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16 / 07 / 2004
David Waugh (Fundación Loro Parque): “Zoos are a way for people to see wild animal life and reduce the impact man has on nature.”

Zoos and regulations on biodiversity were the main topics of this morning’s session, “Tourism on a Live Planet”.

During this morning’s session, entitled “Tourism on a Live Planet”, the crew of the Spanish TV program, Al filo de lo imposible, participated via live connection. Crewmember Sebastián Salgado criticized “the indiscriminate exploitation of mountainous areas for lucrative purposes.” He also mentioned the fact that skiing areas in Spain are being expanded and how this could affect the environment.

The director-curator of Fundación Loro Parque, David Waugh, spoke about zoos. “Ex situ conservation is essential for many species and for conserving biodiversity,” explained Waugh.

Waugh warned that, “zoos need to improve in terms of the responsibility they take in conserving species and biodiversity.” He also announced that he is working on a strategy to create a network between the world’s zoos and aquariums. Waugh believes that, “zoos provide an opportunity to show the link between species endangerment and unsustainable ways of life.”

As regards tourism, Waugh stated that, “zoos could contribute to sustainable tourism if they stuck to the basic standards for respecting biodiversity.” He added that, even though zoos are sometimes seen as being negative, “they are a way for people to see wild animal life and to reduce the impact man has on nature.”

Paola Deda, member of the Secretary of the Convention on Biodiversity, explained that “the goal of this convention, which was signed during the Rio de Janeiro summit in 1992, is to lower the rate at which biodiversity is lost in the year 2010.” She also spoke of other goals of the convention, such as conserving biodiversity, sustainable use of its components—including sustainable tourism, and fair distribution of the benefits reaped from this use.”