VEGA responds to a Defra consultation on introducing a full cost recovery charging regime for CITES licences
VEGA responds to a Defra consultation on Introducing a full cost recovery charging regime for CITES licences
Q1. Do you agree that it would be most appropriate to adopt a variable rate? If not, please explain your reasons why.
Q2. Do you agree that it is appropriate not to charge for activities which currently absorb minimal resources? If not, please state your reasons why.
Q3. Do you agree that the proposed fee structure represents an appropriate way forward? If not, please explain why.
Q4. Do you consider it appropriate to charge selected bird breeders both for registration under the WCA and for CITES licences? If yes, how should such charges be calculated to be proportionate and fair?
Yes. If a bird breeder has one licence calculate a reduction for the other licence.
Q5. What is your preferred approach to the introduction of the new charging regime?
We believe that option 3 is the best option. As the income generated by the fees at the moment only reflects a small fraction of the cost of providing this service, there should be an increase in the fees. However, conservation and biodiversity bodies and NGOs often find it hard to find money for extra charges and therefore a phase in period would be best. There could be a review/survey after perhaps 2 years to check if the conservation and biodiversity bodies and NGOs can manage the full cost, and if there is a reason for extending the phasing out period.
Q6. Do you consider it appropriate for conservation related activities to have charges phased in over a three year period?
Yes, for reasons see above.