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January 2017

The revisited website of the BIOPAMA programme is launched. The website developed during the first phase of the programme is still accessible at

October 2017

As BIOPAMA resumes with a second phase, under the 11th European Development Fund, the programme adopts a revisited visual identity.

February 2017

By the end of the first phase, BIPAMA has held 120 capacity development events involving more than 2000 protected area professionals from the related sectors, from national administrations to local communities, academia and private sector.

September 2016

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 profiled BIOPAMA to an audience of 10,000 world environmental leaders and practitioners through 30 events, 4 pavilions, with the support of 11 communications materials and 13 staff and with results in online interactions of more than 20,000. 

March 2016

“The Pacific Islands Region Strategy and Action Plan for Capacity Development in Protected and Other Conserved Areas 2015-2020” is tailored to specifically address the distinctive issues, needs and opportunities that occur in the Pacific region. It was developed in the framework of the Pacific Islands Roundtable – Protected Areas Working Group and it was set to guide the Pacific capacity development actions in the next 5 years. 

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October 2015

The BIOPAMA capacity development approaches in Southern Africa are adopted by other initiatives: Southern African Wildlife College hosts first paid-for negotiation training in the region, based on BIOPAMA training and materials developed with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (SCF).

September 2015

Two years after the launch of, the website hits 20,000 viewers.

May 2015

The agreement with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat for hosting the observatory for this region has been implemented. Shortly after, a meeting with the representatives of the EAC countries and other stakeholders was organized to present them the BIOPAMA resources and tools for improving protected areas management.

March - April 2015

BIOPAMA supported the relaunch of two major Pacific initiatives: the Pacific Islands protected areas working group, in close collaboration with SPREP, and the Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive Management Course (PICCC), an annual three-module course proven to be an effective capacity development initiative for Pacific Island conservation practitioners.

April 2015

The most comprehensive resource published so far on capacity development has been launched. BIOPAMA is one of the partners who made the book “Protected Areas Governance and Management” possible, contributing to the professional development of protected area professionals. With its 28 chapters addressing a large variety of topics linked to protected areas governance and management, the book is addressed to students, policy makers, practitioners and any interested readers.

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July 2015

A network of 27 coaches from 12 West and Central African countries was established. They qualified to serve as coaches of the BIOPAMA observatory for Central Africa after completing the training on COMIT (Coach Observatory Mission Information Toolkit COMIT).

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January 2015

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) was updated with a comprehensive set of information on the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries’ protected areas, with the major contribution of the BIOPAMA programme.

November 2014

BIOPAMA makes major contributions at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, Sydney, Australia. 

November 2014

The Caribbean Observatory is formally established and hosted by UWI- CERMES, the University of the West Indies, Centre for Resources Management and Environmental Studies, Barbados.

October 2014

The BIOPAMA Observatory for Central Africa is launched and hosted by COMIFAC OFAC.

September 2014

The first version of the Reference Information System goes live: This is an open source, free tool for protected area data management.

September 2014

The BIOPAMA observatory for the Pacific is formally established and hosted by SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

2011 - 2012

The first phase of the BIOPAMA programme is approved by the EU- ACP partnership and launched by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

January - December 2014

The Bahamas protected area agencies reviewed the application of IUCN Management Categories to the Bahamas System of protected areas with BIOPAMA technical assistance in a series of 3 workshops in 2014.



What is the Reference Information System?

The Reference Information Systems (RIS) is a tool that gathers in one place the information from the many knowledge products, projects, databases on protected areas, species and related information, in addition to the data uploaded, created and generated by the users themselves. This information can be used to support decision making for planning, designating and managing protected areas. The regional versions of the RIS are key features of the BIOPAMA Observatories for protected areas and biodiversity established in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.