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Zoos Directive: Training application

In the course of the EU project “Supporting better implementation of the Zoos Directive” that VetEffecT is implementing with Milieu in 2019-2022,  three activities are included: 3 annual stakeholder meetings will be organised in Brussels, 4 pilot trainings will be organised for addressed to Member States' competent authorities and zoo operators, and Member States’ competent authorities will be supported to apply for peer-to-peer mechanisms to spread best practice and transfer of know-how on zoo licensing and inspection.

Training dates
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the first two live trainings were replaced by a virtual training consisting of six webinars and several pre-recorded sessions. The first two online trainings were held in december 2020 and may 2021.

The next two live trainings are planned in the first quarter of 2022. The official training dates and locations (when travel and quarantine rules allow) are:

  • 22 - 24 February 2022, Bioparc Valencia, Spain
  • 8 - 10 March 2022, Dublin Zoo, Ireland

Training content
The six online webinars (of the first two online trainings) consisted of a maximum of 2 sessions each of approximately 1-1.5 hours and several pre-recorded sessions. Also, interactive sessions in break-out rooms will be part of the second training.  

The two live trainings will last 3.5 days and will be targeted at 20-30 participants mostly from inspection authorities, as well as zoo managers. The topics will be most important issues to facilitate proper implementation of the Zoos Directive such as inspection procedures and forms, inspection guidelines,  procedures for closure of non-compliant zoos, evaluation of zoos' conservation and education performance and conservation projects, and assessment of the conditions under which the different animal species in a zoo are kept. Trainings will be a mix of lectures, interactive session as well as field exercises in zoos. Participants will share good practice and be able to learn from each other. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

All training material and documents will be made available online. Please note that the meeting language will be English and that no interpretation will be provided.
The trainings are an initiative of the European Commission DG ENV. This webpage has been produced under the contract “Supporting better implementation of the Zoos Directive” (Contract no. 07.0202/2019/805151/SER/ENV.D.3). The content of this page is the sole responsibility of VetEffecT Consultancy & Recruiting BV and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Commission or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission or any other body of the European Union will not be responsible under any circumstances for the contents of communication items prepared by the contractors.
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