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.