16 U.S. Code § 6303 - Great ape conservation assistance
(a) In general
Subject to the availability of funds and in consultation with other appropriate Federal officials, the Secretary shall use amounts in the Fund to provide financial assistance for projects for the conservation of great apes for which project proposals are approved by the Secretary in accordance with this section.
(b) Project proposals
(1) Eligible applicants
A proposal for a project for the conservation of great apes may be submitted to the Secretary by—
(A) any wildlife management authority of a country that has within its boundaries any part of the range of a great ape if the activities of the authority directly or indirectly affect a great ape population;
(2) Required elements
A project proposal shall include—
(D) a concise description of—
(F) evidence of support for the project by appropriate governmental entities of the countries in which the project will be conducted, if the Secretary determines that such support is required for the success of the project;
(c) Project review and approval
(1) In general
The Secretary shall—
(A) not later than 30 days after receiving a project proposal, provide a copy of the proposal to other appropriate Federal officials; and
(2) Consultation; approval or disapproval
Not later than 180 days after receiving a project proposal, and subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary, after consulting with other appropriate Federal officials, shall—
(A) consult on the proposal with the government of each country in which the project is to be conducted;
(B) after taking into consideration any comments resulting from the consultation, approve or disapprove the proposal; and
(d) Criteria for approval
The Secretary may approve a project proposal under this section if the project will enhance programs for conservation of great apes by assisting efforts to—
(2) address the conflicts between humans and great apes that arise from competition for the same habitat;
(3) enhance compliance with CITES and other applicable laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of great apes or regulate the use and management of great ape habitat;
(4) develop sound scientific information on, or methods for monitoring—
(5) promote cooperative projects on the issues described in paragraph (4) among government entities, affected local communities, nongovernmental organizations, or other persons in the private sector; or
(e) Project sustainability
To the maximum extent practicable, in determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to conservation projects that are designed to ensure effective, long-term conservation of great apes and their habitats.
(f) Matching funds
In determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to projects for which matching funds are available.
(g) Project reporting
(1) In general
Each person that receives assistance under this section for a project shall submit to the Secretary periodic reports (at such intervals as the Secretary considers necessary) that include all information that the Secretary, after consultation with other appropriate government officials, determines is necessary to evaluate the progress and success of the project for the purposes of ensuring positive results, assessing problems, and fostering improvements.
(h) Limitations on use for captive breeding
Amounts provided as a grant under this chapter—
(1) may not be used for captive breeding of great apes other than for captive breeding for release into the wild; and
Source(Pub. L. 106–411, § 4,Nov. 1, 2000, 114 Stat. 1791; Pub. L. 109–363, title VII, § 701,Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2081.)
References in Text
The Federal Advisory Committee Act, referred to in subsec. (i)(2), is Pub. L. 92–463, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 770, as amended, which is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
2006—Subsec. (d)(6). Pub. L. 109–363, § 701(1), added par. (6).
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 109–363, § 701(2), designated existing provisions as par. (1), inserted par. heading, substituted “may convene” for “shall convene”, and added par. (2).
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