Legislation on financial aid to maintain and improve the ecosystemic benefits provided by forests includes an aid scheme aimed at protecting and safeguarding endangered, severely endangered or critically endangered plant and animal species in the forest environment.
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 to protect and safeguard endangered, severely endangered or critically endangered plant and animal species in the forest environment must apply to the head of the relevant district.
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 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, the applicant must also provide a copy of the receipted invoice.
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 is designed to cover a portion of the management costs, to the following levels:
The aid is disbursed once the work has been completed, and a formal acceptance report is issued.
The property owner makes a commitment for a period of at least 5 years.
The beneficiary is required to sign a management agreement with the Minister. That agreement defines:
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 en vue du maintien et de l’amélioration des services écosystémiques rendus par la forêt - Protection spécifique d'espèces animales et végétales rares et menacées en milieu forestier
Förderantrag zum spezifischen Schutz von seltenen und bedrohten Tier-und Pflanzenarten in Waldgebieten