announcements nOTICEbOARd EU ZOO DIRECTIvE gUIDELINES UNDER wAY the european commission recently awarded the tender to draft guidelines to assist the implementation of the Zoos directive (1999/22/ec) to the dutch company veteffect, working with the active life company. active life has drafted guidelines to assist the implementation of the directive in spain (The Zoological Park: A New Ally for Biodiversity) and it is likely that a similar document will be prepared to provide assistance to some member states in implementing the directive. a small stakeholder group will meet twice before a larger stakeholder meeting later this year to review progress on this document. eaZa has been invited to take part in this stakeholder group and will represent eaZa members in eu member states. nGos such as the iucn and competent authorities from three countries will also be represented. RED PANDA (Ailurus fulgens), © ROB DOOLAARD, DIERgAARDE BLIjDORP ab aqua Medic GmbH ( aQUa-tEKNiK a/S ( base Structures ltd ( billings Productions ( brogaarden ( CelsiusPro aG ( Claxitalia ( doublecheck oy ( dowman Soft touch ( EKiPa ( Fachjan Project Plants ( HMJ design ( instituto bioclon ( Jardine lloyd thompson leisure ( Kiezebrink international ( Mapcards ( Mazuri Zoo Foods ( Pangea rocks ( pricetag ( ralf Nature ( rasbach architekten ( ravensden Plc ( ray hole architects ( St. laurent ( triumph Gate ltd ( Wildlife trading Company ( Zoolife s.l ( ZooProFiS ( Zootrend ( Zoos online Services ( RED pANDAS gO gLOBAL the concept of WaZa’s Global species management plans (or Gsmps) was launched in 2003, write Martin van Wees and Janno Weerman, Red Panda EEP Coordinators, Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands. Global management may be the only way in which the long-term survival of many species in zoos can be ensured. sadly, at the beginning of 2012 only two Gsmps were active. in order to facilitate the establishment of more recognised global programmes, WaZa organised a meeting in 2011 to look at the future of international studbooks. red pandas have been managed unofficially on a global scale since the early 1990s. to get this programme offically recognised as a Gsmp, a special red panda workshop was held in rotterdam Zoo (home of the global studbook) in april 2012. this workshop was attended by all regional coordinators and led by kristin leus (cbsG-europe). a captive breeding masterplan (for the coming six years) and a formal application for Gsmp status were drafted and later approved and submitted to cpm/WaZa. in october 2012 the red panda Gsmp was official approved by cpm/WaZa. it is important to note that the status of Gsmp does not diminish the importance of regional management; we retain autonomy within the eep and, in addition, gain several advantages: • better access to unrelated animals for the EEP; • greater status of the red panda programme and increased prominence of the species; • more regional support for inter-regional transfers; • stronger links with range state partners; • access to potential display animals to satisfy the huge demand for red pandas in europe. so participating in the red panda Gsmp is a true win-win situation for the eep! 5