10 -13 May 2016
@EAZAZoos, #CF2016

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!



Keynote speakers

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Jörg Freyhof

- Coordinator IUCN SSC Freshwater fish Red List Authority
- Chair for North Africa, Europe and the Middle East IUCN SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

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Riinu Rannap

- Research Fellow in Conservation Biology at University of Tartu, Estonia
- Habitat management and restoration of threatened amphibians in Estonia and Northern Europe


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Paul Jepson

- Member supervisory board Rewilding Europe
- Course Director MSc Biodiversity, Conservation & Management & Senior Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford







Click on the links below for downloading the programme (PDF format) and to see an overview of all accepted posters presented at the Forum. 


to the following EAZA members who have kindly supported some of the speakers in the 2016 programme through Direct Sponsorship!

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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:

  • Invite and sponsor your field contacts to attend EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 (Direct sponsorship)
  • Contribute to the EAZA Conservation Forum Sponsorship Fund (Bronze, Silver and Gold level) 

For more information about the EAZA Conservation Forum Sponsorship Fund and the several sponsor options click here.  

If you are interested in sponsoring future editions of the Forum, please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net.




Bioparc Fuengirola is honoured to host the EAZA Conservation Forum 2016, the year of the 15th Anniversary of the opening of Bioparc Fuengirola, formerly Fuengirola Zoo. Fundacion Bioparc is a nonprofit organization created within Bioparc Fuengirola and Bioparc Valencia, as a tool to develop conservation projects and outreach.

According to the statutes, "the purpose of Fundacion Bioparc is to promote the preservation of tropical and Mediterranean forests of the world, its animal and plant species, cultures, people and nations that inhabit them, through research, conservation, education, outreach and cooperation, and by developing sustainable projects both in situ and ex situ that contribute to this aim, and by producing documentaries that will help to spread these purposes ".

Fundacion Bioparc was established as "Fundacion Instituto del Tropico" in 2007, and is registered in the Ministry of Environment Foundations Register since 2009. In early 2011 has been renamed "Fundacion Bioparc" in order to keep with the two promoter parks a consistent corporate image.

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