WAZA Conference to Confront Major Crises in Berlin

Date: 2017/12/11

 

Over 250 leading zoo and aquarium officials from 46 countries will gather in Berlin to discuss key issues such as conservation, animal welfare, marine litter, illegal wildlife trade, and palm oil at the 72nd World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Annual Conference from 15 to 19 October.

 

WAZA Conference to Confront Major Crises in Berlin


Over 250 leading zoo and aquarium officials from 46 countries will gather in Berlin to discuss key issues such as conservation, animal welfare, marine litter, illegal wildlife trade, and palm oil at the 72nd World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Annual Conference from 15 to 19 October.

 

WAZA will discuss pertinent topics within the global zoo and aquarium community and examine how WAZA members can take up leadership positions.

The conference will also examine the social, cultural and physical benefits of zoos and aquariums. WAZA has chosen the theme, "Our Time is Now," to emphasise the pivotal role zoos and aquariums play in the global fight to protect wildlife and wild spaces.

 

"We are proud to be able to gather leading animal experts from around the world for our annual conference," said WAZA Chief Executive Officer, Doug Cress. "Zoos and aquariums already comprise a powerful conservation network and it is time for this community to move to the forefront of global conservation and environmental efforts. This conference will examine the importance of zoos and aquariums, as well as how they can work collaboratively with other international conservations."

 

Berlin Zoo and Tierpark Director, Dr Andreas Knieriem, is proud that Berlin can now welcome so many zoologists to this prestigious occasion. "We hope to use this meeting to share examples of best practices and set concrete goals for the future. We are very aware of the great responsibility we bear."

 

The WAZA Conference will feature special appeals to raise funds and awareness for conservation efforts on behalf of the vaquita porpoise and the saola antelope, two critically endangered species on the brink of extinction.

 

The WAZA conference includes a diverse line-up of keynote speakers, including: Darrel Webber, Chief Executive Officer of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES; Jon Paul Rodriguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director; and many more leading zoo, aquarium, welfare and conservation experts.

 

Rodriguez's presentation will examine whether the IUCN and its long-standing connection with zoos and aquariums truly makes an impact on global conservation efforts, whilst Solheim will explore ways to work with the world's leading zoos and aquariums to tackle biodiversity threats. Webber's keynote address will look at how zoos and aquariums have the opportunity to influence global consumer demand for sustainably produced palm oil, and Scanlon will discuss the global scale of the illegal trade in wildlife and how zoos and aquariums might help counter this crisis.

 

The 72nd WAZA Annual Conference will take place at Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm Hotel and is hosted by the three facilities that comprise the Zoologischer Garten AG: Zoo Berlin, Aquarium Berlin and Tierpark Berlin.

For further information, please visit: www.waza2017. For the most up to date conference agenda, please visit: bit.ly/2yI6omd

 

WAZA is the global alliance of nearly 400 leading zoos and aquariums in over 50 countries.

 

For more, visit www.waza.org or contact Communications Coordinator, Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen on communication@waza.org.

 

 

 

 

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