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FARNET Guide #11: Results-oriented CLLD in fisheries areas: six practical factsheets

The Common Provisions Regulation lays out specific requirements for CLLD regarding planning, delivering, measuring and demonstrating the results of local development strategies. This guide is composed of six factsheets, including real-life examples, designed to help FLAGs ensure better results through developing strategic objectives, selecting indicators and setting targets, collecting data and managing information, and adopting a results-oriented approach in all activities of the FLAG. It also provides some ideas about how to assess FLAG performance and how to measure the broader impacts of fisheries CLLD.


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FARNET Guide #10: Starting CLLD implementation in practice

As of the 2014-2020 programming period, the bottom-up methodology to local development can be funded by any of the European Structural and Investment Funds under its new name: Community-Led Local Development. As such, local development strategies may be implemented in very different types of areas, from rural to coastal to urban. This guide presents examples of applying CLLD under the different ESI Funds: EMFF, EAFRD, ESF and ERDF from the perspective of Managing Authorities and local actors. It also shows different methods of integrating the EU Funds at the local level.


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Sailing Towards 2020: Axis 4 in Action

This brochure has been developed for the "Sailing towards 2020" event, it highlights facts, figures and success stories from the 2007/2013 Axis4 program of the European Fisheries Fund. Stakeholders (FLAGs, Managing Authorities, project promoters) may use it as a source of inspiration for future projects; but it will also interest wider audiences, such as researchers, NGOs and/or the media wanting to know more on local development of European fisheries areas.


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Find out more with the 42 project posters showcased during the Sailing Towards 2020 conference.

FARNET Guide #9 Fisheries and Tourism: Creating benefits for the community


This guide has been developed to help FLAGs that would like to strengthen the tourism activities in their areas, while also ensuring that benefits accrue to the local fisheries community. In particular, it provides guidance on three areas that FLAGs will need to think about if deciding to suppport tourism in fisheries areas: how to include fisheries-related tourism in the FLAG strategy, how to develop and support quality tourism project ideas, and how to promote fisheries areas and their specific tourism offer. The guidance is richly illustrated with tables and graphs, and there are also 15 examples from FLAG practice.

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FARNET Guide #8: Marketing the local catch

In 2013, the FARNET seminar, “Marketing the Local Catch”, brought together stakeholders from across Europe to exchange ideas and experience on the marketing of locally caught fish and seafood.

This guide presents some of the options and tools fishermen and other local stakeholders can avail of to improve the marketing of the local catch, with the help of their Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). It starts by looking at some of the reasons for, and benefits of, improving the marketing of local fisheries products. It then looks more specifically at the role of FLAGs, and how they can assist in the development of marketing projects. Finally, two innovative ways to improve marketing locally (direct sales, Community Supported Fisheries) are presented, as well as three practical tools that can be used to improve the effectiveness of the marketing strategy: digital tools, experience-based activities and labels and brands.

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Axis 4 in a nutshell: a "pocket guide"

A new, user-friendly leaflet is now available, which summarises the key messages contained in the recently published FARNET Guide n° 7, “Axis 4: a tool in the hands of fisheries communities”. The leaflet explains the main features of Axis 4 and how it can be used to help fishermen, their families and communities. It provides a simple way for FLAGs and other stakeholders to better understand Axis 4, and to be better able to communicate its benefits within their community. The leaflet is available in 14 languages and will be distributed at all major FARNET events in the coming months. To order copies for distribution, please contact the FARNET Support Unit.


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FARNET Guide #7: A tool in the hands of fisheries communities

 In a relatively short period, Axis 4 has already shown that it can contribute to solving some of the main challenges facing fishing communities. In just a few years, it has managed to generate several thousand projects adapted to local needs and to bring a much needed dynamism to the local level. Axis 4 is first and foremost a tool that allows fishermen and fishing communities to take their future into their own hands. This publication looks at what this means in concrete terms for fishing communities in different parts of Europe. 

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                  In complement to this guide, FARNET has developed a new leaflet summing up graphically the main possibilities Axis 4 opens to local fishing communities. Click below to discover this “pocket guide” to Axis 4.

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FARNET Guide #6: Green Growth in Europe’s Fisheries Areas

Ecosystems are at the centre of all human activities: the quality of freshwater underlies the quality of food production inland; natural coastlines and sand dunes will be key elements in storm and flood prevention; and, of course, without properly functioning marine ecosystems, fish stocks would inevitably collapse and the farming of fish would be impossible. With this 6th edition of the FARNET thematic guides we aim to demonstrate, through both theory and practical examples, how FLAGs can contribute to attractive and profitable fisheries areas while applying some key principles that will help ensure environmentally sustainable development.
We hope that this guide will offer some reflections and ideas which will inspire and motivate Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) in achieving their goals as drivers of sustainable development in European fisheries areas.

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FARNET Guide #5: Diversification of Fisheries Areas

The current socio-economic challenges facing the European fisheries call for a wide range of measures to improve the livelihoods of fishermen and their families, as well as other inhabitants of fisheries communities. One option opened up by Axis 4 of the EFF is the economic diversification of fisheries areas.

This guide is addressed to those FLAGs which include diversification as one of the objectives of their strategies, as well as for potential beneficiaries wishing to implement diversification projects. It aims to address questions around why and how to diversify fisheries areas and includes an overview of different diversification options which can be adapted to help fishing communities around Europe build stronger economies for the future.

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FARNET Guide #4: Steps for Success

FARNET Guide Steps for successThis guide has been developed to support Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) in moving from the planning and development phase of activity to becoming fully operational.  It is targeted in particular at the second wave of FLAGs which are expected to come on stream in 2011.  The guide focuses on three themes which were identified as priority needs for support by FLAGs at the ‘FLAGs on the Move’ seminar in Gijon in the spring of 2010.  Each theme is presented as a separate chapter and can be read as such however the guide is designed to complement the first FARNET guide, the Start Up Guide for FLAGs.
The three themes are:
•    Managing effective partnerships;
•    Cultivating private sector involvement and investment; and
•    Active project development and selection.

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