An EEP is the most intensive type of population management for a species kept in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) zoos. Each EEP has a coordinator (someone with a special interest in and knowledge of the species concerned, who is working in an EAZA zoo or aquarium). He or she is assisted by a Species Committee. The bearded vulture EEP was established in 1993 and its coordinator is Dr Alex Llopis, who is the Captive Breeding Vultures Manager at the Vulture Conservation Foundation.
The EEP coordinator has many tasks to fulfill, such as collecting information on the status of all the individuals of the species kept in EAZA zoos and aquariums, producing a studbook, carrying out demographical and genetical analyses, and producing a plan for the future management of the species.
Together with the Species Committee, recommendations are made each year on which birds should breed or not breed, which individuals should go from one zoo to another, and so on.