FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Rural Development Initiative FLAG

Official name: 
Stowarzyszenie “WIR” – Wiejska Inicjatywa Rozwoju
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
PL208
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is located in Western Pomerania close to the cities of Szczecin and Stargard as well as to the German border. Agriculture dominates the area, but there is also fish farming and lake fishing. There are ten fish farms producing mainly carp, two businesses active in lake fishing, as well as two fish processing plants.

The key challenge is high unemployment, especially among young people and persons over 50, combined with a lack of professional counselling services for the unemployed. The area’s development potential in tourism and agro-processing is not fully utilised. The FLAG identifies two key issues for the fisheries sector:

  • damages caused by poaching and predators (cormorants
  • the economic uncertainly of lake fishing.
Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

Protected areas cover 0.31% of the FLAG (64 000 ha). There are several natural reserves and two landscape parks.

Population
84 361
Surface area (km²)
2 094
Population density
40
Total employment in fisheries
92
Fishing: 
40
Aquaculture: 
40
Transformation: 
12
Women employment in fisheries: 
8

FLAG strategy

 The FLAG would like to maintain local heritage and strengthen social capital, while developing businesses and creating jobs, especially for farmers, fishermen, people under 25 and over 50. It intends to support projects focusing on:

  • Diversification of incomes in production and services (non-agricultural and non-fisheries)
  • Provision of advisory services to employees, fishermen and farmers, as well as training for people over 50 (including women) and under 25
  • Activities to protect fisheries from poaching
  • Joint promotion of the area
  • Water-based tourism, especially around the lake of Miedwie, including infrastructural investments
  • Raising environmental awareness and investing in renewable energies
  • Social infrastructure and organisation of events helping to integrate the local community
Objective: 
Supporting diversification
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
50%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
11%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
39%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
919 784
  • EMFF: 
    781 816
  • MS co-financing: 
    137 968
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    The strategy is also co-financed from the EAFRD (over €3 million) which is the Lead Fund and which will finance rural entrepreneurship, local heritage, investments in non-commercial infrastructure for tourism, recreation, and culture.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

  • Supporting businesses development in various economic sectors
  • Developing publicly accessible infrastructure linked to fisheries activities
  • Combatting poaching
  • Promotion project related to the area historically linked with fisheries: “The Wealth of our Lakes”

Calls for proposals

There will be calls for projects, the timetable for these is available on the FLAG website.

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in implementing small-scale projects in rural areas with the involvement of the local community
  • The FLAG is interested in exchanging experience and good practices, especially with other inland fishing areas
  • “The Wealth of our Lakes” is a project that will focus on the joint promotion of fisheries areas involving three Polish FLAGs from Western Pomerania. It will include the exchange of good practices financed from the previous period, presentation of the fisheries sector (together with the Polish Anglers’ Association), organisation of events and competitions, promotion of fish consumption with recipes etc.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
18000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Stowarzyszenie 'WIR'- Wiejska Inicjatywa Rozwoju
Members of the partnership: 

The public sector is represented by the 14 municipalities, Pyrzyce county administration, public libraries and culture clubs. Various local associations represent the social sector. From the business sector, there are several SMEs, fish farms and the Szczecin branch of the Polish Anglers’ Association.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
141
% of fisheries actors: 
6%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
75%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
13
% of public actors: 
23%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Stowarzyszenie 'WIR'- Wiejska Inicjatywa Rozwoju
 
ul. Rynek Staromiejski 5
73-110 Stargard
Poland
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Małgorzata Krysiak
Phone:
+48 91 578 43 78
FLAG President:
Ms. Elżbieta Rink
Languages:
  • Polonais (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Basic)
  • Allemand (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
30/05/2017
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