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FLAG Factsheet

Southwest Danube FLAG

Official name: 
ASOCIAȚIA GRUP LOCAL PESCĂRESC DUNĂREA DE SUD VEST
Country:
Code: 
RO215
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is situated along the Danube, between the regions of Hinova and Vrata. The region comprises a 74km2 stretch of the Danube river and includes many meadow, river banks and natural ponds. The territory is close to the island of Ostrovul Mare and the Iron Gates which links Romania to Serbia.

The area’s fisheries sector is mainly represented by two commercial fishermen’s associations whose members operate the numerous small-scale fisheries along the Danube. For many inhabitants, fishing is a permanent activity and a main source of income with other forms of employment being scarce. As a result, in recent years, the number of unregistered fishermen and over-fishing has increased, jeopardising fishing stocks and the biodiversity of the area’s natural environment.

Challenges for the region include low levels of productivity in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, a lack of professional training, an acute shortage of jobs and a risk of poverty and social exclusion. The area has an aging population which is also a concern, due to the out-migration of younger generation. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

In total, 6.8km2 of the FLAG’s territory is protected including five Natura 2000 sites (Stârmina, Blahnita, Jiana, Gruia-Mare and Gârla-Mare). The FLAG area also includes two protected forests Stârmina (in Hinova) and Bunget (in Burila Mare). 

Population
22 125
Surface area (km²)
635
Population density
35

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is focused on the growth of the area’s economic competitiveness, stimulating and diversifying economic activities and promoting sustainability. Equal opportunities and encouraging innovation are also concurrent themes throughout the strategy. Other more specific aims include:

  • Increasing the standard of living in fisheries communities.
  • Improving social welfare in the area.
  • Improving educational systems.
  • Creating and maintaining new fisheries jobs.
  • Protecting and promoting the area’s cultural heritage. 
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
28%
Supporting diversification
5
56%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
0%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
16%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1
0%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 998 245
  • EMFF: 
    1 898 684
  • MS co-financing: 
    99 561
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

FLAG project examples and ideas include:

  • The purchase of boats, vehicles, refrigerators and fishing equipment.
  • The development of fishing grounds and ponds. This includes removing the natural silt from ponds, so they are usable for fisheries.
  • The construction and development of restaurants for the tourism industry.
  • The construction of recreational pool and pond sites.
  • The organisation of sport fishing events and competitions.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes two calls for projects a year. Project calls will be displayed in the ‘Project Release Announcements’ at the following link

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is newly established and therefore has limited expertise. The FLAG would like to cooperate with other FLAGs, both nationally and transnationally, on themes associated with the sustainable development of the fisheries and fisheries communities.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Asociatia Grupul Local Pescaresc Dunarea de Sud-Vest
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG consists of 17 members. These members include the area’s eight communes (Hinova, Devesel, Burila Mare, Gogoșu, Gruia, Pristol, Gîrla Mare și Vrata), five private businesses, two fishermen’s associations, and two environmental NGO’s (‘Asociația Centrul Ecologic Green Area’ and ‘Asociația Dumbrava Verde’). 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
17
% of fisheries actors: 
12%
% of public authorities and other: 
47%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
29%
% of environmental actors: 
12%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
4
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

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FLAG Contacts

Asociatia Grupul Local Pescaresc Dunarea de Sud-Vest
 
313, Judetul Mehedinti
2272245 Hinova
Romania
FLAG President:
Ms. Ana-Maria Toma
Phone:
+40 735 233 101
FLAG Basic contact:
Ms. Bettina Rosian
Languages:
  • Romanian (Mother tongue)
  • French (Advanced)
  • English (Advanced)
Publication date: 
09/11/2018
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