment for the transformation of fishing boats for fisheries tourism, diversification of fisheries incomes and quality certification.
  • Public investments to renovate boats shelters and ports, local tourism information centres and support for cultural events and recreation/cultural infrastructure.
  • Cooperation projects that facilitate knowledge exchange. 

Calls for proposals

Details of calls will be published on www.pieriki-anaptixiaki.gr.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in subjects such as quality, culture, energy efficiency and gastronomy.  

The FLAG is interested in transnational level networking and cooperation on fishing and aquaculture (especially mussels farming). Possible projects include:

  • “Sea environment, coastal threats and fisheries”: This project aims to record, map and prioritise the risks the fragile ecosystems of the Greek sea faces related to fisheries and coastal areas, including degradation caused by urbanisation.
  • Networking with other Mediterranean areas for exchanges on fishing techniques and cultural aspects of specific products of the area (such as mussels).
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
60000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The company/partnership has 25 shareholders. Public institutions involved in the company cover all local authorities operating in Pieria. The main "strategic" bodies involved include the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pieria, several agricultural cooperatives, the Hotel Association, the Cooperative Bank of Pieria, the Professionals’ Societies and the Mountaineers Societies, amongst others. Furthermore, 15% of the membership of the FLAG is made up of private fishermen who are also represented on the decision-making board.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
25
% of fisheries actors: 
0%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
15%
% of environmental actors: 
7%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
7
% of public actors: 
43%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,50

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Pieriki Development Company SA
 
16th Oktobriou 17b
60100 Katerini
Greece
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Betty Partsalidou
Phone:
+30 2351 027541
Languages:
  • Grec (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
  • Italien (Advanced)
  • Français (Basic)
  • Espagnol (Basic)
Publication date: 
29/05/2017
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