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19 Oct 2017
WAZA and UN team up to tackle environmental problems

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has signed an agreement with the United Nations (UN) in order to better combat marine litter, coral reef pollution and the illegal trade of species around the world.

Signed on 17 October during the 72nd annual WAZA conference in Berlin, Germany, the five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by UN Environment executive director Erik Solheim and WAZA president Jenny Gray.

The MoU will focus on marine plastic pollution, protecting coral reefs and reducing demand for wildlife products worldwide – problems which WAZA says are growing.

WAZA and the UN will identify and implement a series of private sector partnerships designed to influence the design and production processes of relevant industries. They will also work together to engage political leaders to take action.

As part of the deal, WAZA will support UN Environment's 'Wild for Life' campaign – an initiative focusing on the illegal trade of wildlife in Southeast Asia.

“WAZA is seeking to leverage the 700 million visitors who visit zoos and aquariums each year on behalf of these social and environmental crises,” said WAZA CEO Doug Cress.

“This agreement with UN Environment offers the WAZA community the resources to change consumer behaviour and lead by example.”

WAZA, which has a community of nearly 400 zoos, says it will encourage at least 50 per cent of its zoos and aquariums across more than 50 countries to either eliminate or demonstrate progress towards eliminating single-use plastic from its consumer chain by 2023.


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17 Nov 2017
IAAPA 2017: Brass Ring winners announced
IAAPA has announced its winners for this year’s Brass Ring Awards, recognising a number of companies at the annual IAAPA expo for their achievements in excellence across different parts of the industry.
15 Nov 2017
ESPA spa at Gleneagles named ‘best in the UK’
The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA has been named the best UK spa at this year’s 2017 Good Spa Guide Awards.
14 Nov 2017
IAAPA 2017: Four join prestigious Hall of Fame at Opening Ceremony
IAAPA has welcomed four new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame, with Puy du Fou’s Phillipe De Villiers, Give Kids the World Village’s Pamela and Henry Landwirth, and music composer Richard Sherman all named in this year’s class of inductees.
09 Nov 2017
Russian Spa Congress shows market potential
Last week, almost 250 spa professionals gathered in the Caucasus thermal springs region of Russia for the 4th annual Spa & Wellness International Congress, or SWIC.
08 Nov 2017
Emotional healing, self-development, retreats: Photi reveals trends to watch in wellness travel
The wellness travel market will continue the dramatic change seen over the past 10 years, according to Stella Photi, founder of Wellbeing Holidays.
06 Nov 2017
IAAF plans clearer world rankings system and heritage department to boost participation
The qualifications system for the athletics World Championships and the Olympic Games will be redesigned in an effort to make the sport clearer and increase participation at all levels.
01 Nov 2017
Future of wellness travel to dominate WTS agenda
The future of wellness travel and how to gain a competitive edge within the booming sector will feature heavily at this year’s Wellness Travel Symposium (WTS).
31 Oct 2017
Founder of Spabreaks.com named finalist for inaugural female travel awards
Abi Wright, the co-founder and managing director of Spabreaks.com, has been named as a finalist at the inaugural everywoman in Travel Awards.
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17-19 Nov 2017
SpaCE (Spas of Central Europe) Show
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Slovenia
20 Nov 2017
Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) - EUROPE
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20-21 Nov 2017
Destinations & Travel Management Summit
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Stansted
United Kingdom
21-22 Nov 2017
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London
United Kingdom
22 Nov 2017
Postgraduate & Professional Open Evening
Bucks New University
High Wycombe
United Kingdom
23 Nov 2017
Beautyworld Middle East Roadshow to Nigeria
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Lagos
Nigeria
23-24 Nov 2017
European Health Prevention Day
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Wiesbaden
Germany
27 Nov 2017
Leisure, FEC and Indoor Play Trade Exhibition
Drayton Manor Hotel
Tamworth
United Kingdom
27 Nov 2017
FEC Excellence Awards 2017
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Tamworth
United Kingdom
27-29 Nov 2017
TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza
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Spain
28-29 Nov 2017
MIPIM Asia
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Hong Kong SAR
29 Nov 2017
Sports Broadcasting & New Media Rights: Their Ownership, Protection & Commercial Exploitation - A Masterclass
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29-30 Nov 2017
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