- 29 September 2006 In margins of the 31st CMS Standing
Committee, held from September 28 to 29 in Bonn, the World
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) signed a formal
Partnership Agreement with the Convention. It aims to strengthen
cooperation with WAZA as the only body that coordinates
zoos and aquariums at the global level.
The agreement recognizes that the two organizations pursue
common goals in conserving ecosystems and migratory species.
CMS values WAZA for the ex-situ conservation activities
being another contribution to achieving the 2010 biodiversity
targets. The World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy
adopted by WAZA in 2005 calls upon WAZA Members to become
increasingly involved in "in- situ" nature conservation.
Providing the framework to enhance communication and cooperation
between CMS and WAZA, the agreement calls for information
exchange on activities and resulting issues. In addition,
the CMS Secretariat and WAZA will co-ordinate their activities
in research, training and public awareness. WAZA will support
the CMS Secretariat in the field of science and contribute
to developing Agreements.
The Partnership Agreement also covers the Secretariats of
Agreements concluded under the auspices of CMS, allowing
the whole CMS Family to share information of mutual interest.