The legislation on aid for the planning and transfer of knowledge in the fields of forestry and biology provides for aid for the improvement and development of forest structure, planning and infrastructure.
Applicants must submit their application to the district authority with competent jurisdiction, which will notify them of the decision of the Nature Conservation Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts).
Who is concerned
Anyone wishing to receive aid for the purpose of drawing up a basic management plan must submit an application to the head of the district in question.
This aid is provided to cover some of the costs of drawing up a basic management plan.
The aid is available only for woodland properties, whether or not they are part of a jointly managed group.
In order to receive the financial aid, the basic management plan must apply to an area of forest land measuring at least 10 hectares.
The applicant must submit the application to the head of the district in writing before work commences.
How to proceed
Filing an application
When submitting an application, the applicant must state the following on the form:
- their surname and first name;
- their address;
- their telephone number;
- their banking institution and account number;
- their national identification number;
- the total area of forest land affected by the project.
If the applicant owns a farm, they must also state:
- the farm holding number;
- the farm accident insurance number.
The application must be accompanied by the following:
- a copy of the approved proposal from the consulting firm;
- list of plots for the property in question.
A copy of the receipted invoice must be provided once the basic management plan is completed.
The head of the district will inform the applicant of the Nature Conservation Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
Amount of aid
The aid covers up to 80% of the total cost, or of the duly accepted quote, if the quote is less than the total cost (including VAT).
When the grant exceeds EUR 15,000, the beneficiary can request that the aid be paid to the firm that drew up the basic management plan.
The basic management plan must be drawn up by a Ministry-approved expert, and must be validated by the administration.
A copy of the plan must be submitted to the administration before the money is disbursed.
The measures set forth in the basic management plan must comply with the principles of sustainable development, and must not cause damage to any adjoining properties.
The basic management plan must take account of the measures set forth in the management documents pertaining to the Natura 2000 network. It will only be approved by the administration if it meets the objectives of the aid scheme.
Repayment of support
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.