BIOPAMA: capacity building to fight “paper parks”

14 December 2011 | News story
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BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) is IUCN’s landmark programme to improve management capacity for effective protected areas management.

IUCN has just signed a 9.5 million Euro contract with the European Commission to implement BIOPAMA in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region (ACP). Whilst the project is oriented to ACP countries it will have a main focus on Africa, with 60% of the overall funding targeting this region and the remaining 40% equally divided between the Pacific and the Caribbean.

The project’s main objective is to improve long-term conservation of biodiversity in ACP regions and reduce the poverty of populations surrounding protected areas.

IUCN will lead the establishment of regional observatories as platforms for data and information exchange and the implementation of capacity building programmes, and will provide technical and policy support to national and regional organizations. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), a partner in the project, will develop a reference information system on ecosystems and protected areas, facilitating the exchange of scientific data to support better decision and policy making. The key pillar of BIOPAMA is capacity development.

Complementary to this the programme will use ProtectedPlanet for enhanced networking of experts and institutions.

IUCN will work on this programme with two major partners: the JRC and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). The project will involve five IUCN Regional Offices (Europe, East and Southern Africa, Central and West Africa, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean Programme, and Oceania), as well as two Commissions, the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Species Survival Commission.

IUCN is grateful to the European Commission for the support to this action which will ensure better biodiversity conservation and strengthened capacity for protected areas in ACP countries.


1 usama nature conservation sector
support african national parks
i am work for Egyptian protected area department and also work voluntary for support the Goda mountain national parks in Djibouti, are this project can help for develop to strenghth some Egyptian protected area and also save the day forest PA in Djibouti which still on-paper PA
February 20, 2012 - 15:02
2 Rashidah Maqbool
Support for WWF Capacity Building prog in Malaysia
hi there, would just like to know if WCPA can support WWF-Malaysia work here in Sabah, Malaysia on Capacity building, FYI we've signed an MoU for 5 years with our partner to implement this program, and last Nov we conducted the 1st training in Maliau BAsin Studies Centre,. is there any support or anything that WCPA can assist in this kind of work.

December 22, 2011 - 05:00
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