The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries host a very large share of our planet’s biodiversity. The BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme by IUCN and partners assists these countries in managing their natural heritage. The management of relations with the BIOPAMA donors, the European Union and the ACP Group, based in Brussels, is ensured from the IUCN European Regional Office.

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. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

BIOPAMA provides a variety of tools, services and funding to conservation actors in the ACP countries.

For more information about the programme, contact Roxana Bucioaca and visit

Did you know?

  • The European Commission supports the mainstreaming of biodiversity into all sectors of its development and cooperation policies, aware of the link between biodiversity conservation, economic development and the eradication of poverty.
  • The European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, adopted in May 2011, includes a global dimension and steps up the EU’s contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.
  • The EU is the largest contributor of biodiversity finance to developing countries. In 2006-2010, the EU and its 27 Member States committed around 1.7 billion Euros each year for biodiversity related aid.
  • The fundaments of EU’s cooperation relations for the economic, social and cultural development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States are defined by the Cotonou Agreement.


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