Hosted by Zagreb Zoo, Croatia (17-20 May, 2022)

Zoo Zagreb welcomes you!

From the Zagreb Zoo we send you words of worm welcome, but also a strong invitation to attend the EAZA Conservation Forum 2022, to join knowledge and experiences in designing and promoting conservation projects.

Today, when the disastrous pressure on nature and the environment strengthen day by day, everyone realise that only changes in the way of thinking and way of living can direct us to a quality future. And here is also the huge niche for the zoos and all other institutions and individuals that implement conservation work in their mission and made it an indispensable part of everyday life.

The question is how can we become more progressive, efficient and better connected?

So, come to Zagreb, explore Zagreb Zoo and Croatia. Get better insight in our projects of autochthonic fauna and meet present and future partners ready to share capacities and inspiration!

We are sure that this conference will generate new partnerships and empower existing and future conservation projects.

Let's join the forces, generate new ideas and have fruitful event!

Your Zoo Zagreb team

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EAZA Conservation Forum 2022

The furtherance of wildlife conservation has become the predominant objective of EAZA and its Members. It is clear that the zoo and aquarium community's role in conservation extends far beyond helping to save species through ex situ population management programmes. Through their links with in situ projects and professionals many Members of EAZA are active in the conservation of species, habitats and entire ecosystems. The EAZA Conservation Forum is a biennial event bringing together over 150 representatives of zoos and aquariums, conservation organisations, Universities and in situ conservation projects for three days to share knowledge, expertise and build bridges. 

From 17 – 20 May 2022, the EAZA Conservation Forum will be hosted by Zagreb Zoo in Croatia

The location of the venue is:

Hotel International
Miramarska Cesta 24
10000, Zagreb

Conference schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday 17 May EAZA Academy Course & Icebreaker (19:00 - 22:00)
Wednesday 18 May Forum Programme day 1 & Zagreb city tour
Thursday 19 May Forum Programme day 2 & Zoo Zagreb tour
Friday 20 May

Forum Programme day 3 & Farewell dinner (19:00 - 01:00)

Saturday 21 May

Optional post-conference tour to National park Plitvice lakes, Rastoke (town Slunj) and Freshwater Aquarium Aquatika: €70 p.p. (FULLY BOOKED)


Extending your stay?

If you plan to stay longer in Croatia after conference click here to find some nice places and locations to visit as suggested by the locals. 

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Please find the final programme here. Please note, additions and changes may still occur.


Keynote speakers

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed: 

Molly Grace

The IUCN Green Status of Species - identifying past and potential future conservation impact

Wadham College | Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Co-Chair, IUCN Green Status of Species Working Group

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Dušan Jelić

Conservation in Southeast Europe – opportunities and challenges

President of Croatian Institute for Biodiversity; CEO at BIOTA Ltd

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Pricing schedule

Full conference, early rate  €280
Full conference, regular rate €335
Single day, early rate €93
Single day, regular rate €112

Student discount fees are not available. 

Optional costs:

  • EAZA Academy course (EAZA members): €130
  • EAZA Academy course (Non-EAZA members): €165
  • Post-conference day tour to Plitvice, Rastoke and Aquatika: €70 (FULLY BOOKED)

For questions about conference logistics and registration, please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net
For questions relating to the programme, please contact merel.zimmermann@eaza.net


Travel requires all visitors to comply with current health and safety guidelines. Please ensure that you review the current travel measures, as well as guidelines in effect both nationally and regionally.

More information can be found on Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia page.

This site contains information regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia considering temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has created a useful interactive map with marked active Covid-19 cases. For more detailed information about the Corona virus situation in Croatia please click here

Please take notice of the following EAZA Events cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the event starts you will be reimbursed the full registration fee minus €50,- handling charges.
  • If you cancel less than four weeks before the event starts you will be charged 25% of the fees.
  • If you cancel less than two weeks before the event starts you will be charged 50% of the fees. 

Cancellations one week prior to the event will not be refunded

It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation for the Academy course/EAZA Conservation Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.

Covid cancellation policy

  • If the entire event has to be cancelled due to local Covid restrictions and/or national increased Covid prevention measures you will receive a full refund minus €30,-
  • If a registered participant has to cancel due to Covid-related disease and/or travel restrictions caused by Covid the regular EAZA cancellation policy, as stated above, will be applied.

EAZA Academy course

Tuesday 17 May, the day before the Conservation Forum starts, Jamie Copsey, (Director of Training, IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group) will deliver the EAZA Academy course 'An Introduction to Collaborative Conservation Planning'. 

The participation cost is €130 for EAZA Members, and €165 for non-EAZA Members. 

More information about the course can be found here. If you have any questions about the course or registration please email laura.myers@eaza.net putting the course title in the subject line.

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The venue for the EAZA Conservation Forum 2022 is Hotel International. The Hotel International is located in the heart of the city’s business district. The city centre, with its historic, cultural sites and institutions, is accessible on foot or by tram.

80 rooms (40 singles and 40 doubles) have been blocked for conference delegates until 10 April 2022.  Go to https://www.maistra.com/hr/hotel-international-zagreb and use the promo code CF2022Zagreb when making the booking. 


Room prices (including discount)

Single bedroom (with breakfast) €82
Double bedroom with breakfast) €89

Plus additional tax €1,10 per day

Other hotels in close vicinity of the conference venue:

Hotel Single room Double room Venue distance (public transport) Venue distance (by foot) Contact
Hotel Central €86 €107 13 min (different tram lines)  16 min (1.2 km) info@hotel-central.hr   
Hotel Garden €88 €90 12 min (one tram line)  16 min (1.2 km) info@gardenhotel.hr
Hotel Like  €95 €100 21 min (one tram line)  28 min (2.3 km) info@arthotellike.hr 
Hotel Zagreb  €45 €65 19 min (one tram line)  32 min (2.5 km) info@hostelzagreb.com.hr
Hotel Jadran  €65 €70 24 min (one tram line)  29 min (2.3 km) jadran@hup-zagreb.hr
Meridijan 16  €59 €78 10 min (one tram line)  23 min (1.8 km) desk@meridijan16.com
Hotel Fala  n/a €47 14 min (with bus line)  18 min (1.4 km) info@hotelfala.hr
Fancy Hostel €23 €33 10 min (one tram line)  12 min (950 m) info@fancyhostel.com 
Palmers Lodge Hostel n/a €45 16 min (different tram lines)  17 min (1.5 km) bookings@palmerslodge.com.hr 

Gala dinner

Friday, 20 May, 2022
Medvedgrad - Nature Park Medvednica

On the southern slope of Mount Medvednica, at the top of the hill Mali Plazur at an altitude 593 meters above sea level, nests a picturesque medieval castle which has been watching over Zagreb for eight centuries. Mount Medvednica is a very rare example of a nature park merging with a capital city. It is the area in which natural, cultural and historic values interlace and depend on each other. Castle was built in 1254, after the catastrophic invasion of Tatars who had raided and devastated this area, burning and razing to the ground the two settlements which later became the city of Zagreb: the burgher’s Gradec and the bishop’s Kaptol.


Although built in order to protect the burghers, the bishop and the ecclesiastical treasure, castle Medvedgrad commanded such a perfect strategic site that it was perpetually in the centre of proprietary and political turmoil. In its history it changed many lords, who won or lost it through marriage, purchase and sale, intrigue or even plotting. Even though magnificently fortified and always ready for battle, Medvedgrad was never attacked. Medvedgrad was abandoned in 1590, after the fortress was devastated by a terrible earthquake, and its last lords moved to their much more modern and comfortable manor in Šestine. Nowadays the visitors of Medvedgrad can explore this ancient castle with a guide and elucidate the “dark” Middle Ages.


Transport from Hotel Internacional to Medvedgrad, as well as return back to Hotel Internacional (in a few terms), will be organized.
Self-arranged transport is possible by Taxi service.

* All scheduled departure times will be announced later.

Dress code
Optional, but we suggest casual. Flat shoes and some long sleeves or jacket for the evening.
The climate of Medvednica is different from that of the lowland – the temperatures are lower on average.

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Poster abstracts

During the Conservation Forum the EAZA Conservation Committee strives to create a meaningful platform where the zoo and aquarium community as well as the field conservation community can discuss and exchange experiences in conservation and continue to build bridges between the two worlds.

Abstract submission for presentations has now closed, but there is still room in the programme for posters. Please submit your abstract for posters online through Oxford Abstracts.

Please note, you will be prompted to create an account to be able to submit your abstract. Questions? Please contact merel.zimmermann@eaza.net

For the 2022 edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum we aim to provide an interesting and diverse programme based on abstracts where one of the following themes is clearly addressed. 

1. Collaborating for conservation

Showcasing collaborations between zoos/aquariums and universities, NGO’s/projects, companies and (local) authorities for conservation. The aim is to give ideas and inspiration on how to get these collaborations started and highlight specific zoo/aquarium contributions and expertise directly used for field conservation and vice versa.

2. Measuring impact of conservation

Showcasing methods to measure or monitor impact of conservation efforts, small and large, and share how you have used the outcomes to improve and adapt. The aim is to highlight experiences with different existing methods or tools and discuss challenges of developing, selecting and implementing them for different scopes and on different scales.

3. Funding conservation

Showcasing projects supported with (EU LIFE or other) funding mechanisms and exploring opportunities for raising and receiving funds/grants for conservation purposes. The aim is to provide a varied overview of where and how you attained these funds and how they have contributed to your efforts for the conservation of species.

4. Conservation in South East Europe

As the Forum will be held in Croatia, presentations on conservation efforts following national or regional conservation action plans or strategies from Croatia and surrounding countries are particularly welcome.

5. Saving species together with you

In 2021, EAZA Members confirmed their high ambitions by adopting EAZA’s new vision statement: “Progressive zoos and aquariums saving species together with you.” This ambition integrates the EAZA community in the global puzzle of biodiversity conservation. Abstracts aiming to explore or showcase the potential of zoos and aquariums in the context of ongoing conservation work towards species-oriented goals of species action plans are welcome.

 Important to note is that there are different formats accepted for your contribution; oral presentations, posters, movies, workshops, discussion sessions.



Travel to Zagreb

Travel requires all visitors to comply with current health and safety guidelines. Please ensure that you review the current travel measures, as well as guidelines in effect both nationally and regionally.

Certain epidemiological measures have been introduced for some Croatian counties, while more information can be found on the official GovernmentCovid-19: www.koronavirus.hr

The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has created a useful interactive map with marked active Covid-19 cases that may be found here : https://www.croatiacovid19.info/

For more detailed information about the Corona virus situation in Croatia please click here

Arriving by air

Like all major cities in the world, Zagreb has an airport nearby. Just 17 km from the centre, 20 – 25 minutes by car, the modern Zagreb Airport (Zračna luka Franjo Tuđman) will offer you all the necessary facilities and services, whether you’re a local or a tourist, so your journey through our city can start and end pleasantly. Located in the vicinity of Velika Gorica, Zagreb Airport is a centre for every renowned airline, numerous rent-a-car offices, and restaurants. It has a large and secure parking lot, which adds to your comfort and makes your stay in our city carefree.

Bus connections between Zagreb Airport and Zagreb:



  • „Pleso prijevoz“ bus line: Zagreb Airport – Zagreb main bus station (travel time is 35 – 40 minutes). One-way ticket costs 30,00 kuna (around 4,00 euros). A time table can be found here: https://plesoprijevoz.hr/en/time-table/
  • ZET bus line 290: Zagreb Airport – Kvaternik square. For a time table please click here

Taxi connections between Zagreb Airport and Zagreb:

  • Traveling time is about 30 min or longer if you travel during a rush hour. Be aware that most of airport taxis (depending on company) are several times more expensive than city taxis, so drive from Airport to the city cost much more than drive from city to the Airport.

Arriving by train

The Main Railway Station is on King Tomislav Square, just a 10 minute walk from the centre. Beside its primary function, receiving passengers, the  Main Railway Station, like all modern stations, offers other amenities to modern travelers: cloakroom, seat reservation office, information booth, money exchange, restaurants, advertizing, lost and found office and car transport by rail.

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Arriving by car

Major international road routes are: Trieste-Ljubljana-Zagreb, Graz-Maribor-Zagreb, Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Zagreb, Budapest-Varaždin-Zagreb, Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway

Arriving by bus

The bus terminal is on Marin Držić Avenue, and it’s only a few minutes away from Ban Josip Jelačić Square by tram (line 6). More information can be found here: https://www.akz.hr/en

Public transport in Zagreb

 Zagreb Municipal Transit System (ZET) operates trams and buses.  Tickets can be bought at news-stands, in trams and on the buses, but are less expensive if bought at news-stands. You can check Ticket prices here. 

ZET uses the following types of tickets:

  • single tickets
  • daily tickets
  • monthly passes
  • yearly passes and yearly cards

When entering a vehicle, the passengers are obliged to validate their single or daily ticket, or show their travel pass or any other valid ZET document serving as a travel ticket to the driver.


Photo credits

  • Header image: Medvedgrad optimizirano by Zoran Jelaca
  • Conferene venue by the Hotel International
  • Zagreb Cathedral by Ivo Biocina
  • Nature park Telascica by Ivo Biocina

Plus images used on https://www.eaza.net/events/eaza-conservation-forum-2020/travel-tips/:

  • Split peristil by Denis Peros
  • National Park Krka by Zoran Jelaca
  • Dubrovnik by Ivo Biocina
  • National Park Risnjak by Ivo Biocina
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The EAZA Conservation Forum is supported by the European Union LIFE NGO funding programme. The European Union is not responsible for the views displayed in publications and/or in conjunction with the activities for which the grant is used.