The BIOPAMA team joined forces in late November and early December 2013 to significantly raise awareness of the Programme at a number of fora held in the Fijian capital of Suva. IUCN’s focal point for the Pacific, Tony O’Keeffe, BIOPAMA Programme Manager, Nick Cox, and EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) BIOPAMA Coordinator, Steve Peedell delivered presentations and convened workshops inviting participants to contribute ideas to current, proposed and potential BIOPAMA activity in the region during the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, CBD capacity building workshop for the Pacific on ecosystem conservation and restoration, and the UNESCO Pacific World Heritage Workshop.
The presentations enabled regional and national participants to develop a better understanding of what BIOPAMA offered to the region, and provided forums for them to contribute views on key issues and key needs and where BIOPAMA could focus support efforts. In particular, specific input was provided from government and other Pacific regional participants on several specific BIOPAMA objectives relating to data and information tools, as well as capacity development. Regional BIOPAMA posters, banners and factsheets at BIOPAMA display booths enhanced the visibility efforts.