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Organizations or consortium of organizations with a regional mandate located and operating across African countries and sharing the vision of BIOPAMA for West and Central Africa have the opportunity to participate in BIOPAMA by contributing to the BIOPAMA Regional Observatory for West and Central Africa. The expressions of interest should be submitted by Friday, 21 March 2014.

BIOPAMA will establish a regional Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in the West and Central Africa that will be hosted for a pilot phase within the Observatory for Central African Forests (OFAC as French acronym for Observatoire des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale).

The Observatory will facilitate the provision of relevant data and information to assist in better planning and decision-making, support exchange of knowledge and expertise and, in partnership with existing institutions, build regional capacity to support the use of data and information for policy and decision-making.

An EoI (Expression of Interest, 10-point font, 5-10 pages, maximum, using single-spaced) may be submitted by an organization or a consortium of organizations with a regional mandate, i.e. those organizations located and operating across African countries (e.g. inter-governmental body, NGO, university centre, policy think-tank, research institute, or consortium). When preparing an EoI, organizations should complete the submission template and should consult the Observatory Terms of Reference.

Interested organizations are encouraged to deliver their submission electronically by COB Friday, 21 March, 2014 as an email attachment sent to