EAZA and Research
One of the objectives of EAZA, as set out in its constitution, is "to promote scientific study". Keeping in mind the central place of conservation in all EAZA activities, this objective is interpreted in two ways:
- EAZA wants to assist its membership in increasing the effectiveness of zoo and aquarium research by furthering information exchange and by coordinating research efforts; and
- EAZA wants to promote the potential conservation value of zoo and aquarium research among authorities, universities and conservation bodies.
Zoos and aquariums provide a wide range of opportunities to study non-domestic species outside their home range. Zoos, aquariums and their partners are developing as one of the most substantial sources of scientific knowledge and activity, for the ultimate benefit of the survival of biodiversity, individual species and natural ecosystems.
Many aspects of the biology of wild animals simply cannot be studied efficiently in their original habitats, especially when the status of many populations and species is in decline and individual animals may only rarely be seen.
Research Committee & Research Strategy
Through its Research Committee, EAZA promotes, monitors, evaluates, benchmarks and guides research and establishes and supports regional networks of expert zoo, aquarium, university, museum and wildlife researchers. The EAZA Research Strategy sets out a clear and purposeful research vision and mission. It establishes primary goals and a detailed action plan with objectives that are specific, measurable, realistic and time-bound. Zoo research is set in the well-established and documented framework of ethics and obligations provided by the European Union Zoos Directive, the Convention on Biodiversity, and the IUCN. Also considered in the Strategy are important areas for research and development including veterinary care, legal, social and environmental issues, funding, outreach and the public understanding of science, education and technology.
EAZA Research Strategy 2008
EAZA Research Strategy 2008 - German translation
EAZA Research Strategy 2008 - Russian translation
EAZA Research Strategy 2008 - Spanish translation
EAZA Research Strategy 2008 - Swedish translation
Other Useful Resources
World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy (WZACS 2005)
BIAZA Research Guidelines
BIAZA Research Guidelines - Russian translation
EAZA Research Committee Newsletter - Issue 12 (2010)
EAZA Research Committee Newsletter - Issue 11 (2008)
EAZA Research Committee Newsletter - Issue 10 (2006)
EAZA Research Committee Newsletter - Issue 9 (2004)
EAZA Research Committee Newsletter - Issue 8 (2002)