WAZA and its members embrace a world in which every effort is made to live in harmony with nature. By promoting sustainable use of natural resources, progressive zoological organisations are helping their visitors and surroundings communities to take better care of the planet.

The collective power of the global community of zoos and aquariums includes the capacity to reach a global audience of more than 700 million visitors annually, as well as a network of businesses, government agencies and other partners.

Through three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), WAZA is working to promote sustainable and responsible consumer consumption, improvement of industry standards and environmental awareness. These MoUs are:

Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – WAZA MoU on sustainable palm oil.
Signed: 19 October 2017
Duration: Until 31 December 2023

United Nations Environment – WAZA MoU on marine plastic pollution, protecting coral reefs and reducing the demand for wildlife products.
Signed: 27 September 2017
Duration: Until 31 December 2023

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – WAZA MoU on responsible management of forests
Signed: 24 October 2018
Duration: Until 24 October 2023

WAZA Resources

WAZA has created a number of resources in multiple languages to help support WAZA members in their sustainable journeys. 

Protecting Our Planet

The WAZA Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030

WAZA Short Guide

How to Reduce Single-use Plastic at Your Zoo or Aquarium

WAZA Short Guide

How to Choose Responsibly Sourced Forest Products at Your Zoo or Aquarium

WAZA Short Guide

Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil at Your Zoo or Aquarium

WAZA Palm Oil Website

Sustainable Palm Oil Resources for Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA Carbon Guide

On Reducing, Measuring and Offsetting Carbon

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.

WAZA is a member of the following organisations:
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