The provision of data, information and guidance can enhance the protected area decision-making and planning at regional, national and site levels. The Regional Observatories provide these services that allow planners and decision makers to access the most updated and comprehensive information on protected areas and natural resources management using the Reference Information Systems. The production of periodic status reports on biodiversity and other policy support materials, as well as the networking function of the Observatories benefit conservation planners and decision makers.
BIOPAMA will produce periodic status reports on biodiversity and sustainable resources management. The information available in these publications is drawn from the Reference Information Systems and analysed to portray the state of protected areas in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. These publications are tools to guide decision making and investments in protected areas management and governance.
The knowledge generated through the use of the BIOPAMA tools and services is presented in different formats that support planning and decision making and the capacity development endeavours of the BIOPAMA programme. They include case studies (PANORAMA), situation analysis, country and protected area reports, technical briefs and other guiding publications.
In the first phase of the BIOPAMA programme (2011-2017), several publications targeting directly decision makers at all levels were developed. BIOPAMA also contributed to the production of international reports, such as “Protected Planet”. They include:
BIOPAMA endeavours to connect with the regional, national and local actors and ensure the programme addresses needs and gaps, wherever identified. The format of those engagements is diverse, from roundtables and trainings to effective bilateral relations and participation in relevant fora. BIOPAMA aims at organizing regular roundtable dialogues to share with decision makers and the wider conservation and donor community the policy and planning recommendations resulted from the use of BIOPAMA tools.
PANORAMA is a global partnership initiative to find and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics. The PANORAMA platform, and particularly its “protected areas” portal, is a resource that protected area practitioners and decision makers can consult to identify proven solutions and replicate them in their specific contexts. Lessons learnt and success stories resulting from BIOPAMA will be documented, made accessible and promoted through PANORAMA.
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.
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.