The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas. Specifically, the programme will enhance existing institutions and networks by making the best available science and knowledge available for building capacity to improve policies and better decision-making on biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and access and benefit sharing.
BIOPAMA is an initiative of the ACP Group financed by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) of the European Union.
The “protected areas component” of BIOPAMA, jointly implemented by IUCN and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre includes:
- Capacity building for regional and national institutions, technical personnel, and protected areas managers and
- Improved access and availability of biodiversity data through the establishment of regional observatories and information systems to improve decision making.
IUCN is leading the development of capacity building programmes and the establishment of “Centres for protected areas and biodiversity”, or Observatories, in the BIOPAMA regions.
BIOPAMA is a unique example of how to integrate all of IUCN’s main components: secretariat, commissions, and members – under the umbrella of IUCN’s “One Programme” approach. IUCN’s involvement in BIOPAMA includes the Global Protected Areas Programme, four regional offices - Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and Regional Office for Oceania - and two commissions of experts - World Commission on Protected Areas and Species Survival Commission.