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The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

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  • EU
  • IUCN
  • EC

    BIOPAMA is working to improve their management and governance.


    Their livelihoods depend on the sustainable use of natural resources in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

  • 2000+ STAFF:

    they have already been trained by BIOPAMA to enhance their capacities to manage protected and conserved areas

  • 21 MIL EUR:

    BIOPAMA’s commitment for actions on the ground for 2017-2023

“Protected areas are a key element of sustainable development, benefitting local and rural communities. They underpin economic activities, like tourism, and they guarantee basic services, like water provision. When managed in an efficient way, they improve local governance and promote the stability of large territories. This is why the continued success of the BIOPAMA programme is so crucial. ”
Stefano Manservisi

Stefano Manservisi

Director General of the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation and Development

“I had the pleasure to attend the Negotiation Skill training for Protected Area Management in Sub Saharan Africa that was hosted by BIOPAMA in 2014. I used my newly acquired skills in negotiating new funding amounting to $150M for Tourism Growth in Southern Tanzania National Parks. This training has provided me with unique exposure in negotiating for the high value conservation projects. ”
Paul Banga

Paul Banga

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)



The BIOPAMA community on Yammer has currently 700 members and it is growing. It is open to all who have an interest in biodiversity and protected area management, especially in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions.


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.