2016 represents the fifth year of BIOPAMA activities in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Highlights include more capacity development for protected area staff at different levels, increased countries engagement particularly in protected area data collection, participation at international events (including the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, CITES COP 17, CBD COP 13), networking and experts’ coordination, as well as targeted technical support to countries.
“A key success of BIOPAMA in 2016 was the increased networking and collaboration with regional agencies and initiatives involved in capacity building and data management leading to the consolidation of the Regional Observatories. The trust our partners and donors put in BIOPAMA led to a solid cooperation for making a practical contribution to improving protected areas management and governance in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”, said Pedro Rosabal, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and BIOPAMA’s Programme Manager. “With the support of a dedicated team in IUCN and EC’s Joint Research Centre, BIOPAMA continued in 2016 to deliver results that contribute to achieving some key sustainable development goals in these regions”, he continued.
The pictures in this slideshow capture a few moments of this programme's implementation throughout the last 12 months.