WAZA Conference to Forgo Goody Bags

Date: 2017/10/12


and donate proceeds to conservation!


WAZA Conference to Forgo Goody Bags


The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) will ditch a conference staple – goody bags – in favour of conservation, at its upcoming annual conference in Berlin.





Goody bags, found at conferences the world over, are filled with promotional materials that often end up in the bin, creating unnecessary waste and expenditure. The bags themselves can also become discarded and quickly forgotten.


WAZA will forgo the traditional goody bags at the 72nd WAZA Annual Conference, being held from 15 to 19 October in Berlin. Funds that might have gone to provide those bags for WAZA conference delegates will instead be donated to support conservation projects.


The WAZA Council will determine what conservation efforts will receive the funds.


“We felt, as a conservation organisation, we should be setting an example, and we wanted to use those funds to directly benefit conservation and help save species from extinction,” said WAZA Chief Executive Officer Doug Cress. “We need to be more aware of our carbon footprint and we would like to strive to maximise our environmental and conservation impact.”


The 72nd WAZA Annual Conference will take place at Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm Hotel. The conference is hosted by the three facilities that comprise the Zoologischer Garten AG: Zoo Berlin, Aquarium Berlin and Tierpark Berlin. The conference theme is “Our Time is Now,” to emphasise the pivotal role zoos and aquariums play in the global fight to protect wildlife and wild spaces.


The conference will bring together leading animal  experts from around the world and include keynote speakers such as : 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.


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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