The LAG’s objective is the efficient use of EU support in order to improve the development of rural areas in the region it represents. To achieve this objective, the LAG produces and administers a regional development strategy, which is put into practice through local projects and decision-taking processes, cooperation with social/economic partners and establishing inter-territorial and transnational contacts for cooperation, participating in various training schemes and providing consultancy.
Dzūkija Rural Development Partners‘ Association main goals are:
In order to achieve these goals the association creates, constantly improves and implements municipality rural development plan, sets its strategic, tactic and operative actions and implements activities consistent with the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.
Dzukija LAG prepared and during 2006-2008 implemented a pilot strategy “Rural Area Study and Preparation of an Integrated Pilot Strategy Seeking to Increase Quality of Life in Rural Dwelling Areas in Alytus County”. In the implementation of the pilot strategy the primary goal was to strengthen village communities and sociality of the people. For the received support funds the rural dwellers of Alytus region renovated ten community centres, worked on their computer literacy, deepened their knowledge of the old crafts and ethnic culture, organized festivals and camps for the young, built sports fields. But, according to Edgaras Gardziulevičius (Chairman of Dzukija LAG), some of the greatest benefits of the pilot strategy were the project drafting and administration skills acquired by the rural communities.
In 2008 Dzukija LAG split into 4 Alytus county LAGs – Dzūkija, Varėna, Druskininkai and Alytus district LAGs, all of whom prepared Rural Development Strategies 2010-2015 for their municipality territories. However after the implementation of the pilot strategy the biggest joint capacities stayed at Dzūkija LAG.
Besides the preparation of the Rural Development Strategy for 2010-2015, during 2009 – 2010 Dzūkija LAG implemented other important project “Trainings of Non-governmental Organizations of Dzūkija Region” funded by European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norway Financial Mechanism, Subsidy Scheme “Strengthening the Non-governmental Organizations’ Sector in Lithuania”. The objective of the project was to strengthen institutional capacities of non-governmental organizations of Alytus region. The NGOs improved their capacities to participate in LEADER as well as other programmes/funds and this way to contribute to region’s development.
In 2009 Dzūkija LAG implemented the project “Equipment of Dzūkija LAG Office”. The office was renovated and equipped with all necessary furniture. The project was funded by the national programme “State Support to Communities 2009”, provided by Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture.