Founded in 2006, the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is, according to its website, a registered non-profit organisation based in Germany that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of threatened parrots and their habitats. ACTP’s work involves both in situ and ex situ work, including the setting up and maintenance of safety net breeding populations.
Alongside its partners in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Dominica, Brazil and Australia, ACTP develops techniques and implements measures to protect endangered parrots from illegal trafficking. One part of its mission is to preserve parrots in their natural habitats, free from human influences. To this end, ACTP operates a facility in Germany where it breeds endangered parrots with the dual intention of releasing them into the wild and increasing the magnitude of captive populations.
The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots works with scientific institutions, international organisations and wildlife protection agencies, complemented by its cooperation with a large community of institutional and private breeding organisations. For example, it is involved in CITES’ affairs and it attended CoP-18.
The Guardian newspaper in the UK accused ACTP of being a secretive organization, which publishes no information on its website about its board or governance, no annual financial reports about its donors or other funding. However, the investigative journalists at The Guardian cited no rule-breaking (of CITES or any national laws whatsoever) in their article, and neither did they accuse ACTP of any animal welfare related management shortcomings.