About LAG Kodukant Läänemaa
Our organisation Kodukant Läänemaa (“Our home – Läänemaa”) was established in 1997 to unite the rural areas of the County and to foster the development of Estonian villages. It was reorganized as an NGO in 2003. The same year a local information point for the villages’ movement was opened in a small town called Lihula, which launched a series of training courses on rural development.
In 2005 the first introduction of the LEADER program was given to the local authorities and later in the same year the NGO was reorganized into the local LEADER action group.
A long journey began to put together a strategy for the future. In 2008 the strategy was approved. At the moment, the NGO Kodukant Läänemaa with its 4 employees functions as the LEADER group in Läänemaa County. The first call for applications was launched in March 2009 to gain support for rural development projects.
The county is divided into 12 smaller municipalities and NGO Kodukant Läänemaa unites 11 of them. Kodukant Läänemaa has 61 members from all over the county, including 11 municipalities, 34 local NGO´s and 16 entrepreneurs.
The main goals of the NGO are to help preserve and revive traditional village life, and to boost its harmonious development, to support village economy, folk culture and nature conservation and to unite different associations of village movements.