In 2018, the BIOPAMA programme engaged with a significant number of stakeholders to ensure that BIOPAMA’s activities support the needs of the countries and their actors, as well as assist them in achieving their conservation objectives and international commitments.
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. BIOPAMA provides a variety of tools, services and funding to conservation actors in the ACP countries.
In 2018, significant effort was dedicated to successfully launching the programme in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific - through the organisation of regional inception workshops and extensive consultations with the key audiences – and to implementing activities: capacity development trainings, protected area data collection and countries engagement technical missions, networking facilitation, enhanced engagements and negotiations for the BIOPAMA regional observatories, and new ACP protected areas analysis. The launch of a new version of the BIOPAMA Reference Information System and the design of a new grant mechanism are also among the programme’s highlights for 2018.