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WAZA announces sustainability webinar series

First episode of the free series will celebrate Plastic Free July

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WAZA Sustainability webinar

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, and institutions, will be presenting a new webinar series dedicated to sustainability.

The series will kick off on 14 July at 3 pm CEST with a webinar celebrating Plastic Free July. This global movement aims to change the way people approach their plastic consumption.

Going plastic-free

Judy Mann IZE
Judy Mann

The webinar will be hosted by Dr Judy Mann, who is a Conservation Strategist at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) and President-Elect of the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE).

During this virtual session, WAZA members will share insights into how they have successfully reduced plastic consumption in their organisations.

The panellists will include Ann-Katrine Garn of Copenhagen Zoo, Helen Lockhart of Two Oceans Aquarium, Marcus Tay of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Renee Bumpus of Houston Zoo and Wolfgang Rades of Loro Parque  

Future webinars in the series will explore a wide range of topics such as sustainable forestry products, carbon emissions and sustainable palm oil, as well as an introduction to the WAZA Sustainability Strategy.

To register for a place on the free webinar, please click here.

Last month, the association welcomed Poema del Mar Aquarium and Assiniboine Park Zoo to the WAZA global zoo and aquarium community as Institutional Members.

Poema del Mar aims to foster new relationships with coastal and ocean wildlife. A fairly new organisation that opened in 2018, it commits itself to research, conservation, habitat preservation, and education through engagement.

Meanwhile, the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the oldest zoological facility in Canada, founded in 1904. It has a mission to protect and celebrate biodiversity everywhere as well as inspiring commitment to conservation.

Earlier, WAZA announced the launch of Sustainable Palm Oil Resources, a website for Zoos and Aquariums.

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Charlotte Coates is Features Editor at Blooloop. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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