FARNET Conference: “Sustainable futures for fisheries areas”, 3-4 November

European Commission conference on
“A sustainable future for fisheries areas”
3-4 November 2011, Square, Brussels

On 3-4 November 2011, the European Commission will hold a major conference in Brussels to present the first results of an exciting initiative to boost development in Europe’s fisheries areas. The conference will showcase 30 pioneering projects from across Europe that demonstrate the potential of this new, innovative approach.

30 ways to create sustainable fisheries areas
Fisheries areas throughout the EU are confronted with many challenges linked with the restructuring of the fisheries sector and efforts to safeguard fish stocks. Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) represents a new, experimental approach, which seeks to mobilise local people within fisheries areas to work together to develop tailored, local responses to these challenges, and to promote sustainable local development that builds on their areas wider potential.

To date, more than 200 fisheries areas in 16 different Member States have been granted Axis 4 funding to develop local strategies and support projects that draw on their area’s specific assets and potential.

Thirty of these projects will be presented during the conference, covering a range of themes, from the direct sale of fish and seafood, to new product development, tourism, environmental protection and more. Encouragingly, many of these projects are the fruit of new cross-sectoral linkages and cooperation, as well as the direct targeting of groups, such as women, whose potential contribution to the economic life of their communities has often been undervalued.

Conference details
The conference spans two half days. Highlights of the first day include:

  • The screening of four videos featuring personal stories from fishing communities in Denmark, Germany, Spain and France;
  • A discussion panel with experts and local stakeholders featured in the video clips;
  • An interactive exhibition showcasing 30 local projects, and a press conference with the Commissioner.

The second day will look more specifically at the potential in thematic areas such as pescatourism, new technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of women, and cooperation between fisheries communities. Thematic workshops will look at how fisheries communities can exploit opportunities in these areas in order to bring about sustainable local development.

Further details on the FARNET website

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