Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of the European Union nature & biodiversity policy. Is the largest network of protected areas in the world. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
This project transfers and adapts pesca-tourism experience gained in Italy to the context of fishermen in the Var, France. Over a three year period, local actors, supported by Axis 4, have worked to establish the conditions necessary to promote pesca-tourism in the area. Fishermen have worked with local and regional authorities, environmental groups and the tourism department of the Var in order to put in place appropriate safety rules, ensure the necessary adaptations to fishing boats, and develop a coordinated tourist offer that could be promoted through the local tourist offices. Between 2009 and 2010 a total of 12 boats were equipped and approved for pesca-tourism activities. The fishermen involved have been seeing additional revenue of 30-70% for days when they take tourists out to demonstrate their profession. The experience is already being transferred to other areas in France and discussions are underway to harmonise standards for pesca-tourism around the country.