The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) uses annual workshops to promote cooperation, community and mutual respect among its members, while working to raise standards at member sanctuaries to the highest level possible. The PASA Management Workshop, the PASA Education Workshop, and the PASA Veterinary Healthcare Workshop are all vital to PASA’s goal of making each sanctuary an effective center of conservation.
From 2000 through 2002, the PASA Management Workshop was the only event on the PASA calendar. But beginning in 2003, PASA members voted to expand to annual workshops in Education and Veterinary Healthcare, thereby reaching more sanctuary personnel and affecting greater change.
As a result, seven different African countries have hosted one or more of the PASA workshops, and more than 500 delegates from across Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Asia have taken part.
In 2006, PASA staged the African Primate Reintroduction Workshop in The Netherlands, a special seminar designed to specifically address reintroduction questions and concerns faced by PASA members. The workshop was organized in conjunction with the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Apenheul Primate Park, with funding provided by the U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP).