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International Partnerships

BIOPAMA: Managing biodiversity and protected areas

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme assists the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to address their priorities for better managing and governing biodiversity and natural resources.


Our approach

BIOPAMA intervenes in 79 countries hosting 9 000 protected terrestrial and marine areas, encompassing a massive diversity of ecological, social, economic and cultural landscapes. The regions represent some of the most challenging places on Earth and host a huge share of our planet’s biodiversity. While the objectives of the programme are the same across all the regions, BIOPAMA can only succeed by tailoring them to respond to specific needs and complement countries’ efforts filling the gaps where they exist.

The programme builds on the following elements

1. Regional Observatory for biodiversity and protected areas management in each of the five regions in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. Its mandate is to coordinate data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting and help tracking the progress. In addition, it seeks to develop the capacities of regional and national authorities to make optimal use of this information, and to provide policy guidance for better decision making. The Regional Observatories are:

2. Targeted capacity building activities on protected area management and governance for national agencies, site managers and other conservation practitioners to improve decision-making, as well as networking and advocacy for nature-based solutions.

3. Regional Reference Information Systems, hosted within the Regional Observatories, which provides easy and free access to critical information on the region’s biodiversity and protected areas, and thus support the regional and national authorities and site managers in decision making.

In addition, protected and conserved areas and surrounding communities can be granted funds to address specific management and governance issues identified by the management and governance assessment tools.

Expected results

By the end of the programme, all African, Caribbean and Pacific countries should have up-to-date data in the World Database of Protected Areas. At least 10% of the protected areas of each country are assessed for management effectiveness and at least 5 sites per region assessed for governance At least 60% of the ACP countries should be using Regional Observatories and Regional Reference Information Systems for information, decision-making and reporting. Furthermore, at least 200 relevant users will be trained per region, at least two State of Protected Areas reports produced per region, and at least 100 priority areas should benefit from BIOPAMA-funded projects.

Key info

Geographical coverage: 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Duration: June 2017–September 2025

Budget: €60 000 000

Implementing partners: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC)