Annual Conservation Symposium

Labelling Sustainability: the truth behind the labels

What does it mean to be certified as sustainable – are labels really helping wildlife?

Saturday 24 October 2015 at the Chester Zoo Lecture Theatre
10.15am - 5pm (registration and refreshments from 9.30am)

We’ll discuss whether sustainability labelling can really help wildlife and what more we and the food industry could do to protect the planet. 

Speakers include representatives from the Marine Stewardship Council, Natural Resources Wales, Marks & Spencer, Forest Stewardship Council, Blue Ventures and Chester Zoo's conservation team.

We’ll also be giving you more information about how you can get involved with our Palm Oil Challenge

This event is perfect for anyone interested in wildlife conservation or sustainable food. Any funds raised through this event will go to Act for Wildlife to support projects in the wild.

Due to the popularity of this event, advanced booking is required. For more information contact


Cassie Leisk, a Marine Stewardship Council: Engagement Manager; Fishery Improvement Projects.

Martin Muir, Blue Ventures : Digital Manager

Fiona Wheatley, Marks & Spencers : Director of Sustainable Business

Tallulah Chapman, Forest Stewardship Council : Communications Manager

Iolo Lloyd, Senior Conservation & Heritage Manager : Natural Resources Wales

Dr Luca Panzone, Newcastle University: Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour

Cat Barton, Chester Zoo : Conservation Officer

Hear about Chester Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge and how YOU can get involved.


 Members, students, concessions & BIAZA/EAZA members £20
 All others £25

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Ticket price also includes tea/coffee/biscuits at refreshment breaks in the Lecture Theatre. Free entry into the zoo at lunch time is included – lunch is not provided but please do visit the zoo’s cafes and restaurants, where you’ll find a great selection of food and drinks available for purchase. There are also picnic facilities available in the zoo.

NEW FOR 2015: The Green Gold Conspiracy

6pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 24 October, Bembe Kitchen, Chester Zoo
£38 per person (includes a 3 course meal)

Join us after the symposium for a brand new and daring theatrical experience made by Chester Zoo and Coney.

The Green Gold Conspiracy is an adventure game served over a three-course dinner in the company of new friends.

We're exploring the science behind food security and environmental sustainability by putting you at the heart of a story where a conspiracy is unfolding… and it’s up to you to find the solution.

You’ll have some challenging choices to make, in a seriously entertaining (and delicious!) experience.

Tickets for this event are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

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  • This event is open to Chester Zoo members and non-members. 
  • Due to the popularity of this event, advanced booking is required. 
  • Please check back on this page for latest updates.
  • Please note the programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have any questions about this event, please email