Protecting the Planet Newsletter: BIOPAMA and Capacity Development 
  09 April 2015

BIOPAMA supports World Database on Protected Areas
More than one third of protected areas data for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been improved over the past two years through a collaborative effort between UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and IUCN through the BIOPAMA programme (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management). Important protected area databases have been sustained and a number of high-impact reports have been produced to support the goal of improving access to the best available science and knowledge on protected areas. 

Bazaruto National Park © BIOPAMA Photos/ Christine Mentzel
inspiring places
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique 
An area of globally outstanding conservation, the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park has been protected as a conservation area and national park since 1971. The area, which includes the coral reefs surrounding the islands, is one of five official marine protected areas in Mozambique. and is a crucial achievement in global marine conservation, being Mozambique’s first declared marine protected area and one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean.
Dr. Georgina Bustamante © Georgina Bustamante
Championing marine conservation
Do not miss our exclusive interview with marine conservation champion Dr. Georgina Bustamante, who works as the Coordinator of the Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum. Based in Florida, Dr. Bustamante took the time to share some of her thoughts on the collaboration with the BIOPAMA programme and the potential of further engagement for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean region.
Participants at the BIOPAMA training © BIOPAMA Photos
INSPIRING solutions
Trained to negotiate
More than 100 protected area practitioners and stakeholders from 18 Eastern and Southern African countries were trained in negotiation skills during 4 training sessions organized by BIOPAMA and the Sustainability Challenge Foundation during the last 6 months. Graduates applied their new-found skills in their daily work, contributing to a better management of protected area conflicts.
Fishing activities in Andros West Side National Park © BNT
biopama observatories
The science behind key decisions  
The BIOPAMA Observatories for Protected Areas and Biodiversity are regional resource hubs to support better decision-making for more effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. This feature provides an update on the regional actions and partnerships towards capacity building and supporting the use of the best available scientific data and information in decision-making processes.
Hainburg/Donau-Auen National Park, Austria © IUCN
Sign up for 'Little Sydney' now!
Do not miss out on the chance to be a participant at the event which everybody is talking about - the 'Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe' conference, taking place in Hainburg/Donau-Auen National Park, Austria from 28-31 May 2015. The conference will build on the outcomes of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and the Promise of Sydney. Register this week and you'll get the special 'Early Bird' discount offer.   
Koror, Palau © Stuart Chape
developing capacity
Management course revitalised
The Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive management Course (PICCC) is an effective capacity development initiative for Pacific Island biodiversity conservation practitioners. Run several times since 2000, the course has been revitalized in 2015 by key partners, the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) of USP, the LMMA Network, SPREP, BIOPAMA and MACBIO, along with other regional partners. Their concrete efforts aim at reviving, updating, and consolidating the course over a five year period (2015-2019).

Lynda Mansson, DG of MAVA, at WPC © IUCN - Célia Zwahlen



World Heritage work gets renewed support from MAVA
The MAVA Foundation and IUCN have signed an agreement to continue their partnership on World Heritage through a new phase of work over the next four years. The new project, ‘A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage’, builds on the 2010-2014 Agenda for Nature and will enable IUCN to consolidate knowledge and trigger action to improve conservation prospects for natural World Heritage, levering across the unique union structure of IUCN, particularly through the new World Heritage Outlook.

hot off the press

Protected Area Governance and Management 
This wonderful publication on the governance and management of protected areas presents a compendium of original text, case studies and examples from across the world, by drawing on the literature, and on the knowledge and experience of those involved in protected areas. The book was officially launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and is now available free for download.
Capacity development theme 
Did you know that IUCN implements Capacity Development activities across all regions and it is a recognized core business of the Union? For more information on the World Parks Congress theme on Capacity Development you can check out the official fact sheet here or read the proposed innovative approaches by clicking below.
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