The area covers seven municipalities north of the city of Warsaw, and is unique in the Mazovia region in that 8% of its surface is covered by water. This is due in part to the meeting of three large rivers: the Vistula, the Narew and the Bug. The population is increasing due to migration from the capital. Services and small-scale production dominate the economy.
The Zegrze Lake is an important asset for the area, offering opportunities for angling and recreation. However, it faces the challenge of eutrophication and it is important to raise awareness of this and other environmental issues. The tourist potential of the lake is not yet sufficiently exploited.
There are six Natura 2000 areas
The FLAG strategy focuses on raising the environmental awareness of the inhabitants, since this is essential to maintain tourism potential and high quality of life. The strategy also aims to promote sustainable use of the Zegrze Lake waters to develop tourism, fisheries, and recreational business activities.
The total budget of the integrated strategy is €5 300 000 and the EAFRD is the Lead Fund.
The key members from the social sector include the Polish Anglers’ Association (Mazowsze branch) – this is also the key representative of fisheries; local development associations and other NGOs. The business sector is represented by SMEs from the sectors of tourism, renewable energy and furniture production. The public sector is represented by the seven municipalities and three county administrations, municipal cultural centres etc.