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Joint TAG Chairs Meeting 1-3 June 2014, and EAZA TAG meetings 4-6 June 2014

EAZA, on behalf of the WAZA Committee for Population Management, will hold a meeting of TAG (vice) chairs and colleagues with equivalent positions playing an active role in regional collection planning to the first joint TAG chairs meeting, to be hosted by Vogelpark Avifauna in Alphen aan de Rijn in the Netherlands from 1–3 June 2014.

The results of the various sustainability analyses of regional breeding programmes clearly point to the need for a more global approach to collection planning as a means to ensure the zoo and aquarium community at large can deliver on its species conservation aims. TAGs (or equivalents) play a crucial role in the regional collection planning process and as such also play a critical role in global collection planning. Assessing the needs for and possibilities to cooperate inter-regionally will to a large extent be driven by TAGs as well as the breeding programmes that are run under the remit of these TAGs.

A joint TAG chairs meeting provides the opportunity to build bridges between regional TAGs and to discuss and advance existing inter-regional and global collection planning structures and tools – including the recently launched WAZA Global Species Management Plans (GSMPs). The meeting will also offer opportunities for networking with regional associations both those with and without extensively established collection planning structures and procedures. Last but not least, the programme will focus on global capacity building (internally and externally) for intensively managed populations for species conservation.

The Joint TAG chairs meeting will be followed by the mid-year EAZA TAG meetings to be held at Alphen from the 4-6 June, giving TAGs the opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to specific programmes as well as continue discussions initiated during the first three day event.


Come prepared!

To ensure everyone comes prepared to the meetings in Alphen, and also to avoid repetition of information that was shared at previous regional or international meetings we have prepared a document library for you to look at prior to the start of the meeting.

The library includes information on the various population sustainability analyses that were undertaken by the regional associations as well background information on regional collection planning structures and WAZA global collections plans.

Please click here to go to the document library.


A download of the programme is available here:  Download Excel version


For an overview of the registered participants please click here


To book a hotel room for the conference, please contact, quoting reference ALPHEN TAGS MEETING JUN 1-6

Accommodation will be provided by the van Der Valk Hotel on the Avifauna property, please find more information about the hotel here.

Getting there

Directions on how to get to Birdpark Avifauna can be downloaded here.


Joint TAG Chairs meeting 1-3 June 2014
Full conference 1-6 June 2014 (Joint TAG + EAZA TAG Mid-Year meeting) €375
Joint TAG chairs meetings 1-3 June 2014 €175
Day ticket €90
Farewell dinner 6 June 2014


TAG Mid-Year meetings Alphen 4-6 June 2014
Full conference 4-6 June 2014 €225
Day ticket €80
Farewell dinner 6 June 2014 €30

Post conference tour to Diergaarde Blijdorp/Rotterdam Zoo

A post-conference tour to Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam will be organised on Saturday 7 June 2014. Diergaarde Blijdorp is located some 40 minutes from Alphen aan de Rijn and a return bus transport will be provided for.

Participants will be welcomed in Rotterdam Zoo with coffee and tea followed by a guided tour through the zoo.

Lunch will be provided for after which participants have time to explore the zoo before the bus departs back to the Alphen. Expected pick up time is 10AM and drop of 3.30PM. Costs for the post conference tour are € 20,- and anyone interested should register for this separately via


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