The AZA and other World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) member regional zoological associations have collectively identified addressing the sustainability of animal populations as a top priority. Thus, we seek to maximize the collective impact of our efforts in building the long‐term sustainability of wildlife populations by working together in a manner that builds upon, respects, and optimizes existing regional processes and furthers science‐based, inter‐regional collaboration. For some Animal Programs forming an official WAZA Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) may be appropriate. The WAZA Committee for Population Management (CPM) is established to advance these relationships and collaborations in professionally managing species in zoos and aquariums globally. One way in which the CPM does this is through coordinating, administering, and overseeing GSMPs.
The WAZA regional associations continue to advance best practices aimed at increasing effective communications for building population sustainability. Over the past few years a small number of pilot GSMPs have served as guides for developing a common framework for defining the mechanisms and management of GSMPs. AZA has made a commitment to take a strong leadership role for pilot and future GSMPs, and will be deeply involved in the development of the GSMP Program and working integrally with all partners.
More information can be found in the GSMP Resource Manual.