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EU cash available for areas affected by forest fires

Solea after the fire in 2016

The sum of €250,000 is available for the restoration of areas affected by forest fires, the agriculture ministry, the Cyprus agricultural payments organisation (Capo) and the forest department announced on Tuesday.

Interested parties can apply for the money from March 5 to May 11 at 2pm under what’s called Scheme 8.4, which is part of the EU plan for rural development 2014-2020. Scheme 8 calls for the investment in development of forest areas and improving the sustainability, and Scheme 8.4 requires the relevant European ministries to “repair damage to forests due to forest fires, natural disasters and catastrophic events.”

“The main purpose of the scheme is to restore damage to forests and wooded areas due to forest fires and to resettle forest vegetation through reforestation work in the burnt areas,” the announcement said, adding that the first call for proposals was worth  €250,000.

According to the rules, the money is available for public and private forest owners including individuals, the church, monasteries and other religious bodies.

Interested parties can obtain the application manual for the scheme as well as the application form from the website of the rural development programme 2014-2020, the forestry  department and Capo

For questions about applications the public can contact the following forest offices: Nicosia 22-403738, Larnaca 24-304655, Limassol 25-872305, Paphos 26-804607.

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