Are you interested in revitalising a watercourse or reservoir, in renewing the greenery in your community or protecting it against water or wind erosion? Do you want to protect the biodiversity of both plants and animals? Resources totalling almost EUR 600 million from the European Regional Development Fund are available in the Operational Programme Environment (OPE) for such purposes.
The aim of support is to stop the decline of biodiversity and to increase the ecological stability of the landscape.
When to Apply for Grants
Municipalities, towns, regions and their unions, non-profit organisations, contributory organisations, national park administrations, state enterprises and state organisations, universities, public research institutions and individuals can apply for grants. For an exact listing of subjects the conditions for submitting grant applications, and more detailed information, refer to the Implementation Document. Your grant application can be submitted only during calls announced for a specific area of intervention. A preliminary updated schedule of calls is available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz/
Amount of Support
- Grants up to 90% of a project's total eligible expenses.
Areas of Intervention
- 6.1 The implementation and management of the NATURA 2000 network - Almost EUR 30 million have been reserved for this area, representing5% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
- 6.2 Support for biodiversity - Almost EUR 114 million have been reserved for this area, representing 19% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
- 6.3 Recovery of landscape features - Almost EUR 78 million have been reserved for this area, representing 13% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
- 6.4 Optimisation of the landscape water regime - Almost EUR 225 million have been reserved for this area, representing 37.5% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
- 6.5 Support for the regeneration of urbanised landscape - Almost EUR 87 million have been reserved for this area, representing 14.5% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
- 6.6 The prevention of landslides and rock avalanches, the monitoring of geofactors and the impacts of mining and extraction activities, and the assessment of non-renewable natural resources including groundwater resources - More than EUR 66 million have been reserved for this area, representing 11% of Priority Axis 6's resources.
Supported Project Types
The implementation and management of the NATURA 2000 network
- The development of supporting documents and declaration of the NATURA 2000 network.
Support for Biodiversity
- Measures to protect endangered plant and animal species.
- The provision of care for protected areas.
- Measures to overcome migration barriers - fish migration.
- Control and elimination of populations of invasive plant and animal species.
- The implementation of permanent measures to protect caves and karst phenomena.
- The modernisation and construction of visitors' infrastructure in specially protected areas, bird zones, sites of European importance, nature parks and geoparks.
Recovery of Landscape Features
- The implementation of vegetation measures in the landscape (the planting and renewal of preserves, alleys, solitary trees, windbreaks, territorial systems of ecological stability, etc.)
- Measures to generally preserve and improve the natural conditions in forests and specially protected areas, NATURA 2000 network, delimited regional and supraregional biocentres of territorial ecological stability systems and in priority areas of zones endangered by emissions.
Optimisation of the landscape water regime
- Support of natural spills in plain areas, the construction and renewal of retention areas, revitalisation of watercourses and wetlands, the construction of polders.
- Measures of protection against water and wind erosion.
Support for the regeneration of urbanised landscape
- Establishing and revitalising significant residential green areas, individual management and renewal of parks, tree stands, cemeteries, urban and community forested parks etc.
- Removal or securing of unused buildings and other structures in specially protected areas and territories included in the NATURA 2000 network.
The prevention of landslides and rock avalanches, the monitoring of geofactors and the impacts of mining and extraction activities, and the assessment of non-renewable natural resources including groundwater resources
- Stabilisation or maintenance of landslides and rock avalanches that pose a threat to the lives, health and property of people and property, and also monitoring focused on checking the efficiency of remedial measures.
- An evaluation of the total capacity of underground water reserves.
- Determining the possible negative impacts of mining activities, the proposal and implementation of solutions to prevent further endangering of the environment.
How to Proceed if You Are Interested in Obtaining a Grant
For detailed information on obtaining grants, see the OPE Implementation Document, the Guide for Applicants, the Guideline of the Ministry of the Environment for submitting applications and providing funds, and in the Binding Instructions for Applicants. All documents are available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz./
Glossary of TermsImplementation Document - A binding document providing information on support from the OP E. The document is available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz/.
Biodiversity - Biological diversity, versatility.
NATURA 2000 - A system of protected areas, created by EU member countries.
Essential Consulting Services Area Free of Charge
Free personal consulting services and application receiving are provided by regional centres of the Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the CR (AOPK). For a complete list, please refer to http://www.nature.cz/