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The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is organizing a regional inception workshop in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on April 24 and 25, 2019. This meeting aims to inform the conservation partners of the objectives of the second phase of the programme and to effectively plan the support that the implementing partners will bring to the WAEMU Commission and the actors in the region.

Partners: The workshop is organised in collaboration with WAEMU, the institutional host of BIOPAMA in Western Africa, the Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves (OIPR) and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Cote d'Ivoire (MINEDD).

Objective: The workshop aims to inform the conservation stakeholders about the strategy of the BIOPAMA Programme to enhance information management on protected areas and biodiversity, in order to improve the policies, regional strategies and site-based actions regarding the environment and conservation.

Expected result: Targeted actions in priority conservation landscapes in Western Africa will be identified, validated and considered for the programme’s work plan.

Workshop outputs:

  • Drafting of a training priorities list for the protected areas professionals, in order to allow the efficient use of the Regional Information System of Western Africa;
  • Roadmap of the State of Marine Protected Areas Report: identification of editorial policy, themes to review, the proposition of an outline and identification of potential authors;
  • Recommendations on the local and national investment priorities through grant-making;
  • Suggestions of priorities and partnerships to value the available data and information, in order to inform the UEMOA indicators through the future regional observatory for biodiversity and protected areas;
  • Observations on the countries and their partners’ priorities for the implementation of IMET campaigns.

BIOPAMA aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

The workshop documents and resources are available on this page.

Presentations day 1 - 24 April:


Presentations day 2 - 25 April: