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H.R.411 - Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009
To assist in the conservation of rare felids and rare canids by supporting and providing financial resources for the conservation programs of nations within the range of rare felid and rare canid populations and projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of rare felid and rare canid populations.
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To assist in the conservation of rare felids and rare canids by supporting and providing financial resources for the conservation programs of nations within the range of rare felid and rare canid populations and projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of rare felid and rare canid populations.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PURPOSES.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(1) CITES- The term ‘CITES’ means the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, done at Washington March 3, 1973 (27 UST 1087; TIAS 8249), including its appendices.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) means the methods and procedures necessary to bring a species of rare felid or rare canid to the point at which there are sufficient populations in the wild to ensure the long-term viability of the species; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) except as provided in subparagraph (B), means any of the canid species dhole (Cuon alpinus), gray wolf (Canis lupus), Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), bush dog (Speothos venaticus), African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), and Darwin’s fox, (Pseudalopex fulvipes), including any subspecies or population of such a species; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) except as provided in subparagraph (B), means any of the felid species lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), jaguar (Panthera onca), snow leopard (Uncia uncia), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Iberian lynx (Lynx pardina), and Borneo bay cat (Catopuma badia), including any subspecies or population of such a species; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. FINANCIAL 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 rare felid and rare canids for which project proposals are approved by the Secretary in accordance with this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(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;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(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--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) ensure the proposal contains assurances that the project will be implemented in consultation with relevant wildlife management authorities and other appropriate government officials with jurisdiction over the resources addressed by the project;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) provide written notification of the approval or disapproval to the person who submitted the proposal, other appropriate Federal officials, and each country within whose borders the project will take place.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Criteria for Approval- The Secretary may approve a project proposal under this section if the project will contribute to conservation of rare felids or rare canids in the wild by assisting efforts to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) enhance compliance with CITES, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and other applicable laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of rare felids and rare canids or regulate the use and management of rare felid and rare canid habitat;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Project Sustainability- In approving project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to conservation projects that are designed to ensure effective, long-term conservation of rare felids and rare canids and their habitats.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Matching Funds- In determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to projects for which there exists some measure of matching funds.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(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.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) AVAILABILITY TO THE PUBLIC- Reports under paragraph (1), and any other documents relating to projects for which financial assistance is provided under this Act, shall be made available to the public.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- To assist in carrying out this Act, the Secretary may convene an advisory group consisting of individuals representing public and private organizations actively involved in the conservation of felids and canids.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. GREAT CATS AND RARE CANIDS CONSERVATION FUND.
(a) Establishment- There is established, in the Multinational Species Conservation Fund established in title I of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999 under the heading ‘MULTINATIONAL SPECIES CONSERVATION FUND’, a separate account to be known as the ‘Great Cats and Rare Canids Conservation Fund’, consisting of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), upon request by the Secretary, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer from the Fund to the Secretary, without further appropriation, such amounts as the Secretary determines are necessary to provide assistance under section 4.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- Of the amounts in the Fund available for each fiscal year, the Secretary may expend not more than three percent, or up to $100,000, whichever is greater, to pay the administrative expenses necessary to carry out this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Acceptance and Use of Donations- The Secretary may accept and use donations to provide assistance under section 4, and may make public on the Internet website and in publications of the Department of the Interior that the Secretary is authorized to accept and use such donations. Amounts received by the Secretary in the form of such donations shall be transferred to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit into the Fund.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. STUDY OF CONSERVATION STATUS OF FELID AND CANID SPECIES.
(a) In General- The Secretary shall initiate within three months after the date of the enactment of this Act a study of felid and canid species listed under the IUCN Red List that are not rare canids and rare felids (as those terms are defined in section 3), respectively, to determine--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Report- Not later than two years after date of the enactment of this Act the Secretary shall report to the Congress the determinations made in the study, including recommendations of additional felid species and canid species that should be made eligible for assistance under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
SEC. 8. INELIGIBLE COUNTRIES.
Clerk. 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 411 AN ACT
H. R. 411