The World Species Congress: A Critical Forum for Global Conservation

Posted: 6 May 2024

The first ever World Species Congress is a significant event that will bring together conservationists, researchers, policymakers, and advocates from around the world to address the most pressing challenges facing the planet’s biodiversity. As we look ahead to this crucial event, it is essential to recognise the critical role that zoos and aquariums play in conservation efforts and their contributions to the global movement to save endangered species. 

A Vital Platform for Collaboration 

The World Species Congress offers a forum for collaboration and a roadmap for success for anyone working to halt biodiversity decline. It provides an avenue to celebrate and learn from successful strategies, tools, and partnerships in order to replicate, amplify, and accelerate action.  

The World Species Congress provides an invaluable platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, exploring a wide array of topics, including habitat restoration, species reintroduction, combating wildlife trafficking, and addressing the effects of climate change on biodiversity. A free, online event, it aims to engage audiences from diverse regions and has already seen 10,000 registrations from 180 countries.  

Zoos and Aquariums: Cornerstones of Conservation 

WAZA member zoos and aquariums are significant contributors to the conservation ecosystem. Our member institutions act as spaces for some of the world’s most endangered species, providing a safe environment where they can thrive, and contribute to the genetic diversity of their populations.  

Given the escalating threats to biodiversity, the IUCN SSC emphasises the significance of zoos and aquariums in global conservation efforts through the One Plan Approach as highlighted in the IUCN SSC position statement on zoos, aquariums and botanic gardens.  

As the World Species Congress approaches, it serves as a reminder that the challenges of conserving biodiversity are both complex and urgent. The role of zoos and aquariums in supporting conservation is crucial, but they cannot do it alone. It will take the collective efforts of individuals, communities, and governments to ensure that the world’s diverse species thrive for generations to come. By attending the Congress and engaging with its discussions, participants will contribute to a broader movement that seeks to protect our planet’s irreplaceable biodiversity. 

A Call to Action 

Join the World Species Congress on 15 May and hear inspiring success stories of how zoos and aquariums have improved the status of species and are working towards the implementation of the Biological Diversity targets.   

The Congress provides a unique platform to collaborate with government agencies, environmental ministers, botanic gardens, aquariums, zoos, Species Specialist Groups, IUCN SSC members, Centers for Species Survival and Conservation Practitioners.  

WAZA members are proud to support the World Species Congress and lead the way in developing concrete targets and strategies as leaders in conservation and animal welfare.  

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.

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