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Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Sernikon FLAG

Official name: 
Publisko un privāto partnerattiecību biedrība “Sernikon”
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
LV205
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area is located in the metropolitan area of Riga, the capital of Latvia. It includes two municipalities, Carnikava and Saulkrasti. The area has a 35 km coastline along the Gulf of Riga and is renowned for its rich biodiversity and the landscape of the “Piejūra” Nature Park.

This combination of elements provides considerable potential for the development of tourism and other related businesses. The FLAG area already has a high level of economic activity, with 147 businesses per 1000 inhabitants, and this number is growing rapidly. The area’s 3.6% unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Latvia (10.8% national unemployment rate).

The main challenges facing the FLAG are population growth and the need to keep a balance between the development of economic and social activities and access to services. As identified in the CLLD strategy, there are currently insufficient premises available for new businesses, and a limited number of skilled jobs. The area also lacks suitable outlets for the sale of fish products.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The Piejūra Nature Park (Natura 2000 area).

Population
13 032
Surface area (km²)
13 000
Population density
100
Total employment in fisheries
75
Fishing: 
57
Aquaculture: 
0
Processing: 
18

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to support new local business and the development of local infrastructure.

In particular, it focuses on four main areas:

  • Economic development – strengthening existing business sectors, particularly the fishing and tourism sectors, as well as providing support to new business and promoting entrepreneurship among young people;
  • Sustainable development – support for the protection of nature and the area’s historical heritage, contributing not only to conservation of fisheries and natural assets but also to improving access to recreation and cultural services for the local population;
  • Social development – support for collective projects from social interest groups;
  • Integrated development – improving the coordination of local development activities in the area, exchanging experiences with other regions, and sharing information on innovative initiatives and projects.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
5
26%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
15%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
19%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
519 199
  • EMFF: 
    441 320
  • MS co-financing: 
    77 880
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    EAFRD – €382 098.29 including national co-financing of 68%.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

The development and implementation of education and training programmes for the fisheries sector.

Tourism development, in collaboration with the tourism cluster, "Saviļņojošā Vidzeme". This includes the development of a cycling route along the Baltic Sea coast.

A business start-up support programme, including the creation of office space for young entrepreneurs.

Calls for proposals

The CLLD strategy includes three strands that are co-financed by the EMFF.

Two of the strands are organised based on calls for proposals with set deadlines. These calls are launched at least once a year. The deadline for the first call closed on the 11th of May 2016.

The call for projects for the third strand is open continuously.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG will focus on cooperation projects related to tourism development activities and the strengthening of the fisheries sector. 

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Sernikon
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG board (decision-making body) consists of twelve members, but all forty-five members of the FLAG are actively involved.

There are two representatives of the public sector (municipalities) and ten representatives of the private and NGO sector.
The private sector is represented by four fishermen and four rural business representatives (agricultural and tourism sector).
The board also includes two NGO representatives for youth, sports and culture, and women's interests' associations.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
45
% of fisheries actors: 
33%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
50%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
17%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Sernikon
 
Stacijas iela 7
2163 Carnikava
Latvia
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Zane Seržante
Phone:
+371 26 121 424
FLAG President:
Mr. Edgars Pudzis
Languages:
  • Latvian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
Publication date: 
27/12/2016
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