The regulation on financial aid to help improve professional qualifications and encourage knowledge transfer provides for an aid scheme to promote knowledge transfer in the area of sustainable forest management, including popularisation, informational and promotional activities.
Anyone wishing to apply must file their application in writing with the director of the Nature and Forest Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts), who will inform them of the Agency's decision.
The aid scheme is available to:
This aid is available for the organisation of activities to popularise, disseminate information on, and promote sustainable forest management.
Organisations that wish to undertake a project must submit an application beforehand.
To receive this aid, the projects must:
o their goals;
o their projected duration;
o their monetary cost;
o the forest property owners or forestry firms who may benefit from the aid, where applicable;
o the sources of funding for that portion of the costs not covered by government aid;
When submitting an application, the applicant must state the following on the form:
The application must be accompanied by the following:
A report on the results obtain must be submitted once the activities have been implemented.
The director of the Nature and Forest Agency will inform the applicant of the Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
The degree of aid is set at 50% of the total amount of the expenses approved by the Minister, including VAT.
Once the administration has verified the authenticity and legitimacy of the expenses, the aid is paid at the end of the project, subject to a statement of acceptance.
Any aid paid out must be repaid to the State Treasury when:
If a false declaration is found to have been made through gross negligence or through failure to adhere to the principles of good forestry practices, the beneficiary is precluded from receiving aid for the year in question.
If they make a deliberate misrepresentation, they are excluded for the following year as well.
Demande d’aide pour une activité de vulgarisation, d’information ou de promotion