A zoöp is a cooperation between a human organisation and a representation of localised, non-human life. The format consists of several interlocking parts.
The Zoöp institute is to be the driving force behind the Zoöp movement and its network. It acts as its nexus of knowledge, it supports Zoöps and aspiring Zoöps with knowledge, training, instruments and advice. It certifies Zoöps and and thus licenses the use of the Zoöp name and logo. It develops, curates and shares knowledge on ecological regeneration and governance. It establishes the Zoöp as a model for ecological regeneration worldwide. The institute will be incorporated as a foundation. After the start-up phase in which external funding is required, the Institute will be self-sustaining
Every Zoöp has a Zoönomic Foundation embedded in its governance structure. A foundation is, by law, only allowed to act in accordance with the purpose stated in its articles of association. The Zoönomic Foundation’s sole purpose is to represent the voice of nonhumans and to safeguard ecological regeneration. The foundation has a seat in the executive board of the organisation, that thereby becomes a Zoöp. It is heard on all matters that relate to ecological regeneration. This ensures that the interests of nonhuman life are included in all relevant decisions of the organisation and prevents that climate action needs to be enforced in the courtroom.
By becoming a Zoöp, an organisation adds to its existing goals the new goal to develop its Zoönomy, the quality of life of the whole human and nonhuman multispecies community. Zoönomy is centered around ecological qualities, but includes economic, social, legal and political dimensions.
In the concept of Zoönomy it is acknowledged that to improve ecological quality, sometimes the first step is to improve economic conditions or social relations.
Every Zoöp starts with a baseline measurement of the ecological condition of the site of the organisation and its relation with the surroundings. With this baseline as a starting point, the Zoöp sets firm goals for improvement of this ecological condition and implements instruments to monitor its development. The Zoöp reports regularly to the Zoöp Institute on the progress it has made towards its regenerative goals.
Zoönomic instruments are a collection of tools and methods used by Zoöps to track and read the development of their local zoönomy. Each instrument or method works with a specific kind of knowledge. This can be quantified chemical or ecological knowledge, or knoweldge about social, political and legal circumstances, but also sensory and artistic knowledge. Each Zoöp works with a collection of different instruments and methods to develop diverse perspectives on the quality of the Zoöp.