The EC Zoos Directive: A lost opportunity to implement the convention on biological diversity.

Rees, PA 2005, 'The EC Zoos Directive: A lost opportunity to implement the convention on biological diversity.' , Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 8 (1) , pp. 51-62.

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The Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 requires contracting parties to take ex-situ conservation measures to protect biodiversity. This paper considers the effectiveness of the Zoos Directive in implementing this obligation within the European Union. The directive requires zoos to have an education role and at least one further conservation activity, which may be research, training, information exchange, captive breeding, or species reintroductions. However, the Convention requires parties to engage in all of these activities. EU member states have been reluctant to implement the directive. In any event, it is unlikely significantly to affect the conservation activities of the majority of zoos, as they are either already in compliance or they may comply with minimal effort. Most significantly, the directive does not specifically require zoos to participate in the captive breeding and reintroduction of endangered species, and this is arguably their most important potential (if not actual) conservation role.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > K Law > KJ Europe
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Subjects / Themes > S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF408 Zoo animals
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy
Publisher: Routledge Taylor Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1388-0292
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2007 10:40
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:03

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