The South Leipzig area FLAG is mainly characterised by wide spread former brown-coal mining areas. In many of the opencast pits, artificial lakes have developed, which form a major part of the landscape in the area south of Leipzig in the north-west of the FLAG territory. Where brown-coal mining is still active, an urban industrial structure still dominates. The long history of mining and its legacy of pollution and environmental hazards are challenges these areas must cope with. In contrast, there are large rural areas with landscapes dominated by agriculture in the southern part of the FLAG-territory.
The fishing and aquaculture sector is active in an area that covers roughly 4 117 ha, of which 357 ha are ponds. The main species of fish found in these ponds are carp and trout. The focus of the aquaculture producers is on pond restoration and the development of better direct marketing. Fishing in the area plays a rather small role, however, the new waters in the former mining areas are increasingly being used and new opportunities can be created. The economic exploitation of aquaculture and fishing is it an early stage in its development and has a lot of potential. Concepts for the further restoration and utilisation of these lakes can be developed in close coordination with all potential actors (aquaculture and fishery, tourism, environmentalists etc.).
In the area of the FLAG six landscape protection areas (including Elster- und Schnauderaue) and five nature reserves.
The FLAG has a diversified strategy that aims to address the main challenges from different perspectives. The four main objectives are:
There is a maximum of two calls per year.
The FLAG is interested in cooperating with other FLAGs on the following themes: educational projects (especially for children and young people), low-impact tourism and development of fisheries in former mining areas.
The FLAG partnership includes the LAG Südraum Leipzig and its members, ie a pond farmer, the Fishing association of Leipzig, restaurants, municipalities, local economy associations, private companies, social associations and cultural associations