The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims to assist the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in developing a framework for improving technical and institutional approaches to conserve biodiversity, in protected and conserved areas, through regional cooperation and capacity building activities. These actions are structured around the work of a series of Regional Observatories (RO) for protected areas across the ACP, managed by regional institutions, and housing Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS) with tools and services that stakeholders can use to monitor and report on the status of biodiversity and PAs. In the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region, the observatory will be known as the Regional Resource Hub.
BIOPAMA is jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and RCMRD will be the host institution for this observatory.
Protected areas are one of the cornerstones and fundamental strategies for promoting and conserving biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being – at local and global scale. For the Eastern and Southern African region, this has been acknowledged at regional level through various regional strategies and policies and at international level through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which sets an ambitious framework for the future development of the world’s protected area system, as well as in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The BIOPAMA programme also implements an Action Component which comprises a grants programme to support specific actions on the ground in priority conservation landscapes that are aimed at strengthening protected area (PA) and natural resource management effectiveness and governance. The Action Component involves the implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of small to medium sized grants. In order to ensure the efficacy of the grants programme, it is important to align proposals with identified national and regional priorities.