The Congress finds the following:
(1) Asian elephant populations in nations within the range of Asian elephants have continued to decline to the point that the long-term survival of the species in the wild is in serious jeopardy.
(2) The Asian elephant is listed as an endangered species under section 1533 of this title and under appendix I of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
(3) Because the challenges facing the conservation of Asian elephants are so great, resources to date have not been sufficient to cope with the continued loss of habitat and the consequent diminution of Asian elephant populations.
(4) The Asian elephant is a flagship species for the conservation of tropical forest habitats in which it is found and provides the consequent benefit from such conservation to numerous other species of wildlife including many other endangered species.
(5) Among the threats to the Asian elephant in addition to habitat loss are population fragmentation, human-elephant conflict, poaching for ivory, meat, hide, bones and teeth, and capture for domestication.
(6) To reduce, remove, or otherwise effectively address these threats to the long-term viability of populations of Asian elephants in the wild will require the joint commitment and effort of nations within the range of Asian elephants, the United States and other countries, and the private sector.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §2, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2150.)
Pub. L. 110–133, §1, Dec. 6, 2007, 121 Stat. 1362, provided that: “This Act [amending sections 4264 and 4266 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007’.”
Pub. L. 107–141, §1, Feb. 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 13, provided that: “This Act [enacting section 4265a of this title, amending sections 3709, 4214, 4245, 4246, 4263, 4265, and 4266 of this title, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section 4214 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2002’.”
Section 1 of Pub. L. 105–96 provided that: “This Act [enacting this chapter] may be cited as the ‘Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997’.”
The purposes of this chapter are the following:
(1) To perpetuate healthy populations of Asian elephants.
(2) To assist in the conservation and protection of Asian elephants by supporting the conservation programs of Asian elephant range states and the CITES Secretariat.
(3) To provide financial resources for those programs.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §3, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2150.)
In this chapter:
(1) The term “CITES” means the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, signed on March 3, 1973, and its appendices.
(2) The term “conservation” means the use of methods and procedures necessary to bring Asian elephants to the point at which there are sufficient populations in the wild to ensure that the species does not become extinct, including all activities associated with scientific resource management, such as conservation, protection, restoration, acquisition, and management of habitat; research and monitoring of known populations; assistance in the development of management plans for managed elephant ranges; CITES enforcement; law enforcement through community participation; translocation of elephants; conflict resolution initiatives; and community outreach and education.
(3) The term “Fund” means the account established by division A, section 101(e), title I of Public Law 105–277 under the heading “multinational species conservation fund” [16 U.S.C. 4246].
(4) The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.
(5) The term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Agency for International Development.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §4, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2151; Pub. L. 107–141, §5(a)(1), Feb. 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 14.)
Division A, section 101(e), title I of Public Law 105–277, referred to in par. (3), is Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, §101(e) [title I], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–231, 2681–232. Provisions under the heading “
2002—Par. (3). Pub. L. 107–141 substituted “the account established by division A, section 101(e), title I of Public Law 105–277 under the heading ‘multinational species conservation fund’ ” for “the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund established under section 4265(a) of this title”.
The Secretary, subject to the availability of funds and in consultation with the Administrator, shall use amounts in the Fund to provide financial assistance for projects for the conservation of Asian elephants for which final project proposals are approved by the Secretary in accordance with this section.
Any relevant wildlife management authority of a nation within the range of Asian elephants whose activities directly or indirectly affect Asian elephant populations, the CITES Secretariat, or any person with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of Asian elephants, may submit to the Secretary a project proposal under this section. Each proposal shall include the following:
(1) The name of the individual responsible for conducting the project.
(2) A succinct statement of the purposes of the project.
(3) A description of the qualifications of the individuals who will conduct the project.
(4) An estimate of the funds and time required to complete the project.
(5) Evidence of support of the project by appropriate governmental entities of countries in which the project will be conducted, if the Secretary determines that the support is required for the success of the project.
(6) Information regarding the source and amount of matching funding available to the applicant.
(7) Any other information the Secretary considers to be necessary for evaluating the eligibility of the project for funding under this chapter.
Within 30 days after receiving a final project proposal, the Secretary shall provide a copy of the proposal to the Administrator. The Secretary shall review each final project proposal to determine if it meets the criteria set forth in subsection (d) of this section.
Not later than 6 months after receiving a final project proposal, and subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary, after consulting with the Administrator, shall—
(A) request written comments on the proposal from each country within which the project is to be conducted;
(B) after requesting those comments, approve or disapprove the proposal; and
(C) provide written notification of that approval or disapproval to the person who submitted the proposal and the Administrator.
The Secretary may approve a final project proposal under this section if the project will enhance programs for conservation of Asian elephants by assisting efforts to—
(1) implement conservation programs;
(2) address the conflicts between humans and elephants that arise from competition for the same habitat;
(3) enhance compliance with provisions of CITES and laws of the United States or a foreign country that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of Asian elephants or regulate the use and management of Asian elephant habitat;
(4) develop sound scientific information on the condition of Asian elephant habitat, Asian elephant population numbers and trends, or the threats to such habitat, numbers, or trends; or
(5) promote cooperative projects on those topics with other foreign governments, affected local communities, nongovernmental organizations, or others in the private sector.
To the maximum extent practical, in determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give consideration to projects which will enhance sustainable integrated conservation development programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of Asian elephants.
Each person who receives assistance under this section for a project shall provide periodic reports, as the Secretary considers necessary, to the Secretary and the Administrator. Each report shall include all information required by the Secretary, after consulting with the Administrator, for evaluating the progress and success of the project.
In determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to those projects for which there exists some measure of matching funds.
Amounts provided as a grant under this chapter may not be used for captive breeding of Asian elephants other than for release in the wild.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §5, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2151; Pub. L. 110–133, §2(a), Dec. 6, 2007, 121 Stat. 1362.)
2007—Subsec. (c)(2)(C). Pub. L. 110–133 substituted “and the Administrator” for “, the Administrator, and each of those countries”.
The Secretary may accept and use donations to provide assistance under section 4264 of this title. Amounts received by the Secretary in the form of donations shall be transferred to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit into the Fund.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §6, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2153; Pub. L. 107–141, §5(a)(2), Feb. 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 14.)
2002—Pub. L. 107–141 substituted “Acceptance and use of donations” for “Asian Elephant Conservation Fund” as section catchline, struck out subsecs. (a) to (c), which related to establishment, deposits into, and use of the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, redesignated subsec. (d) as entire section and struck out subsec. heading.
To assist in carrying out this chapter, the Secretary may convene an advisory group consisting of individuals representing public and private organizations actively involved in the conservation of Asian elephants.
The Advisory Group shall—
(A) ensure that each meeting of the advisory group is open to the public; and
(B) provide, at each meeting, an opportunity for interested persons to present oral or written statements concerning items on the agenda.
The Secretary shall provide to the public timely notice of each meeting of the advisory group.
Minutes of each meeting of the advisory group shall be kept by the Secretary and shall be made available to the public.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the advisory group.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §7, as added Pub. L. 107–141, §4, Feb. 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 13.)
The Federal Advisory Committee Act, referred to in subsec. (c), 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.
A prior section 7 of Pub. L. 105–96 was renumbered section 8 and is classified to section 4266 of this title.
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Fund $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2012 to carry out this chapter, which may remain available until expended.
Of amounts available each fiscal year to carry out this chapter, the Secretary may expend not more than 3 percent or $100,000, whichever is greater, to pay the administrative expenses necessary to carry out this chapter.
(Pub. L. 105–96, §8, formerly §7, Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2153; renumbered §8 and amended Pub. L. 107–141, §§2–4, Feb. 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 13; Pub. L. 110–133, §2(b), (c), Dec. 6, 2007, 121 Stat. 1362.)
2007—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–133, §2(c), substituted “2007 through 2012” for “2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–133, §2(b), substituted “$100,000” for “$80,000”.
2002—Pub. L. 107–141, §3, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), inserted heading, substituted “There is authorized” for “There are authorized”, and added subsec. (b).
Pub. L. 107–141, §2, substituted “2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007” for “1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002”.