The establishment of Regional Observatories for Protected Areas and Biodiversity is a central component of the BIOPAMA objective of building capacity to improve decision-making related to protected area management and biodiversity conservation (terrestrial and marine)...


Each Observatory will host a version of the Regional Reference Information System customised to regional information needs and priorities. The Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) integrates a diverse range of relevant protected area and biodiversity data and information,...


BIOPAMA is developing capacity for protected area management, linked to access and use information to improve decision making, through work at the regional level and through wider collaboration with a range of global actors and local actors to develop and share best practices.


The IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. BIOPAMA is part of the agenda.


Get the latest stories and news on the people, places, and work going on in BIOPAMA across Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. We’ll be providing updates on project activities, and also feature real life stories from partners in the field.


Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) regions are remarkably rich in biodiversity, and are connected by the most pressing challenges faced today. BIOPAMA is actively engaging partners in these regions to support better conservation...

Successes and achievements history




West and Central African capacity on protected area management effectiveness boosted

In 2016, BIOPAMA West and Central Africa hosted 64 capacity building workshops using the IMET for 140 protected area staff and reached 583 staff in total.

BIOPAMA supports the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) in 13 countries in West and Central Africa

By the end of 2016, the IMET campaign has contributed to the implementation of the PoWPA in 13 countries in the region, in collaboration with national agencies and regional institutions (UEMOA, CEEAC/COMIFAC, OFAC, RAMPAO, PRCM, UNDP.)

Sep 2016

Sep 2016

Visibility and awareness at the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event

September 2016: The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 profiled BIOPAMA to an audience of 10,000 world environmental leaders and practitioners through 30 events, 4 pavilions, with the support of 11 communications materials and 13 staff and with results in online interactions of more than 20,000.

March 2016

March 2016

Capacity development resource launched by BIOPAMA Pacific and partners in the Protected Areas Working Group

March 2016: “The Pacific Islands Region Strategy and Action Plan for Capacity Development in Protected and Other Conserved Areas 2015-2020” is tailored to specifically address the distinctive issues, needs and opportunities that occur in the Pacific region.

Jan 2016

Jan 2016

120 protected area professionals in the Caribbean region are trained by BIOPAMA

January 2016: BIOPAMA holds the first capacity development training in Spanish, corresponding to the last Caribbean training during the 1st project phase. Overall, BIOPAMA Caribbean has trained approximately 120 persons, essentially over 2.5 years.

Oct – Jan


EAC Observatory engages with the 5 countries in the region

Oct 2015 – Jan 2016, Stakeholders in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are consulted on the EAC Observatory and being presented the functionalities of the EAC RRIS tool.

BIOPAMA capacity development approaches in Southern Africa taken up by other initiatives

Oct. 2015, Southern African Wildlife College hosts first paid-for negotiation training in the region, based on BIOPAMA training and materials developed with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (SCF)

Sep – Jan


Caribbean Gateway train 5 countries in the region on data management

Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Belize receive technical support from the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway

BIOPAMA reaches 20,000 hits online

Sept. 2015 BIOPAMA meets major increase in online visibility

June - July


27 trained as PA management effectiveness coaches for the BIOPAMA Central African

27 coaches from 12 countries have qualified to serve as coaches of the BIOPAMA observatory forCentral Africa after completing the training on COMIT (Coach Observatory Mission Information Toolkit COMIT)



Apr. 2015


Pacific protected area partnership reinvigorated

Apr. 2015, A regional Protected Areas Working Group is being reinvigorated with the support from BIOPAMA and SPREP, and is a driver to deliver the Regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific.

Major publication and capacity development knowledge resource launched with support from BIOPAMA

Apr. 2015, The Protected Area Governance and Management Book is an important contribution to the professional development of protected area professionals. With its 28 chapters, it is a book for students, policy makers and interested readers.

Mar. 2015


The Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive Management Course (PICCC) revitalized in 2015 with BIOPAMA support

Mar. 2015, The PICCC is an effective capacity development initiative for Pacific Island biodiversity conservation practitioners. The concrete efforts of key partners aim at reviving, updating, and consolidating the course over a five year period (2015-2019).

Protected area management effectiveness toolkit developed for West and Central Africa

Mar. 2015, BIOPAMA team and key regional partners built the basis of a capacity development toolkit for protected areas that concerns the methodology for data collection, management, and analysis, designed to support protected area decision making.

Feb. 2015


BIOPAMA develops capacity of 100 protected area practitioners in Eastern and Southern Africa

Feb. 2015, More than 100 protected area practitioners and stakeholders from 18 Eastern and Southern African countries were trained in negotiation skills during 4.

BIOPAMA in Caribbean continues to strengthen training centres

Feb. 2015, MPA professionals trained; Collaborative effort with UNEP-CEP, SPAW-RAC CaMPAM network; MPA professionals enhance capacity for different aspects of management.

Jan. 2015


BIOPAMA has made a major contribution to improving data available in the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) on protected areas in ACP.

1 Jan. 2015, Based on the data available in their WDPA, -WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre) developed country reports on marine and terrestrial protected area status.

Dec. 2014


BIOPAMA has conveyed protected area and development messages at 23 other regional, international events

31 Dec. 2014, Since its inception, BIOPAMA has attended numerous conferences, events and congresses to raise awareness of the programme, partners, donors in the view of meeting the programme’s objectives.

Nov. 2014


BIOPAMA makes major contribution at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

12-19 Nov. 2014, 6,000+ people learn about the EU and ACP BIOPAMA programme through a contribution that represents 13% of all events at the Congress.

Oct. 2014


BIOPAMA Observatory for Central Africa launched

10 Oct. 2014, The Observatory for Central African Forests (OFAC) is BIOPAMA’s partner hosting the observatory for this region.

Sep. 2014


BIOPAMA Observatory for the Pacific formally established and hosted by SPREP

3 Sept. 2014, The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and IUCN signed the Observatory agreement at the 3rd Small Islands Developing States Conference.

Southern African Ministers give mandate to IUCN and BIOPAMA to support development of guidelines on mainstreaming extractive industries and protected areas

2-4 Sept. 2014, BIOPAMA facilitates a Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states meeting that results into the agreement to develop a guidelines on protected areas and extractive industries for the region.

May 2014


The tools for data management process are established in the Caribbean, in collaboration with regional initiatives

Important collaboration/ partnership between BIOPAMA and TNC regarding integration of BIOPAMA RRIS with TNC’s Decision Support Tool for the data management process in the Caribbean - Inception meeting for regional conservation information management.

Feb. 2014


BIOPAMA starts dialogue with Eastern and Southern African actors on protected areas and extractive industries

19-21 Feb. 2014, Government ministries, private investors and other key stakeholders from extractive industries and World Heritage from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya joined this dialogue.

Collaboration with CaMPAN network in Caribbean starts with marine protected area professionals training

4-9 Feb. 2014, 7 MPA professionals’ develop their management capacity; they acknowledge the value of community/ stakeholder engagement in the management process.

Jan. 2014


Bahamas receives technical assistance through BIOPAMA

Jan. 2014, Bahamas protected area agencies reviewed the application of IUCN Management Categories to the Bahamas System of protected areas with BIOPAMA technical assistance (during 3 workshops in 2014).

Sep. 2013


BIOPAMA answers the request from the Government of Mozambique to evaluate and revise their national Human Wildlife Conflict strategy

Sept. 2013, The results of the evaluation of the national Human Wildlife Conflict strategy were presented during three regional workshops in Mozambique in March 2014. They are based on an expert review and a field survey based on a questionnaire for evaluating the implementation status and effectiveness.

July. 2013


Mali receives technical advisory support from BIOPAMA on the establishment of protected areas connectivity corridors.

Jul. 2013 BIOPAMA provided technical advice to government representatives, local communities and local authorities on the process of consultation and on the how the process of establishing protected areas connectivity corridors could stem from a dialogue between stakeholders and showed to all parties how each of them could contribute and benefit from this type of development.

Dec. 2012


BIOPAMA stakeholder workshops for regional stakeholders across ACP prepare regional actions

Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013 Regional consultation workshops were organized in each BIOPAMA region: Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific.

Oct. 2012


Capacity development and data needs identified for ACP

Oct.-Dec. 2012 The needs assessments were the crucial elements that guided the priorities for the observatories and capacity development activities in each region.

Apr. 2012


Web platform created to facilitate networking across ACP

April. 2012, Join the growing platform reuniting the experts : yammer/com/biopama (with 500 members today).

Mar. 2012


Global inception meeting with all key partners sets out priority actions for BIOPAMA

Mar. 2012 – Feb. 2013 A global inception workshop sets the start of this EU-ACP programme, with enthusiasm and hopes for protected areas in ACP.

2011 - 2012


EU and ACP launch a new programme

2011 - 2012, BIOPAMA aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas.