Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme

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The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is a € 60 million initiative of the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through better use and monitoring of information and capacity development on management and governance. It is implemented through IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC).

The programme focuses on the 79 ACP countries, which cover a huge diversity of ecological, social and cultural systems. These regions contain a significant proportion of our planet’s biodiversity.

For more information see: https://biopama.org

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Regional Programme

In the Pacific, BIOPAMA is implemented by IUCN’s Oceania Regional Office in partnership with the EC-JRC and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The programme supports the 15 ACP countries, which have more than 580 protected areas, as well as numerous locally conserved and sustainable use areas.

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The Regional Inception Workshop for the programme’s second phase (2017-2023)

The Regional Inception Workshop for the programme’s second phase (2017-2023) was held in Apia (Samoa), 11-15 June 2018. This brought together nearly a hundred representatives from government, academia and NGOs to discuss protected and conserved area priorities for governance and management. These discussions are guiding the implementation of BIOPAMA in the region.

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The regional focus of the programme is supporting partners and communities to improve the effectiveness and livelihood benefits of marine and terrestrial protected and conserved areas. This will be achieved by implementing activities under four main areas:

Work area


Action Component: a grant-making facility

Facilitating regional projects to access BIOPAMA grants

The Action Component of BIOPAMA will distribute € 20 million worth of grants for on ground activities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Regional observatory for protected areas and biodiversity

Develop a comprehensive protected areas regional resource-hub that supports reporting and evidence based decision-making

In the Pacific, BIOPAMA has partnered with SPREP to develop the regional observatory through the Pacific Islands Protected Area Portal (or PIPAP) (https://pipap.sprep.org/)

State of Protected Areas Report

Produce a comprehensive report that outlines the current status of protected and conserved areas in the Pacific

Capacity development on management and governance

Conduct capacity building activities for communities and protected area practitioners focusing on priority needs



For further information contact:
Paul van Nimwegen
Protected Areas Coordinator
IUCN Oceania Regional Office
E: [email protected]

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