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Introducing Tony O’Keeffe, new BIOPAMA focal point for the Pacific

Tony O’Keeffe has recently joined the growing team at IUCN Oceania as the Protected Areas Coordinator and will lead activities for BIOPAMA in the region. …  

11 Sep 2013 | Article

Protected Areas as a legitimate land use

The implementation of the BIOPAMA Capacity Building Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in particular the work of the Regional Observatories in the region, will be centred around the theme of land use conflict and integrated land use planning. …  

09 Aug 2013 | Article
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Lesotho and South Africa’s Transboundary World Heritage wonder: Maloti-Drakensberg Park

At the recent meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia, the uKhahlamba- Drakensberg Park, located in South Africa and the Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho were inscribed as a transboundary World Heritage Site, with its new name, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park. The area is known for its spectacular natural landscapes and its wealth of rock paintings made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Capacity development in West and Central Africa through training in protected areas management

Capacity development has been identified in many regions and in global assessments on biodiversity conservation as one of the key priorities that needs to be urgently addressed to promote best practices and management performance in protected areas. Supporting the development of knowledge and skills of local actors and national authorities is a vital component of the BIOPAMA programme. In West and Central Africa, the Protected Areas Programme of IUCN PACO launched a training programme in 2009 specifically aimed at protected area professionals, through which BIOPAMA activities can link to a network of protected areas managers and help bring specific protected area management tools to the region. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Key initiatives build bridges for protected areas management in the Caribbean

Regional meetings of two major initiatives focused on protected areas management and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean have provided space for BIOPAMA to strengthen its position in the region, as well as continue capacity building efforts at the multi-stakeholder level. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

BIOPAMA looks ahead to the forthcoming IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Plans and proposals for the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014 continue to spread throughout the IUCN network with a mid-July presentation on the Congress by Nick Cox, BIOPAMA Manager, at the IUCN Regional Office for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean (ORMA) based in Costa Rica. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Effort to establish world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica Postponed….Again

Talks to create the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica have failed as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) could not reach agreement due to critiques from state members Russia, Norway, China, and others. The proposals, discussed at a special session in Germany this month, call for networks of MPAs in the Ross Sea, proposed by New Zealand and the USA; and the Eastern Antarctic, proposed by Australia, France, and the European Union. The new protected areas, about 3.93 million square kilometres, would more than double the area of the world’s oceans that are protected. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Key steps to guide decisions in BIOPAMA Eastern and Southern African region

Two key decisions related directly to the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas component of BIOPAMA in the Eastern and Southern Africa region are in the making and will guide programme activities over the next three years – the Action Plan for the Capacity Building Programme linked to the Regional Observatory and the option paper identifying suitable hosts for the Observatory in the region. …  

13 Jun 2013 | Article

New JRC Project Leader for BIOPAMA

From May 2013 Steve Peedell will be the new Joint Research Centre (JRC) project leader for BIOPAMA, taking over from Philippe Mayaux, who will be devoting his time to working on secondment to EuropeAid in Brussels. The European Commission JRC is IUCN’s main partner in implementing the protected areas component of BIOPAMA. …  

30 May 2013 | News story

Leaders discuss BIOPAMA at post Rio+20 consultative meeting

BIOPAMA was showcased as a contributor to the management of natural resources in ACP Member States at a recent meeting organized by the ACP (African, Caribbean and the Pacific) Secretariat in Brussels. The priorities of the ACP Group with regards to environmental and sustainable management of natural resources were debated during the April 2013 meeting.  …  

06 May 2013 | Article