What were we up to?
More than 10,000 top government officials, scientists and civil society leaders convened for the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, 1-10 September 2016, Hawai’i. The BIOPAMA programme was represented with 30 events and a team of 13 staff. Their results are outline in a new report of the BIOPAMA, European Union and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group visibility at the IUCN Congress 2016.

Consult the report at this link.

Our updates
The latest BIOPAMA news from the IUCN Congress:
Solutions for improving data access at the IUCN Congress 2016

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway) had an invaluable opportunity to share its model for linking data to better decision making on an international scale when it hosted a Knowledge Café at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress 2016. Continue reading...

IUCN Congress achievements for BIOPAMA's Eastern and Southern Africa

Sharing knowledge, building capacity, and exchanging best practices with a global audience were the main outcomes of the IUCN Congress 2016 for BIOPAMA in Eastern and Southern Africa. The two BIOPAMA congress events coordinated by this region contributed to the achievements of the BIOPAMA programme aimed at showcasing the results of the project and how the conservation world can benefit from them. Continue reading...

New resources launched at the IUCN Congress

The recently closed IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 enabled the world to exchange, learn and share solutions for our planet. The development of resources and capacity for improving the biodiversity actions and decisions were part of this global agenda. Several resources launched and presented at this congress were possible with the support and contribution from BIOPAMA, among many other partners. Read more

BIOPAMA at the Congress - Day 5 video

The last day of #IUCN Congress Forum, 5 September, was a celebration of the BIOPAMA solution for sustainable and long term protected areas management. Watch the video of day 5.

BIOPAMA at the Congress - Day 4 video

Extractives guidelines for protected areas and the Pacific were in the focus. Watch here our day 4 highlights.

BIOPAMA at the Congress - Day 3 video

During the third day of IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, BIOPAMA hosted a series of events dedicated to build capacity on conflict resolution, negotiation skills, data management and protected area management effectiveness.The day culminated with a networking event for the ACP. Watch the highlights.

BIOPAMA at the Congress - Day 2 video

The second day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress offered plenty of opportunities for BIOPAMA to engage with participants and stakeholders. Check out some snapshots in this video here.

BIOPAMA at the Congress - Day 1 video

The "welcome" video of the BIOPAMA team at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 is available here. Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!

Congo Basin Pavilion

Check out the BIOPAMA supported event at the Congo Basin Pavilion (931) on September 3rd, from 15 to 16h30 "ISSUES OF MANAGEMENT OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS IN CENTRAL AFRICA: OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS". Learn more

Future conservation champions

Young people are important in conservation and creating a better future for our planet. The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 is a unique opportunity to support, empower and learn from next generations of conservationists. The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and BIOPAMA partnered up to support the participation of 8 young professionals from Oceania to participate in the IUCN Congress and contribute to shaping the future of conservation for their region and the world. They are:Liam Kokaua – Cook Islands; Natalie Lobartolo -Tahiti; Danita Strickland -Samoa; Albert Whippy  – Fiji; Erina Lawrence – Solomons; James Hattam and Geoffrey Kay - Australia; and James Tremlett - New Zealand. Learn about one of these young professionals, Albert Whippy, in this video.

The Promise of Sydney Journey

BIOPAMA contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress are part of the Promise of Sydney Journey. They touch the pillars: "developing protected area professionals capacity" and "offering protected area solutions to global challenges. Read more

How to use the BIOPAMA protected area tools?

Our conservation campus on interactive tools for protected area management on 5 September is fully booked! This tranining is a hands-on use of global and regional online software tools to analyse and assess protected areas. The Reference Information System (rris.biopama.org) will be the central piece of this training.

You haven't booked your spot and you want to learn about the BIOPAMA Reference Information System (RIS) and its regional instances? Join the BIOPAMA team at the Protected Planet Pavilion every day during the Congress Forum, 11-12h and 16-17h! We will be happy to meet you, show you how to use the RRIS and answer any questions.

Join our conservation campus on negotiation skills

Join our conservation campus on negotiation skills! This training focuses on building capacity for dispute resolution and negotiation. It aims to provide participants with: (1) a good understanding of the process and approaches to dispute resolution and negotiation, (2) an opportunity to practice some key skills for negotiating sustainable solutions and (3) insight into real-life examples illustrating various approaches, challenges and opportunities. Some spaces are still available, so get in touch before 12 August to secure your spot! Learn more

Our agenda at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme is contributing to the agenda of the IUCN World Conservation Congress with a series of events covering a variety of subjects related to protected areas management, decisions support tools and capacity development, with examples from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions.

Our agenda is also available in downloadable format.

September 2, Friday

  • The BIOPAMA hour. 11:00-12:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • Developing capacity for a Protected Planet in African the Caribbean and the Pacific. 13:00-13:30h, Screen 1: #WCC_9976
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 16:00-17:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • The Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) for protected areas: discover the IMET process. 17:00-18:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: #WCC_12478
  • The IMET clinic. 18:00-19:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool and talk to our experts about it.
  • The BIOPAMA Reference Information System for Protected Areas. 19:00-19:30h, Screen 14: #WCC_9866

September 3, Saturday

  • Reaching sustainable solutions through effective negotiation. 8:30-19:00h, room 305B: #WCC_9628
  • Essentials for a Protected Planet: BIOPAMA and the Regional Reference Information System. 10:00-11:00h, Knowledge hub: #WCC_10978
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 11:00-12:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • The IMET clinic. 12:00-13:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool and talk to our experts about it.
  • Linking Data to Better Decisions – Improving the performance of Protected Areas in the Caribbean. 14:30-16:30h, room 311-13: #WCC_10399
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 16:00-17:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Night. 19:30-21:00h, Rooftop garden. The get together of the protected areas and biodiversity conservation practitioners from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific at the IUCN Congress: #WCC_15481. Find here the invitation to this event

September 4, Sunday

  • Reconciling Conservation and development: Launch of the SADC Guidelines on Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Extractive Industry. 11:00-12:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: #WCC_12493
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 11:00-12:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • The IMET clinic. 12:00-13:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool and talk to our experts about it.
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 16:00-16:30h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) for protected areas: a result-oriented tool for biodiversity conservation, e-poster. #WCC_10505

September 5, Monday

  • Interactive tools for mapping and analysing protected areas. 8:30-19:00h, room 308A: #WCC_9623
  • Tailoring Capacity Development for protected and other conserved areas planning and management: what is needed? 10:00-11:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: #WCC_12502
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 11:00-12:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.
  • The IMET clinic. 12:00-13:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool and talk to our experts about it.
  • Protected areas management for the long term sustainable development. 13:00-14:30h, Protected Planet Pavilion: This session will profile the results of the BIOPAMA programme in developing capacity and enhancing access to information for the long term and sustainable protected area management. #WCC_12505
  • The BIOPAMA hour. 16:00-17:00h, Protected Planet Pavilion: Discover the BIOPAMA protected areas decision support tools and meet the BIOPAMA team, who will show you how it works and answer your questions.

We recommend:

  • September 2, 11:00-13:00h, 313B: Harnessing Expertise, Knowledge and Networks: Building Capacity for Protected and Other Conserved Areas across Oceania. #WCC_9669
  • September 4, 13:00-14:30, Protected Planet Pavilion: Launch: Climate Change Best Practice Guidelines. #WCC_12495
  • September 4, 14:30-16:30, Hawai’i Pacific Pavilion B: Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation. #WCC_12249
  • September 5, 19:30-21:00, Room 316C: Conservation and human development in Africa, Latin America and Asia – the EU vision. #WCC_15505
  • The Congo Basin Pavilion: visit the exhibition space 931 for a variety of events concerning the Congo Basin. A partnership of OFAC COMIFAC, RAPAC, IUCN and others.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. It is an opportunity to share with the conservation and development community the solutions BIOPAMA proposes for improved access to the best available information on protected areas. The BIOPAMA programme will be present at the IUCN Congress with a team from IUCN, EC-JRC and our close partners SPREP, UWI-CERMES, EAC, COMIFAC-OFAC, RAPAC, RAMPAO, as well as many of our stakeholders from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific and worldwide. We are preparing many sessions on a variety of topics linked to protected area management and decision support tools. Discover on this page all our updates.