The IUCN Oceania regional office is addressing the challenges associated with a vast and highly diverse region where economic and cultural dependence on the natural environment, along with a rapidly expanding human population, leads to increasing demands on the region’s natural resources.
IUCN Oceania has developed strong partnerships with national governments and regional organizations which will facilitate the implementation of BIOPAMA. Managed from Suva, Fiji, the BIOPAMA regional work in the Pacific will focus on developing regionally tailored capacity building programs and establishing a Centre for protected areas and biodiversity for the Pacific. BIOPAMA will support countries toward meeting their targets for expanded and better managed networks of protected areas. The ultimate aim is that communities are able to sustain local livelihoods that are economically and culturally dependent on healthy, resilient and biodiverse natural resources.