IUCN’s work in BIOPAMA focuses on the protected areas component. JRC is responsible for the “Regional Reference Information System” part (RRIS) of this component and IUCN is leading the development of capacity building programmes and the establishment of “Centres for protected areas and biodiversity”, or Observatories, in the BIOPAMA regions.

Capacity for protected areas management will be enhanced through:
        •    Training of regional experts and protected areas staff;
        •    Technical support and advice to protected areas agencies; 
        •    Improving the curricula and capacity of regional training centres, and
        •    Development and enhancement of regional technical networks

Observatories will be established and hosted in existing institutions in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions and will play a key role in coordination between partners and stakeholders in the region. The Observatories will function to provide the best available scientific data, traditional knowledge, and lessons learned from field activities, and will:
        •    Serve as knowledge centres for the 
        •    Facilitate networking of experts and 
        •    Coordinate technical and policy 
support to national agencies and regional organizations.



BIOPAMA is a unique example of how to integrate all of IUCN’s main components: secretariat, commissions, and members – under the umbrella of IUCN’s “One Programme” approach. IUCN’s  involvement in BIOPAMA includes:

IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme (IUCN GPAP)

IUCN GPAP is leading IUCN's component in BIOPAMA, under the thematic focus of "Developing Capacity for a Protected Planet". Visit IUCN GPAP website to discover other activities and projects here.


The IUCN Regional Office for West and Central Africa (PACO)

Read about PACO and their BIOPAMA actions here

The IUCN Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO)

Read about ESARO and their BIOPAMA actions here

The IUCN Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ORMACC)

Read about ORMA-CI and their BIOPAMA actions here

The IUCN Regional Office for Oceania (ORO).

Read about ORO and their BIOPAMA actions here

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world’s premier network of protected area expertise, with more than 1,700 members spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors. Read more about IUCN WCPA here.

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 7,500 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity." Read more about IUCN SSC here.

IUCN Members

IUCN members are comprised of states, government agencies, political and economic organizations, and national and international non-governmental organizations. The involvement of these members in BIOPAMA is fundamentally important to its success and relies on members’ leadership, collective knowledge and experience, and a commitment to find solutions to common challenges. Read more about IUCN members here.