The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) organised on 10-11 May its Conservation Forum 2016 in Fuengirola, Spain. The IUCN-Med showcased two initiatives that are being implementing in the Mediterranean region related to marine invasive species in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the strategic planning for conservation of threatened species in North Africa.
The initiative on marine alien invasive species reviewed some of the existing measures and procedures to manage invasive species and how to build an information platform for early detection, evaluation, communication and rapid response among MPAs in order to follow up, prevent and early detect potential invasives. For further information, you can visit MedMIS platform at http://www.iucn-medmis.org/.
The Conservation Strategic planning for conservation of threatened species in North Africa is an initiative promoted by IUCN-Med which seeks to promote the sharing of know-how and experience for the preparation of Conservation Strategies as well as for the implementation of appropriate measures targeting threatened species in Mediterranean countries, with special emphasis in North Africa.
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is working hard to foster stronger collaboration on species conservation and especially on linking in situ and ex situ expertise. These mutually beneficial collaborations include supporting field projects, joint conservation action planning and priority setting as well as working together on species conservation direct actions and awareness raising.
For further information, please contact: Violeta Barrios and Mar Otero