FARNET - the European Fisheries Areas Network
FARNET is the community of people, including experts, civil servants and local citizens from across the EU, that are collectively engaged in implementing a particular strand (Axis 4) of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) aimed at promoting sustainable development in EU fisheries areas.
Funding available under this new strand is targeted primarily at creating alternative economic activity and improving the quality of life in areas affected by a decline in fishing activities.
A particularly innovative aspect of Axis 4 is its territorial or area-based approach, whereby decision-making on the use of funding is delegated to locally established organisations, known as Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs). Decision-making is guided by a local strategy, developed by each FLAG in response to specific local needs and opportunities.
FLAGs, and others involved in the implementation of Axis 4, are assisted by the FARNET Support Unit, which facilitates networking at European level, building a “learning platform” that connects the growing knowledge and experience from across Europe.