BioParc Fuengirola was the proud host of the very successful EAZA Conservation Forum 2016
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is working hard to foster stronger collaboration on species conservation and especially on linking in situ and ex situ expertise. These mutually beneficial collaborations include supporting field projects, joint conservation action planning and priority setting as well as working together on species conservation direct actions and awareness raising.
From 10 – 13 May 2016 BioParc Fuengirola (Spain) was the proud host of the very successful 2016 edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum. 161 participants from over 100 different conservation organisations and zoos, came from 5 continents/32 countries to share their experiences in conservation and to continue building bridges between in situ and ex situ professionals. Next to more than 40 presentations and 4 workshops, there were a total of 28 posters available to view. A first for this Forum was the opportunity to show short films illustrating different conservation projects and activities.
During the Conservation Forum the EAZA Conservation Committee strives to create a meaningful platform where the zoo community as well as the field conservation community can gather and exchange experiences and build bridges between the two worlds.
Keep an eye out for details on the next edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum in 2018!
to the following EAZA members who have kindly supported some of the speakers in the 2016 programme through Direct Sponsorship!
EAZA strives to foster stronger collaboration related to species conservation and especially on linking in situ and ex situ expertise. You can contribute in furthering these partnerships by sponsoring the EAZA Conservation Forum in the following manners:
Contribute to the EAZA Conservation Forum Sponsorship Fund (Bronze, Silver and Gold level)
If you are interested in sponsoring future editions of the Forum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Director Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme
- Winner 2015 IUCN Harry Messel award for Conservation Leadership
- EAZA Species Champion
- Researcher at the Institute of Research in Game Resources (Spanish National Research Council/ University of Castilla – La Mancha)
- Partner in Project SOS Stork – White Stork migration in the face of change
Felipe González Sánchez
- Delegate Cantabria Province, SEO/Birdlife Spain
- Jardines para la biodiversidad de Santander: A pioneering project in Spain for integration of biodiversity conservation in the design and management of urban green areas
- Conservation Secretary and Head of Species Conservation Research Lab at Tallinn Zoo and member of the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group
Preceding the event, the sold out EAZA Academy seminar on "Funding for in situ Conservation Projects" was run by John Regan (John Regan Associates) and Neil Maddison (Head of Conservation Programmes at Bristol Zoological Society). The course provided an overview for conservation professionals about where to find sources for funding, and introduced the different techniques and approaches to be successful. Participants found the seminar 'very relevant, concrete and useful' with 'good mix of theory and examples'. The group had a broad range of backgrounds and we definitely could have filled a second day to really explore the wide range of examples and specific situations open to funding opportunities. A special thank you also goes out to Dan James, Director of Development at the Eden Project who joined the participants over Skype to talk about the power of crowdfunding.