22 U.S. Code § 2431g - Tropical Forest Agreement

(a) Authority
(1) In general
The Secretary of State is authorized, in consultation with other appropriate officials of the Federal Government, to enter into a Tropical Forest Agreement with any eligible country concerning the operation and use of the Fund for that country.
(2) Consultation
In the negotiation of such an Agreement, the Secretary shall consult with the Board in accordance with section 2431i of this title.
(b) Contents of Agreement
The requirements contained in section 2430g (b) of this title (relating to contents of an agreement) shall apply to an Agreement in the same manner as such requirements apply to an Americas Framework Agreement.
(c) Administering body
(1) In general
Amounts disbursed from the Fund in each beneficiary country shall be administered by a body constituted under the laws of that country.
(2) Composition
(A) In general
The administering body shall consist of—
(i) one or more individuals appointed by the United States Government;
(ii) one or more individuals appointed by the government of the beneficiary country; and
(iii) individuals who represent a broad range of—
(I) environmental nongovernmental organizations of, or active in, the beneficiary country;
(II) local community development nongovernmental organizations of the beneficiary country; and
(III) scientific, academic, or forestry organizations of the beneficiary country.
(B) Additional requirement
A majority of the members of the administering body shall be individuals described in subparagraph (A)(iii).
(3) Responsibilities
The requirements contained in section 2430g (c)(3) of this title (relating to responsibilities of the administering body) shall apply to an administering body described in paragraph (1) in the same manner as such requirements apply to an administering body described in section 2430g (c)(1) of this title.
(d) Eligible activities
Amounts deposited in a Fund shall be used only to provide grants to conserve, maintain, and restore the tropical forests in the beneficiary country, through one or more of the following activities:
(1) Establishment, restoration, protection, and maintenance of parks, protected areas, and reserves.
(2) Development and implementation of scientifically sound systems of natural resource management, including land and ecosystem management practices.
(3) Training programs to increase the scientific, technical, and managerial capacities of individuals and organizations involved in conservation efforts.
(4) Restoration, protection, or sustainable use of diverse animal and plant species.
(5) Research and identification of medicinal uses of tropical forest plant life to treat human diseases, illnesses, and health related concerns.
(6) Development and support of the livelihoods of individuals living in or near a tropical forest in a manner consistent with protecting such tropical forest.
(e) Grant recipients
(1) In general
Grants made from a Fund shall be made to—
(A) nongovernmental environmental, forestry, conservation, and indigenous peoples organizations of, or active in, the beneficiary country;
(B) other appropriate local or regional entities of, or active in, the beneficiary country; or
(C) in exceptional circumstances, the government of the beneficiary country.
(2) Priority
In providing grants under paragraph (1), priority shall be given to projects that are run by nongovernmental organizations and other private entities and that involve local communities in their planning and execution.
(f) Review of larger grants
Any grant of more than $100,000 from a Fund shall be subject to veto by the Government of the United States or the government of the beneficiary country.
(g) Eligibility criteria
In the event that a country ceases to meet the eligibility requirements set forth in section 2431c (a) of this title, as determined by the President pursuant to section 2431c (b) of this title, then grants from the Fund for that country may only be made to nongovernmental organizations until such time as the President determines that such country meets the eligibility requirements set forth in section 2431c (a) of this title.

Source

(Pub. L. 87–195, pt. V, § 809, as added Pub. L. 105–214, § 1,July 29, 1998, 112 Stat. 890.)

 

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