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Implementing Axis 4

Axis 4 2007/2013: it's all in the FARNET key

Access the FARNET knowledge with thekey.FARNET.eu

The FARNET key is a synthesis of the publications produced by FARNET during the 2007/2013 Axis 4 programme. It compiles all documents, good practices and outputs of the "Sailing 2020" conference on the results of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund and the future of Community-Led Local Development in coastal communities.

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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 #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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FARNET Guide #1: Starting Up


This guide has been prepared to assist current and prospective Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) and those working with them in the essential elements of setting up and operating an area based partnership and developing and delivering a local development strategy. Priority Axis 4 represents a new departure for the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in that it focuses on the sustainable development of fisheries areas. This area-based approach was introduced into the EFF Regulation for the first time in the period 2007–2013 and reflects the Commission’s recognition that the complex and rapidly-changing forces affecting fisheries area sand communities cannot be dealt with by traditional policies and tools on their own.   

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FARNET Guide #2: Cooperation

This guide is intended to assist FLAGs and managing authorities in implementing this aspect of Axis 4.Specifically, it aims to explain what is meant by cooperationin the context of Axis 4, the potential benefits for FLAGs and their areas, and how support for cooperation can best be organised and administered at national, regional and local level. The guide should prove particularly useful for the FLAGs that want to use cooperation to acquire practical knowledge that helps in the early stages of managing their partnership and implementing their local strategy.

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Examples of tools

The documents listed below are provided only as examples, to be used as potential sources of inspiration rather than blueprints. They are meant to be adapted to each national or local context. The following documents were produced from the previous seminars on Axis 4 meetings organized in Porto (PT) Marseille (FR) and Sevilla (ES). The Working Documents from Seville and the first part of the Working Document from Marseille are particularly relevant for administrations setting up Fisheries Local Action Groups.