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Encouraging good quality local STRATEGIES

The local development strategy is one of the three founding blocks of territorial development. This page contains a series of factsheets and examples of what a local development strategy for a fisheries area should cover and how to carry out the process of participative strategy development.

Encouraging good quality local strategies 

  • What the EFF regulation says
  • What to look out for
  • What to avoid in a territorial strategy

Main steps in building a participative strategy (the process)

The EFF Regulation insists that strategies for fisheries areas should be drawn up through a “bottom up approach” involving a representative cross section of local stakeholders. The objectives of this are twofold, firstly to fully utilize the unique knowledge that local actors have of their area and secondly to engage them in the development process and the FLAG. This factsheet focuses on the process of involving the local community in strategy development.

Key features of a good territorial strategy (the content)

The purpose of this factsheet is to provide guidance on good practice approaches to the preparation of a Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) strategy. It forms part of a suite of complementary guidance notes and, where relevant, cross references are identified. This factsheet focuses on the structure and content of the strategy

Guidance on criteria for selecting local strategies

This article offers a set of practical guidelines for evaluating and selecting FLAGs and their strategies for Axis 4 areas. Managing Authorities should find it particularly useful, but actors forming a partnership and preparing a local development strategy will also find useful insights. It highlights the importance of the internal and external logic within a strategy, how it should link to local needs, and tips for evaluating the implementation capacity of the candidate partnership.

Example of criteria for selecting strategies - France    

Examples of integrated strategies from fisheries areas from around Europe

Download the Frequently Asked Questions  

  • What is the meaning of critical mass?
  • Can the projects to be implemented in an area be pre-selected and presented as part of the local strategy in the FLAG application?
  • How can Member States assist the FLAGs in developing their strategies?
  • What kind of capacity building is necessary?
  • To what extent can the resources available for technical assistance be used to help in the implementation of Axis 4?