From 17 to 21 September, the Valencia Conference Centre is to host the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Annual Conference which will attract almost 1,500 people from Europe and the Middle East.
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Annual Conference which will attract almost 1,500 people
Formed in 1992, EAZA currently brings together over 400 zoos and aquariums in 44 countries in Europe and the Middle East. The conference aims to publicise its mission which is to facilitate cooperation in conservation, research and education in order to protect nature and its most vulnerable species.
This internationally renowned association believes that zoos and aquaria have a strong role to play in protecting nature and wildlife within their organisations and out in the field. This includes providing funding and manpower to in situ conservation projects aimed at protecting animal populations and their habitats; maintaining viable populations of animals in human care to ensure their long-term survival; educating visitors about animals and their habitats and providing them with the knowledge and opportunities they need to live sustainably as part of nature; and researching all aspects of animal biology to improve our understanding of animals and how they live and interact.
EAZA also promotes educational activities and advises the European Union, and other representative institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Council, about wildlife conservation, mainly through coordinated breeding programmes of wild animals including the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).
You can find more information on the website EAZA has set up for its Conference.