EAZA Organisational Structure
The EAZA structure consists of its members, the Executive Committee, EAZA Council and several committees falling into the categories of Standing Committees and Specialist Committees. The chart below outlines where each of these bodies is located in the overall structure of the organisation.
Terms of reference for the decision-making bodies and officials of EAZA are set as follows:
The Council develops strategy and policies, monitors income and expenditure and enters into contracts and legal agreements. Furthermore, it elects the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer, appoints committee chairs and members and receives and approves committees' action plans and annual reports. The Council prepares, discusses and votes on all policy matters. During the Annual General Meeting (AGM), full EAZA members approve the annual accounts, the budget, any changes to Council memberhip and the reports of the standing committees. Members also receive an update on all Council decisions taken in the previous year.
EAZA Council 2012-15
The Executive Committee handles the implementation of the Council's policy and strategy, supervises the day-to-day running of the organisation, the financial management, the approval of the annual action and business plans, the preparation of meetings (e.g. Council and AGM), the PR policy and actions of the association. This committee is assisted by the permanent staff located at the EAZA Executive Office.
EAZA Executive Committee (2012-2015)
Chairman: Simon Tonge (Paignton Zoo - pictured right)
Vice-chairman: Shai Doron (Jerusalem Zoo)
Secretary: Henrik Lehmann Andersen (Odense Zoo)
Treasurer: Linda van Elsacker (Zoo Antwerpen / Planckendael)
Legislation Committee: Thomas Kauffels (Opel Zoo)
Aquarium Committee: TBC
Membership and Ethics Committee: Frank Rietkerk (Apenheul)
EEP Committee: Bengt Holst (Copenhagen Zoo)
The following group works under the umbrella of the Executive Committee:
- EAZA Zoohorticulture Group - EZG
These committees are formed and disbanded as needs and activities dictate. When possible, the EAZA committees liaise with other professional organisations such as the European Zoo Educators (EZE), the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) and the European Association of Aquarium Curators (EUAC) to maximise effectiveness of all parties working in specific fields of expertise.
These Committees carry out tasks that need to be accomplished for EAZA as organisational necessities. EAZA has the following Standing Committees:
This Committee is concerned with the functioning and development of European Endangered species Programmes (EEPs) and long-term animal collection planning.
The following working groups work under the umbrella of the EEP Committee:
- European Animal Data Information Systems Committee - EADISC
- EAZA Population Management Advisory Group - EPMAG
Membership & Ethics Committee
This Committee is responsible for accreditation of applicants and ethical issues.
This Committee keeps track of new EU regulations, CITES and CBD issues and furthermore lobbies in EU circles.
This Committee deals with matters relating specifically to the important tasks and challenges of aquariums. Under the Memorandum of Understanding between EAZA and the European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC), the EAZA Aquarium Committee is identical to the EUAC Committee.
In contrast to the Standing Committees, these Committees mainly focus on helping the members or their staff or specific sections of staff to improve their zoo and aquarium activities in a particular area. EAZA has the following Specialist Committees:
The Conservation Committee’s main task is to coordinate the in situ conservation activities of member institutions and to liaise with conservation organisations.
This Committee is involved with the traditional and important mission of zoos to carry out research. There is wide range of opportunities to study non-domestic species outside their home range, which is important as many species are threatened with extinction in their natural habitat.
The following working group works under the umbrella of the Research Committee:
- EAZA Nutrition Group - ENG
Technical Assistance Committee
This Committee plays a pro-active role in improving sub-standard zoos (with a focus on central and eastern Europe). It furthermore co-operates with welfare organisations.
This Committee increases the co-operation with the European Association of Zoo and wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) and ensures veterinary input in the relevant standards and EU veterinary regulations.
The following working group works under the umbrella of the Veterinary Committee:
This Committee is responsible for keeping a close watch on new developments relating to education and stimulating a high level of education in EAZA institutions.
Members of this committee are diverse educational specialists from zoos throughout Europe. European Board members of IZE (International Zoo Educators) are born members of the committee.