IUCN's work in BIOPAMA focuses on the protected areas component. IUCN is leading the development of capacity building programmes and the establishment of “Centres for protected areas and biodiversity”, or Observatories, in the BIOPAMA regions. JRC is responsible for the “Reference Information System” of the protected areas component.
BIOPAMA is a unique example of how to integrate all of IUCN’s main components: secretariat, commissions, and members – under the umbrella of IUCN’s “One Programme” approach. IUCN’s involvement in BIOPAMA includes the Global Protected Areas Programme, four regional offices - Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, Regional Office for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean Initiative and Regional Office for Oceania - and two commissions of experts - World Commission on Protected Areas and Species Survival Commission.