The EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 will be hosted by Tallinn Zoo (Estonia) from 22-25 May
The furtherance of wildlife conservation has become the predominant objective of EAZA and its members. It's now clear that the zoo and aquarium community's role in conservation extends far beyond helping to save endangered species through ex situ breeding programmes. Through their links with in situ projects many members of EAZA are active in the conservation of habitats and entire ecosystems. The EAZA Conservation Forum is a biennial event bringing together over 100 representatives of zoos and aquariums, conservation organisations and in situ conservation projects for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities. The EAZA Conservation Forum 2016 was hosted by Fuengirola Zoo, information about this past event can be found by clicking here.
From 22 – 25 May 2018 this exciting event will be hosted by Tallinn Zoo in Estonia. More information on the 2018 edition will follow on this page in due course. Questions or suggestions for the programme? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From September 2017 onwards we will welcome the submission of abstracts on a variety of conservation themes and formats (oral presentations, posters, movies, workshops, discussion sessions (panel or knowledge café style). More details on how to submit abstract(s) will follow soon.
Conservation efforts in the Baltic region
As the host of this edition, Tallinn Zoo, is situated in the Baltic region, we are especially interested in showcasing conservation stories from the area.
From 2018 – 2020 the EAZA Conservation Campaign “Silent Forests” is focused on raising funds and awareness for the devastating impact of trade on Asian song bird populations. In line with this theme, we welcome abstracts which highlight conservation activities in regions affected by unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade in general, such as South East Asia, Africa and South America. Next to that we are also interested in addressing the issue from the angle of education, influencing behaviour change and sustainable collection planning.
Investing in conservation
Conservation support comes in many forms and levels; financial, in-kind and more. But how can one make the biggest impact with the resources available? How does one choose where to invest the resources. We are looking for experiences from both the in situ and ex situ world to make these choices as well as examples of how to effectively fundraise for conservation.
Fresh water conservation
We are interested to explore the roles different stakeholders (zoos/aquariums/private collections) can play in the management of freshwater species that are extinct in the wild and how to address the long-term survival planning of these and species on the verge of being lost forever; how can we pre-empt extinctions and come to the rescue? Furthermore, how can we halt the impact of invasive alien species when there is not yet a clear understanding by governments and funders of the threat to freshwater ecosystems. Next to that the management, handling and husbandry of freshwater species oriented projects as well as the role for zoos and aquariums to engage with conservation practitioners to improve success are of interest.
Connecting people to nature (conservation)
We are looking for examples on how to engage the many different target groups (zoo visitors but also local population and local governments) in conservation. How can the social sciences be incorporated into conservation field programmes. What sustainable choice can zoos and aquaria make for themselves and promote to their audiences.
We would like to invite submissions on conservation translocations (reintroductions, augmentations and conservation introductions). Especially submissions that provide a synopsis of conservation translocations at a taxa or regional level, and include quantitative outcomes or indices of success that can be incorporated into a meta-analysis are welcomed.
Under this theme, the topic of Rewilding would also be of interest and could include explaining the philosophy of this approach for habitat restoration, the opportunities for the zoo community, but also the limitations to be accepted in this concept.