The European Bison Advisory Center (EBAC) was established by the European Bison Specialist Group in 2007 to coordinate the captive breeding of European bison and act as advisory center regarding maintance of free living herds among with the rules of the The Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for European Bison
According to Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan European Bison (IUCN 2004) the main task of International Network is the "coordination of restitution, reintroductions, monitoring of captive and free-ranging herds, and most of all - gene pool preservation and genetic management of particular herds. This center must provide all kinds of information and be available to all interested users, possibly free of charge".
Therefore there was an urgent need to have better coordination of Action Plan implementation and bison activities in general, not just from a point of efficiency, exchange of expertise, but also to prevent dangerous, unprofessional activities (e.g. by private owners) that may lead to further losses of important animals, inbreeding, or mix up of both genetic lines of European bison. Coordination of those tasks should be based on the European Bison Pedigree Book as the source of information.
EBAC provide a platform for the implementation of the Action Plan, with combination of expertise, databases, international coordination of knowledge and experience exchange. EBAC set and promote uniform standards and practices for bison breeding, reintroduction and restoration of free ranging bison populations. To really make the bison restoration a conservation success for Europe, the emerging and increasing international cooperation, needs to be organized, to successfully coordinate the efforts to restore this species and its habitats - as a symbol to regain wilderness in Europe.
The EBAC organization
Main office is already placed at Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW (Poland), where EBAC was established. It aims to supervise and coordinate work of whole program in fulfilling goals and plans, based on The Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for European Bison.
Board of partners
The Board of partners - group of people, who represent institutions involved in the process of European bison restitution - like breeders, NGOs, scientists. The size of Board amounts to 25 individuals, with Chair elected by the Board itself. The members of the Board work voluntary (up to financial situation of EBAC will be better). Current activity is based on e-mail communication. The chair of the Warsaw office of EBAC, as well as regional offices chairs, are the members of the Board by obligation. The Board is responsible for following issues:
- working out general politics of EBAC, priorities, actions, etc.
- raising funds for EBAC
- meeting once a year to discuss the past and the future
- Funding for the set up of the EBAC are provided by European Bison Friends Society