Developing capacity for a Protected Planet in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
The Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas.
BIOPAMA is financially supported by resources from the intra-ACP envelope of the European Commission’s (EC) 10th European Development Fund (EDF). BIOPAMA combines improving data availability with capacity development to strengthen protected area management. It has two main components: one concerning protected areas, jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), and another dealing with access and benefit sharing (ABS), implemented by the Multi-Donor ABS Capacity Development Initiative managed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
IUCN will implement BIOPAMA through its Global Protected Areas Programme, four regional offices and two commissions, the World Commission on Protected Areas and Species Survival Commission. This programme 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. BIOPAMA will also enhance regional partnerships, as well as strengthen existing global partnerships. Continue reading