06 Jul 2015 | Article
The BIOPAMA programme is establishing in the Pacific a Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) to help improve information about protected areas in this region. The RRIS is housed within the Pacific Islands Protected Areas Portal (PIPAP), currently being developed as an important regional hub for information exchange between people working with protected areas.
01 Jul 2015 | Article
Within the Caribbean, sustainable development is a top priority for many countries, given their fragile economies and vulnerability to the changing global climate. However, to be effective in development planning and resource management, the region needs to have access to the best credible and reliable data and information.
25 Jun 2015 | Article
A recent major African conference on biodiversity information for sustainable development highlights key messages of relevance to the protected areas observatories for Eastern and Southern Africa: mobilizing more decision-making and policy- relevant data; having full visibility of the value chain of biodiversity; adopting an inclusive approach towards other sectors that have an impact on biodiversity; and promoting collaborations to maximize the available resources.
18 Jun 2015 | News story
The University of Seychelles is working towards including negotiation modules using the Mutual Gains Approach within their Governance and Stakeholder Engagement Course. This initiative is being led by three graduates of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme’s Negotiation Skills Training of Trainers held in February 2015, which equipped participants with skills to train and assist protected area practitioners in negotiation skills using the Mutual Gains Approach.
12 Jun 2015 | News story
A new IUCN report released today evaluates the state of West and Central Africa’s terrestrial and freshwater fauna and highlights the inadequacy of responses to rapid wildlife decline in the region. Improved legislation and much more effective protection is urgently required to meet international targets for protected areas and halting biodiversity loss. | French