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25 Apr 2017
Factsheet
The need to improve governance and regular maintenance of Caribbean protected areas led to the creation of the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway, a free, open-access platform launched in 2016 so that researchers, academicians, government conservation agencies and nongovernmental organisations can share and access maps, data and information on natural resources, biodiversity and protected areas management.
31 Mar 2017
Article
The Bururi Forest Nature Reserve in Burundi was previously considered to be the link between heaven and earth. The ancient Burundians attached great importance to forest conservation, especially mountain forests. Several mountain forests were protected and used as a place of worship, while other forests served as a necropolis for Queen Mothers.
07 Mar 2017
News story
The Government of St. Lucia will be working to execute legal, regulatory, financial, policy and communications strategies and actions to formally adopt and implement the Saint Lucia’s Systems Plan for Protected Areas.
28 Feb 2017
News
Samoa has been at the forefront of efforts to protect its unique biodiversity and ecosystems. It is home to O le Pupu Pu'e National Park, established in 1978, the first national park declared in the South Pacific. A national workshop for protected area stakeholder's, co-organised and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) was completed for Samoa this month to help initiate measures to improve data and information on Samoa's protected areas.
15 Feb 2017
Article
The year 2016 was marked by a very intense IMET (Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool) campaign in West and Central African countries. The BIOPAMA team in this region, the network of IMET coaches, regional organizations and national protected areas agencies participated in the efforts to train 140 staff on improving protected area management effectiveness, while reaching directly a total audience of close to 600.