For Partners

Western-Harju Partnership is a NGO that is founded with a mission to promote the rural life, support and carry out local initiatives in Western Harju Region in cooperation with local NGOs, entrepreneurs and municipalities.

Western-Harju Partnership is a local action group (LAG) of the European support-scheme LEADER. LEADER has been set up to act as link between European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the project implementers in the local area. It also means that the LAG has and important role in engaging 3 sectors (public, private and NGO) in setting and accomplishing common goals.

LAG Western-Harju Partnership (ELARD LAG code EE-004) was founded in 2006 and encompasses 77 members in 2 municipalities with a total population of nearly 20 000 people and territory of slightly over 1000 km2.

One of the significant characteristics of the area is the proximity (ca 30km) to national capital Tallinn. Strategy for the region for years 2014-2020 foresees that it provides high-quality living environment for their citizens and attractive tourism facilities and sites for guests.

As a regional development organization, Western Harju Partnership has 4 main functions:

  • consultation
  • project management
  • monitoring
  • communication

Our strategy for years 2014-2020 is focused on:

  • Boosting entrepreneurship of local people and communities
  • Developing and improving local products and services
  • Strengthening the local identity and cooperation in and between communities
  • Creating safe and neat living and visiting environment
  • Developing a regional marketing strategy and activities
  • Fostering cooperation of the region with national and international partners

We are looking for national and international partners who are have similar goals and are interested in same topics.

In period 2014-2020 we are participating in following international projects:

National LEADER cooperation projects:

  • Marketing of North Western Estonia I & II
  • Cooperation of Harju County LAGs

Transnational cooperation projects:

  • Coastal and Dune Management
  • 5*Nature
  • Water Tourism Development
  • Local Security
  • Circular Economy in Countryside
  • Living Museums
  • Dark Sky International – Argo Navis – Follow the Stars

Erasmus and Citizens of Europe:

        Upload the NICOLE project materials

        Municipal Profile EN

        IO2 NICOLE The Guidebook of best practices

Please contact us: Coordinator of cooperation projects  Kaire Luuk, + 372 5668 3996

Additional information: 

Introduction of Western Harju Partnership in Prezi:

Welcome to North Western Estonia:

Business environment:

Living environment:

Coastal area of Western Harju Partnership:

Introduction of Mud Month Festival:

Photo: Kalev Laast