The area of South Western Sardinia is characterised by a jagged coastline and long sandy shores; the area has many natural protected areas, such as the Carloforte and Sant’Antioco Isles. Inland the area has a strong cultural identity and heritage characterised by a longstanding mining industry
The local economy is based mainly on the extraction of many minerals in the territory of Iglesias and for the extraction of coal in the Sulcis area. The area’s entrepreneurial landscape is based on tourism, agriculture and small-scale fishing. There are also many companies linked to trade and the construction industry.
The area’s main challenges include the relatively small size of its fishing enterprises and their market competitiveness. The environmental impact of the areas extraction industry is also an ongoing challenge for the territory.
The FLAG territory includes 24 SCI protected areas including the Carloforte and Sant’Antioco Isles.
The main objective of the FLAG’s strategy is to enhance the competitiveness of the area’s small enterprises, through the direct support to entrepreneurial development. This will be done by creating an advantageous economic environment through identifying and capitalising on territorial aptitudes and development opportunities. The FLAG has access to other types of funding that will be used to provide training and/or finance infrastructural projects.
National and regional
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG are:
The FLAG is interested in participating in international cooperation projects. Specifically, the FLAG will cooperate with the Sulcis LAG, on a project intended to create short supply chains for both land and sea products. This project will promote traditional, high-quality handcrafted products with the aim of combining a new market with territorial developments and the promotion of tourism.
The FLAG includes 14 municipalities, several fisheries enterprises, local authorities, trade associations and other representatives from the fishing and agricultural sector.