(13 January 2015) – The 11th edition of the FARNET Magazine, coproduced by AEIDL within DevNet EEIG, draws the lessons of eight years of local development in Europe’s fisheries communities and presents the challenges these communities have to address in the perspective of the new EU programming period 2014-2020.
In 2015, the new programming period for the European Structural and Investment Funds which will be starting on the ground will bring new challenges to coastal communities, especially those that are dependent on fishing as they will need to adapt to the new conditions laid out by the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFC).
But it will also bring new opportunities for these communities who will be able to use “Community-Led Local Development” (CLLD), the successor of “Axis 4”, under the 2007 – 2013 European Fisheries Fund, for the development of their territories.
The 11th edition of the FARNET Magazine draws on the bottom-up experience of a number of people who live the approach on a daily basis. Two reportages – in coastal Alto Minho in Portugal and on the island of Hiiumaa in Estonia – give insights into the life of two fishing communities and beyond, highlighting the diversity of situations faced by Europe’s coastal communities and the need for a local development approach.