LAG LIKA founded on 15 May 2013 and now operates in the area of the two towns (Gospić and Senj) and ten municipalities (Brinje, Donji Lapac, Gračac, Karlobag, Lovinac, Perušić, Plitvička Jezera, Rakovica, Udbina and Vrhovine). In addition to towns and municipalities, members of the LAG LIKA are from private and civil sector, a total of 60 members. LAG LIKA covers an area of 5,898.07 km2 where live 44 563 inhabitants in a total of 286 settlements.
The average population density areas LAG is only 7.56 inhabitants / km2 and is considerably lower than the average of the Republic of Croatia (75.78 people per km2).
LAG borders the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in the northwest, Karlovac County in the north, Zadar County to the south and southeast, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east.
LAG territory represents a link between Istria and Rijeka and the inner part of the Republic of the Adriatic coastal area. Accordingly, the LAG area is well connected with the rest of Croatia.
Rich natural resources, favorable geographic position, the timber industry as the most important export industry, the existence of a large number of built enterprise zones and plans to extend them the most important forces of the economy in the area of LAG difference.
Restrictions on economic development in the area of LAG FIGURE reflected in the lack of entrepreneurial spirit and inertia in adopting the changes, lack of intra and inter-sectoral cooperation, below-average economic competitiveness compared to Croatia, a low level of foreign direct investment, the concentration of SMEs and tourism activities in the cities and municipality Plitvice Lakes, significant differences in economic development among units of local government, and insufficient investment in new technology and innovation.
Furthermore, the LAG area is characterized by significantly lower average original income local government per capita in comparison to the average level of the Adriatic Croatian and Croatia, the existence of structural unemployment, poorly developed manufacturing industry and the decline in the share of total income of the economy, employment and profits.
What is a constraint in the agriculture sector are primarily difficulties in management, low use of agricultural land, unresolved property relations and the fragmentation of land and forest property.
LAG LIKA at the end of 2013 passed the Local Development Strategy LAG for the period from 2013 to 2015 which is in line with the objectives of the IPARD program. Based on well-made strategy LAG FIGURE 30 January 2014 signed an agreement on the allocation of funds from the IPARD program for co-LAG to the Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development (Paying Agency) in the amount of HRK 900,000.00 to finance costs through the implementation of measures 202 “Preparation and implementation of local rural development strategies” in the two-year period.