Aid for the implementation of measures under the invasive alien species management plan
- Nationwide except the Åland Islands
- Public service
The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) for Kainuu grants government aid for the purpose of prevention, guidance and implementing post-monitoring of preventive measures in accordance with the invasive alien species management plan. The aid is discretionary and granted within the limits of the appropriation allocated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, provided that the Parliament indicates the above-mentioned required funding.
Aid can be granted for costs arising from the implementation of projects, guidance and post-monitoring. The aid application period opened on 18 October 2021.
Development and Administrative Services Centre (KEHA Centre) of the ELY Centres and TE Offices will process the payments in accordance with the aid decisions. Payment of the aid is requested in accordance with the decision in one or more instalments by using a separate payment application form.
Do the following
How to apply:
1 Apply for the aid through online services (in Finnish: Haitalliseksi säädettyjen vieraslajien torjunta-, neuvonta- ja torjunnan jälkiseuranta -avustus).
- Complete the application thoroughly and add the required appendices. Missing information, needs for further clarification and changing the application during the processing may prolong the processing. Detailed instructions for completing the application form are available at regional administration e-services and the ELY Centre website.
- If the ELY Centre for Kainuu requests you to supplement the application, submit the requested supplements by the set deadline or negotiate additional time with the authority.
- Once the ELY Centre has received sufficient and correct information for resolving the aid application, it provides an appealable decision in favour of the local ELY Centre. The decision is delivered to the applicant.
How to apply for payment
1 Apply for the payment of the aid in compliance with the decision in one or more instalments. Use the KEHA Centre’s payment application form.
- Submit the payment application in the e-service via the Maksatukset tab. You can find more information on how to apply for payment and the necessary forms on the KEHA Centre’s website: https://www.keha-keskus.fi/our-services-payment-matters-and-contact-details/
To whom and on what terms
Municipalities, associations and private and public organisations can apply for and receive the aid. Aid for the implementation of alien species control is meant for projects where:
- the project will combat invasive alien species, i.e. species of plants or animals included in the national or EU list of invasive alien species
- the project implements the invasive alien species management plan so that
- the target is an area where, according to the plan, the control of invasive alien species must be prioritised;
- the project uses the control measures or methods of the plan;
- the project is a cooperation project involving several actors (municipalities, non-governmental organisations, other public and private organisations), and
- the project includes measures to monitor its performance.
The project can also be a post-monitoring or pilot project for new prevention methods. Projects that are as comprehensive as possible at the regional level are prioritised.
The amount of the aid to municipalities is no more than 50% of the project costs. Personal work can be included in the self-financing share of associations and organisations. The aid decision can also contain other provisions that must be complied with.
Background and legislation
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry wants to prevent invasive alien species more effectively. The aid application to control alien species opened in October 2021. The aim is to strengthen cooperation between municipalities, NGOs and companies in combating alien species that have been determined invasive, and to promote measures to eradicate and prevent their spread.
The aid can be granted for both the control measures and projects that monitor and ensure the results of the control. The aid can also be granted for guidance on alien species and for new innovations in their control.
The aid is available for municipalities in particular, but also for associations, companies and other organisations. As a rule, the aid cannot cover more than half of the project costs. The applicant covers the other half themselves, which can also include voluntary work.
The control of alien species benefits the entire locality and area, and it promotes the return of the original species to the treated areas. The control of alien species is based on the act and decree on alien species, as well as the management plan to prevent invasive alien species.
The service is free of charge.