The Regional Workshop on improving information and capacity for more effective Protected Area management in the Pacific will be held in Apia, Samoa, 11-15 June 2018.
The workshop has been made possible through the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme, which is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF). BIOPAMA supports the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources in all ACP countries in protected areas and surrounding communities through better use and monitoring of information and capacity development on management and governance. Furthermore, BIOPAMA provides tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision making, and grant funding opportunities for specific site-based actions.
The workshop will be hosted by the Government of Samoa and is jointly delivered by the BIOPAMA regional implementing partners IUCN Oceania Regional Office and SPREP, and supported by the programmes’ global partner implementing partner, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC)
Specific objectives of the regional workshop are to:
- provide information about the second phase of the BIOPAMA Programme - its objectives, benefits to countries, expected results and main activities as well opportunities for involvement by countries and organisations
- engage with stakeholders and partners about priority needs for improving information and capacity for decision making and effective management of protected areas
- provide training on the Pacific Islands Protected Area Portal PIPAP (managed by SPREP in collaboration with the EC-JRC) and other relevant web based information tools for protected area planning and management
- provide information about the BIOPAMA Action Component and identify regional and national priorities for investments through grant making (managed by IUCN)