Collaborative strategies to improve local capacities and the quality of life in the communities.

HAZI is an organisation designed to channel and align the guidelines of the Deputy Directorate of Agriculture, Fishing and Food Policies of the Basque Government with the needs and opportunities offered by rural areas and those dependent on fishing. To do this, it performs work to enhance coordination with local agents, using the different existing planning instruments as a reference.

The aim is to achieve balanced regional development and take advantage of the existing opportunities in each area, exploiting local resources and involving local organisations in the revitalisation and cohesion of the region.

Coordination with local agents

HAZI’s challenge is to consolidate networking with local agents, taking advantage of resources and knowledge to generate a greater impact in rural areas and those dependent on fishing.

Rural Development Associations

Rural Development Associations (RDA) are the key organisations involved in rural development actions in the regions. Rural Development Law 10/1998, of 8 April, recognises these associations as instruments for the participation and collaboration of economic and social agents in the rural development initiatives in their regions. In this context, HAZI prioritises collaboration and coordination with the Basque Rural Development Associations.

Mendinet

The Association for Progress in Rural Development, MENDINET, is the Basque Country’s Local Action Group (LAG) and is made up of the 18 Rural Development Associations together with HAZI, which performs the role of Technical Secretariat. This body is responsible for managing LEADER grants in the Basque Country and advising any individuals and legal entities, private or public, interested in launching a rural development project in a LEADER area.

Itsas Garapen Elkartea, FLAG

Itsas Garapen Elkartea, FLAG, is the Basque local fishing and aquaculture action group and is made up of the Federation of Biscay and Gipuzkoa Cooperatives (Federación de Cofradias de Bizkaia y Gipuzkoa), the Biscay Association of Tinned and Salted Fish (Asociación de Conservas y Salazones de Bizkaia), the Association of Tinned Fish Manufacturers of Gipuzkoa (Asociación de Fabricantes de Conservas de Pescado de Gipuzkoa), the Federation of Fish Marketers of the Basque Country (Federación de Comercializadores de Pescado de Euskadi), the Ondarroa Organisation of Deep Sea Fishing Producers (Federación de Comercializadores de Pescado de Euskadi) and the Federation of Female Sea Workers (Federación de Mujeres Trabajadoras del Mar). HAZI performs the role of Technical Secretariat.

The main objectives of this group are to support the fishing and aquaculture sector and the fishing towns through the diversification of economic activity and create new employment opportunities.

Female Sea Workers

HAZI participates in the promotion of groups for women in the fishing sector, in collaboration with the Federation of Female Sea Workers-Itsas Emakume Langileen Federazioa.

Project development

HAZI identifies and develops priority and pilot projects in rural areas that reflect topics of common interest.

LABEAN, generating social innovation in the rural environment

Social innovation-based project that aims to support the socio-economic development of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the Basque Country: Añana, Montaña Alavesa and Enkarterri. Agents, entrepreneurs, companies, associations and the public share common spaces and objectives in order to generate new working dynamics and relationships that contribute to transforming the region and improving the quality of life of the rural population. It aims to build a new model of networking to find new solutions to old problems.

Planning

Using Law 10/1998, of 8 April, on Rural Development (RDL), as a foundation, HAZI leads and coordinates the preparation of the 2015-2020 District Rural Development Programmes in the 18 regions of the Basque Country, in collaboration with the Basque Government and the Rural Development Associations.

District Rural Development Programmes

Article 4 of Law 10/1998, of 8 April, on Rural Development, states that “the policies specifically aimed at the development of rural areas in the Basque Country will take the form of Rural Development Programmes”.

Thus, since this Law was approved, over different periods, the district RDPs have been the planning tools used for focussing the strategies and actions aimed at the development of rural areas in the Basque Country.

Coordination with local agents

HAZI’s challenge is to consolidate networking with local agents, taking advantage of resources and knowledge to generate a greater impact in rural areas and those dependent on fishing.

Rural Development Associations

Rural Development Associations (RDA) are the key organisations involved in rural development actions in the regions. Rural Development Law 10/1998, of 8 April, recognises these associations as instruments for the participation and collaboration of economic and social agents in the rural development initiatives in their regions. In this context, HAZI prioritises collaboration and coordination with the Basque Rural Development Associations.

Mendinet

The Association for Progress in Rural Development, MENDINET, is the Basque Country’s Local Action Group (LAG) and is made up of the 18 Rural Development Associations together with HAZI, which performs the role of Technical Secretariat. This body is responsible for managing LEADER grants in the Basque Country and advising any individuals and legal entities, private or public, interested in launching a rural development project in a LEADER area.

Itsas Garapen Elkartea, FLAG

Itsas Garapen Elkartea, FLAG, is the Basque local fishing and aquaculture action group and is made up of the Federation of Biscay and Gipuzkoa Cooperatives (Federación de Cofradias de Bizkaia y Gipuzkoa), the Biscay Association of Tinned and Salted Fish (Asociación de Conservas y Salazones de Bizkaia), the Association of Tinned Fish Manufacturers of Gipuzkoa (Asociación de Fabricantes de Conservas de Pescado de Gipuzkoa), the Federation of Fish Marketers of the Basque Country (Federación de Comercializadores de Pescado de Euskadi), the Ondarroa Organisation of Deep Sea Fishing Producers (Federación de Comercializadores de Pescado de Euskadi) and the Federation of Female Sea Workers (Federación de Mujeres Trabajadoras del Mar). HAZI performs the role of Technical Secretariat.

The main objectives of this group are to support the fishing and aquaculture sector and the fishing towns through the diversification of economic activity and create new employment opportunities.

Female Sea Workers

HAZI participates in the promotion of groups for women in the fishing sector, in collaboration with the Federation of Female Sea Workers-Itsas Emakume Langileen Federazioa.

Planning

Using Law 10/1998, of 8 April, on Rural Development (RDL), as a foundation, HAZI leads and coordinates the preparation of the 2015-2020 District Rural Development Programmes in the 18 regions of the Basque Country, in collaboration with the Basque Government and the Rural Development Associations.

District Rural Development Programmes

Article 4 of Law 10/1998, of 8 April, on Rural Development, states that “the policies specifically aimed at the development of rural areas in the Basque Country will take the form of Rural Development Programmes”.

Thus, since this Law was approved, over different periods, the district RDPs have been the planning tools used for focussing the strategies and actions aimed at the development of rural areas in the Basque Country.

Project development

HAZI identifies and develops priority and pilot projects in rural areas that reflect topics of common interest.

LABEAN, generating social innovation in the rural environment

Social innovation-based project that aims to support the socio-economic development of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the Basque Country: Añana, Montaña Alavesa and Enkarterri. Agents, entrepreneurs, companies, associations and the public share common spaces and objectives in order to generate new working dynamics and relationships that contribute to transforming the region and improving the quality of life of the rural population. It aims to build a new model of networking to find new solutions to old problems.