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   July 2016
  Results-oriented CLLD: 10 tools to analyze FLAG achievements and more”

Results-oriented CLLD: 10 tools to analyze FLAG achievements and more

The second FARNET transnational seminar “Results oriented CLLD in fisheries areas” took place in Helsinki, from the 24th - 26th May 2016. During those two sunny days, over 90 FLAGs, but also representatives from the World Bank, the EC Joint Research Centre and the FAME Support Unit took part in the discussions and exchanged on better ways of ensuring CLLD results on the ground and measuring impacts.

In total, over 140 participants from 19 countries got together to exchange on ways to develop better strategies, learn how to use SMART indicators and targets, design the best CLLD tools to develop monitoring systems, steer the delivery of fisheries CLLD and assess the broader impact of FLAG work. The future is now open for these to be used!

The event was also the opportunity to take stock of existing tools and methods which have been used by FLAGs from the 2007-2013 period, or recently designed by new FLAGs starting their operations for the 2014-2020 period. These tools were presented in an interactive “tool fair”, where FLAGs and other CLLD stakeholders from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Spain & UK showcased their best methods to gather, analyse and interpret data from their beneficiaries and territory. From participative websites to employment observatories, those tools give a series of ideas on how to ensure a regular, efficient and sometimes fun way of collecting your CLLD data. All are now available here, along with other presentations and outputs available on the main event page.

   Coastal communities react to refugee crisis

Coastal communities react to refugee crisis

Shocking images of people fleeing war, persecution, poverty and the impact of climate change have sadly become all too common on our screens. The desperate plight of those seeking refuge within the safety of the European Union has given rise to initiatives at local level providing first aid to migrants at the points of landing through to the European Commission’s action plan to promote successful integration of migrants within the EU and new “blue card” scheme proposals to simplify admission and improve the living conditions for highly-skilled workers from third countries.

There are many great citizen and community-led initiatives for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers happening right now, both within and outside CLLD. As concerns EU funded projects under CLLD, in Germany, the FLAG Tirschenreuth organised a "FISCHtival of cultures and pleasures" to make newcomers and area inhabitants meet and bridge differences around the love of good food. As regards initiatives outside EU CLLD funding, Peyrelevade, a little village in the middle of France, has welcomed migrants coming from Nigeria, Iraq or Kosovo who are breathing new life into the local school, football team and business, as they wait to have their asylum demands processed.

The deep compassion shown by ordinary people is proving to be a source of inspiration. Supportive action, taken at a local level, is making a big difference to refugees at the heart of this humanitarian emergency.

DG MARE is particularly interested in initiatives that support integration in the local community. If your FLAG has supported such actions in the past or is planning a related activity in the future or if you have information on integration actions supported by other organisations in your area, get in touch with info@farnet.eu.

Efforts to raise awareness about refugee support at local level are continuing. Expect to read more about them in a series of interviews in the next edition of the FARNET magazine.


1-3 July
"Carp fete" in Zator
Zator, Poland

12-15 July
International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) Conference 2016
Scotland, United Kingdom

14-19 August
International Marine Conservation Congress 3
Scotland, United Kingdom

24-26 August
LEADER Fair for Transnational Cooperation
Jäneda, Estonia

Lamprey festival in Carnikava
Carnikava, Latvia

30 August - 4 September
Hillsborough Oyster Festival
North Ireland, United Kingdom

All summer
Summer’s best seafood festivals in UK
United Kingdom
Other news
EMFF programmes in a nutshell: all 27 EMFF Operational programmes are now available on the DG MARE website. Learn everything there is to know about it here
Cooperation calls! with the first FARNET cooperation corner of the EMFF period, the results-oriented CLLD in fisheries areas seminar (Helsinki, 24-26/05/16) was also used as a kick-off for cooperation ideas to start flowing (see first ideas on the FARNET website cooperation page and discuss it on LinkedIn).
Cooperate across the Atlantic… the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference will take place in Dublin in September and focus on the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. FLAGs are invited to take part but also to submit their best projects to compete in the 1st edition of the Atlantic Project Awards. A fun way to ensure the visibility and future of Axis 4 projects funded between 2007 and 2015.
…and cooperate around the Baltic! The Estonian Rural Network Unit is organizing a LEADER Fair for Transnational Cooperation on August 24-26. LAGs, FLAGs, Managing Authorities, National Rural Networks and other organisations are invited to participate. More detailed program is available here. Register before July 20th at this link.
“What did they become?” looking at how an Axis 4 project is doing: the “A l’Ostendaise” Axis 4 project, supported by the Belgian FLAG between 2013 and 2014 has grown up! Thanks to the big success and visibility, the project is now self-standing and has attracted new private sponsors.  So, if you’re around Oostende, come and taste “A l’Ostendaise”!
EU Aquaculture Online: a one-stop-shop information source for everything #farmedintheEU! In May, a high-level event on Aquaculture hosted by Commissioner Karmenu Vella attracted 240 participants in Brussels, with the presence the EU Council and Parliament. The event was the occasion to highlight the progress made over the last years and further actions needed to develop a sustainable aquaculture sector in the EU. EU Aquaculture online: A must-click for FLAGs supporting aquaculture projects!
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