The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) is a component of the PIPAP. BIOPAMA aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas. Specifically, BIOPAMA will enhance existing institutions and networks by making the best available science and knowledge available for building capacity to improve policies and better decision-making on biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and access and benefit sharing.
BIOPAMA is a four year-initiative (2012-2016) funded by resources from the European Development Fund (EDF) and consists of two main parts:
A protected areas component, jointly implemented by IUCN and the European Commission – Joint Research Center (EC-JRC), that includes (a) Capacity building for regional and national institutions, technical personnel, and protected areas managers; and (b) improved access and availability of biodiversity data through the establishment of regional observatories and information systems to improve decision making.
An Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) component implemented by the Multi-donor ABS Capacity Development Initiative managed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH).
In the Pacific region, the BIOPAMA implementing partners are the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania (IUCN-ORO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the host organisation of the PIPAP, the regional observatory in the region. The EC-JRC provides technical assistance for BIOPAMA , focussing on development of the central and regional reference information systems, and associated data analysis tools. As implementing partners at the BIOPAMA global level, IUCN and EC-JRC provided project planning support and facilitation to SPREP during the work planning phase.
BIOPAMA’s Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) is an online information system bringing together relevant information to support decision-making for planning, designating and managing protected areas. It has a strong emphasis on geospatial data and information (maps, geo-referenced measurements and observations, satellite and aerial imagery) while also integrating web services and authoritative reference, data from other organisations and institutions.
READ About the RRIS and THE PACIFIC BIOPAMA: A Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) for Protected Areas and Developing Capacity for a Protected Planet in the Pacific