Legislation on aid to maintain and improve the ecosystemic benefits provided by forests provides for aid to restore and improve the favourable conservation status of special forest micro-stands and their associated biocenoses:
Applicants must submit their application to the district authority with competent jurisdiction, which will notify them of the decision of the Nature and Forest Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts).
Anyone wishing to receive aid for the restoration and improvement of the favourable conservation status of such special micro-stands must apply to the head of the district concerned.
The land in question must be in a listed green zone. Areas where pesticides are used or where ground work has been done which degrades the soil structure (e.g. tilling and stump removal) are ineligible.
The applicant must submit the application to the head of the relevant district in writing before work commences.
When submitting an application, the applicant must state the following on the form:
If the applicant owns a farm, they must also state:
The application must be accompanied by the following:
Once the work has been completed, a copy of the receipted invoice must also be provided.
The head of the district will inform the applicant of the Nature and Forest Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
The aid covers a portion of the costs, at the following rates:
Aid is paid once the work has been completed, upon presentation of an invoice, proof of payment of that invoice or other supporting documents, within a period of 2 years of the initial agreement.
The aid is only granted on the presentation of a management plan which defines the specific management conditions and measures to be implemented to achieve the desired protection goals. The management plan must be authorised by the minister.
To receive the aid, the owner must undertake to comply with the management conditions and measures described in the management plan.
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 la restauration et l'amélioration de l'état de conservation favorable des micro-stations particulières en milieu forestier
Förderantrag zur Wiederherstellung und Verbesserung des Erhaltungszustandes von speziellen Mikro-Standorten und ihrer Biozönosen in Waldgebieten