This project is a follow-up to phase 1 of BIOPAMA which started in 2011 and finished in February 2017. The programme established a series of Regional Observatories (RO) across the ACP region housing a Regional Reference Information System (RIS). SPREP became the BIOPAMA Pacific Observatory for the Pacific in 2014. The Programme also developed a series of tools to enable stakeholders to access and analyse information relating to biodiversity, natural resource-use and protected area management with a view to improving decision making processes and enhancing conservation and livelihood outcomes. A mid-term review (MTR) was conducted in 2015 which recommended that a follow-up phase of the project should be funded.
The BIOPAMA II programme (2017 to 2023) aims to contribute to improving the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC). Building on the first five years of activities financed by the 10th EDF, BIOPAMA’s second phase provides tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision making, and funding opportunities for specific site-based actions. For more information see www.biopama.org
BIOPAMA II will focus on the specific issue of information pertaining to biodiversity, protected area management and governance and how this information can be used to strengthen planning, governance, management and policy making in Pacific ACP countries.