by BIOPAMA or produced with BIOPAMA support:
A global register of competencies for protected area practitioners

is a cornerstone of a global IUCN WCPA initiative for professionalising protected area management, initiated through the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney in November 2014. Download it here; Read more about it here.

The Pacific Islands Region Strategy and Action Plan for Capacity Development in Protected and Other Conserved Areas 2015-2020

The strategy is tailored to specifically address the distinctive issues, needs and opportunities that occur in the Pacific region. The strategy and action plan are available at this link.

Coach Observatory Mission Information Toolkit (COMIT)

This publication is a toolkit to support the mission of training protected area managers and administrators in their process of analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the protected area management and governance using the IMET. It was developed in the framework of the BIOPAMA capacity development strategy for West and Central Africa. Download it at this link

This publication is also available in French: Mallette pédagogique COMIT.

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Protected Area Governance and Management Book

Available free for download here

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The Strategic Framework for Capacity Development in Protected Areas and Other Conserved Territories 2015-2025 (SFCD)

The SFCD , developed by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the result of a widespread programme of activities and consultations during 2013 and 2014, culminating in the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. The SFCD is intended to complement, guide, and extend the recommendations on capacity development included in the Promise of Sydney that resulted from the Congress. Available at this link.

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The BIOPAMA capacity building plan for the ACP-Caribbean countries focuses on enhancing the professional development and networking of protected area staff and practitioners; and providing technical and advisory support for country-level implementation of the NBSAP and PoWPA.

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The BIOPAMA Capacity Development Programme in West and Central Africa focuses on improving the management of protected areas, which is the main objective of the Observatory and the Aichi target 11. This program follows a "coaching" approach for the site managers, to improve decision-making in the planning and the management performance.

Materials and publications of the Observatories for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific
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New: Caribbean Gateway webspace at UWI CERMES

Discover the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway on the regional host institution, the Centre for Resource Management and Environment Studies (CERMES), at the University of the West Indies. Discover it here.

Guidelines for Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Extractive Industry

Supported through BIOPAMA's work in Eastern and Southern Africa, the SADC Guidelines for Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Extractive Industry was developed in line with one of the key actions in the SADC Biodiversity Action Plan, to “develop guidelines on the exploitation of natural resources such as minerals in reserves or protected areas”. Read more

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East African Community Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas

Discover more about the first node of the Observatory for Eastern and Southern Africa, dedicated to Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda at this link.

Fishing boats along the coast between Nouakchott and the Banc d'Arguin National Park in Mauritania. Protected areas play an important role in safeguarding fish stocks, helping communities adapt to climate change which is affecting the reliability of food
BIOPAMA regional brochure: West and Central Africa

A brochure explaining in detail the decision support tools of the Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity. The brochure is available in French here

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Pacific Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) - Information Sheet No. 1, July 2015

A first information sheet introducting the Pacific RRIS, services, user benefits, engagement with countries and possibilities for involvement. Consult it here.

Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway

An information factsheet on the Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity for the Caribbean region, called the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway, set up  by IUCN and CERMES - the University of the West Indies (UWI); available here

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Discussion paper: Balancing the exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources with conservation of biodiversity

A brief high-level assessment of the overlap between current and planned Extractive Industries with Protected Areas in the region for presentation and discussion during the fifteenth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), Cairo, Egypt, March 2015. Available here

Brochures and other materials produced by BIOPAMA
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BIOPAMA regional brochure: Eastern and Southern Africa

The brochure is available in three languages: EnglishFrench and Portuguese.

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BIOPAMA regional brochure: the Pacific

The brochure is available here.

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BIOPAMA briefly explained: the fact sheet

The fact sheet is available in three languages: EnglishFrench and Spanish.

by BIOPAMA or with BIOPAMA support
Technical brief: Small grants for conservation

Inventory of small grants to bio-diversity projects in Central and West Africa with analysis of the funding model. Consult the technical brief

BIOPAMA report from the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

More than 10,000 top government officials, scientists and civil society leaders convened for the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, 1-10 September 2016, Hawai’i. The BIOPAMA programme was represented with 30 events and a team of 13 staff. Their results are outline in a new report of the BIOPAMA, European Union and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group visibility at the IUCN Congress 2016. Consult the report


Protected Planet Report 2016

How protected areas contribute to achieving global targets for biodiversity. Developed by UNEP WCMC, the BIOPAMA Reference Information System contributed with data for this report available here.

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BIOPAMA report from the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A report on EU and ACP visibility through BIOPAMA - the Protected Areas component, at the IUCN Workld Parks Congress 2014. Read and download the report here.

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An IUCN situation analysis of terrestrial and freshwater fauna in West and Central Africa

This IUCN report supported by BIOPAMA evaluates the state of West and Central Africa’s terrestrial and freshwater fauna and highlights the inadequacy of responses to rapid wildlife decline in the region. The report is available in English and French.

Protected Planet Report 2014
Governance of Protected Areas: from understanding to action

The publication is supported partially by BIOPAMA and is available in English and French.

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Country reports on marine and terrestrial protected areas status in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

These country reports have been developed by UNEP-WCMC based on the data available in their World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). BIOPAMA has made a major contribution to the effort of improving data on protected areas in the ACP the countries. Available here.

Protected Planet Report 2014
Protected Planet Report 2014

The report, launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, is available here.