The FLAG covers an area of 1 833km2, accounting for just over a third of Prahova county. The region covers the southern slopes of the Southern Carpathians and descends south through the sub-Carpathian hills. Common catches in the region include a local species of perch, trout, pike and carp. Along the Prahova and Teleajen river valleys, there are several trout farms.
Agricultural products in the area include meat, milk, cereals, fruits and grapes; Prahova is known nationally as the ‘land of red wines.’ Other sectors include coal mining, crude oil processing, food, beverages and tobacco. Tourism is growing and now also represents a significant part of the local economy.
Challenges for the area include high unemployment and relatively low educational levels, particularly in rural areas. There are limited job opportunities in the region which has resulted in many young adults migrating to other parts of Romania and across the EU. While tourism is growing, a key challenge is encouraging younger generations to engage with the industry.
The FLAG territory includes the Bucegi Natural Park which is a Natura 2000 site and covers a total of 85km2.
The Prahova FLAG strategy aims to revitalise the area’s local economy by integrating and connecting the regions fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The FLAG aims to create competitive fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries, while also preserving the natural environment.
Specific objectives include:
Project examples and ideas for the Prahova FLAG include:
The FLAG makes regular calls for projects which are advertised on the FLAG website:
As the FLAG is newly established it is currently developing its thematic expertise. The FLAG aims to cooperate both nationally and transnationally with other FLAGs to exchange experiences and best practices.
FLAG members include the commune of Şirna (public partner), three aquaculture units (Caprolact Distribution Ltd, V.I.S. Print Ltd and Piscicola Prahova Ltd), two private businesses (Executive Building Ltd and ODIS Ltd), and two civil society organisations (Olteanu Maria Madalina and Catalin Trifan – Fishermen).