Protected Areas

Ranunculus coronaria. Palestine

Strengthening the network of botanists in the South and East Mediterranean

The project ‘Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East Mediterranean’, which was launched in October 2014, is moving ahead. The Scientific Institute of Mohamed V University in Rabat (Morocco) has recently hosted the first workshop for experts who are going to document the conservation status and distribution of selected rare and threatened plant species in Important Plant Areas (IPAs), especially in those countries where information is insufficient (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine). …  

08 Apr 2015 | News story

WDPA

BIOPAMA support to the UNEP-WCMC World Database on Protected Areas

More than one third of protected areas data for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been improved over the past two years through a collaborative effort between UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme -World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and IUCN through the BIOPAMA programme (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management). Important protected area databases have been sustained and a number of high-impact reports have been produced to support the goal of improving access to best available science and knowledge on protected areas. …   | French

03 Apr 2015 | News story

13A-062-009, SOS - Save Our Species, World Parrot trust, Timneh Parrot, Daniel Lopes

Turning the tide on nest poaching of Timneh parrots in Guinea-Bissau

As another breeding season for Timneh parrots gets underway in the Bijagós islands, hopes are high that the nest monitoring team can build on the successes of the previous year. In late 2014 the return of a poached chick to its nest, and its re-adoption by its parents, provides a heart-warming conservation story and a tangible sign that the strategy of employing former parrot trappers is paying conservation dividends.   …  

01 Apr 2015 | News story

West African Chimpanzee

Reducing Human-Chimpanzee conflicts in Guinea-Bissau

Tedros Medhin, project coordinator with Stichting Chimbo, an SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, reports from Boé, Guinea-Bissau, about how Village Vigilance Committees (CVVs) are helping to protect the local population of Endangered West African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes ssp. verus). …  

25 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story

Azraq Wetland - Jordan

Environmental interpretation training for Mediterranean protected areas

Tourism is becoming a way of increasing the financial resources of protected areas and improving their administrative capacity. To manage the impact of tourists in protected areas is necessary to use tools to establish communication between the natural and cultural element we wish to protect and the visitors. In this light, Environmental Interpretation is one of the most successful ways of forming conservationist awareness in the last decade. …  

13 Mar 2015 | News story

Grand Etang Lake, Grenada

Call for Expressions of Interest – Data Management Training

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is currently soliciting Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from organisations actively involved in managing protected areas at the national level and needing assistance in conducting data management workshops/trainings. …   | French

12 Mar 2015 | News story

Virunga National Park

Improving protected area management effectiveness in West and Central Africa

In West and Central Africa, BIOPAMA is progressing with its capacity development strategy, and one of the first key actions is to develop a training manual on how to collect, manage, and analyze data for monitoring protected areas management effectiveness. This was possible during a regional key partners’ workshop, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, 23 -28 February 2015. …   | French

10 Mar 2015 | News story

Manta Rays in the Maldives

Getting #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime

What do camels use to hide themselves? Camelflauge of course! If you search the Internet for wildlife jokes, you will find many – some good, some not so good. But you will find them. …  

26 Feb 2015 | News story

Participants at the BIOPAMA short course on negotiation skills with a focus on Protected Areas Oct 2014

Capacity development in full swing

As part of the implementation of the capacity building programmes, BIOPAMA is holding a series of workshops in February and March 2015 throughout its regions. …   | French | Spanish

26 Feb 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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