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.
Applicants must submit their application in writing to the director of the Nature Conservation Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts), which will notify them of the Agency's decision.
Who is concerned
The aid scheme is available to:
- groups of forest property owners;
- associations of communes whose purpose is to manage natural park land;
- associations of communes or public service institutions whose purpose is to protect the natural environment.
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:
- be aimed at promoting sustainable forest management practices which are compatible with the regulations on environmental protection and conservation of natural resources;
- contain precise information on:
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;
- cover a period of between 2 and 5 years;
- specify the name(s) of the natural or legal person(s) responsible for their practical implementation. These persons must possess the professional qualifications and experience appropriate to the nature of the projects to be conducted.
How to proceed
Filing an application
When submitting an application, the applicant must indicate on the form:
- their surname and first name;
- their address;
- their telephone number;
- their banking institution and account number;
- their national identification number.
The application must be accompanied by the following:
- the application file;
- any and all documents needed to oversee the implementation of the projects and track the expenses incurred.
A report on the results obtain must be submitted once the activities have been implemented.
The director of the Nature Conservation Agency will inform the applicant of the Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
Amount of aid
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.
Repayment of aid
Any aid paid out must be repaid to the State Treasury when:
- it was obtained by means of knowingly false or incomplete representations on the part of the applicant;
- the beneficiary has failed to comply with the conditions to which the granting of the aid was subject. In that event, the beneficiary must also pay interest on the amount given, at the legal base rate, calculated as from the day of payment to the day of repayment.
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.
Forms / Online services
Demande d’aide pour une activité de vulgarisation, d’information ou de promotion