Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway
Activities and Outputs

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (BIOPAMA programme) conducts protected area management effectiveness (PAME) assessment for three  sites in St. Vincent and the Grenadines  
  • Assessments were conducted from March 4th - 8th, 2019 for the South Coast Marine Conservation Area (SCMCA), the King’s Hill Forest Reserve (KHFR) and the Tobago Cay’s Marine Park (TCMP) using the Advanced METT Tool. The BIOPAMA team also toured  Ashton Lagoon and Mustique Marine Protected Area.  (see attached photo for this event).

BIOPAMA webinar series:
  • Webinar One (Data exploration, discovery and sharing): was held on Wednesday 20th February     (see recording here) and presented on how to use the new Reference Information System to explore and discover data, to help users understand how to publish and document data, and what kinds of things are appropriate/relevant to share.
  • Webinar Two (Data use and analysis) was held Wednesday, 13th March (see recording here) and addressed the question of 'where data has already been collected, how do we do something meaningful with it?' while also presenting the data analysis activities that would actually lead to information products (e.g. graphs and trends used to report on the state of biodiversity and protected areas, or landscape prioritisations designed to support strategic decision making).

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (BIOPAMA programme) participates in the  Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Sixth National Report (6NR) Technical Support Workshop for the Caribbean Region
  • The Caribbean Gateway and IUCN-ORMACC  collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), facilitators of the 6NR workshop held in Barbados, January 23-24, 2019. Representatives from 17 Caribbean and Central American countries gathered to exchange best practices, share experiences and work around the 6NR on Biodiversity during the two-day workshop. Please click here to view the final report.
The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (BIOPAMA programme) facilitates a follow-up workshop on protected area management effectiveness (PAME) for St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, November 19 - 23, 2018, the workshop  provided PAME training for PA professionals within responsible management agencies, including the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority, Forestry Services, Fisheries Division, and non-governmental organizations.  An in-depth introduction to the PAME framework and associated tools was provided, in particular on the Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit and Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT).

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (BIOPAMA programme) facilitates a follow-up workshop on protected area management effectiveness (PAME) for Antigua and Barbuda  
  • Held in Antigua and Barbuda, November  6 - 9, 2018, participants reviewed the PAME framework and tools they could use to more effectively manage their protected areas. PAME assessments were also conducted for two sites and technical guidance was provided in the development of a draft management plan for a proposed protected area.

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway presents a poster at the 71st Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) annual conference 
  • The poster, presented at the GCFI conference held November 5 - 9, 2018 in San Andres, Colombia, focused on increasing the visibility and influence of data in decision and highlighted the potential for the State of Protected Areas (SoPA) report as a communications product to do such.

BIOPAMA and the CMBP hosted a webinar on the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool
  • The webinar, facilitated by Dr. Marc Hockings (Vice-Chair, Science and Management, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas),  aimed to provide an introduction to the use and application of the METT for the Caribbean community.

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway embarks on the production of a ‘State of Protected Areas (SoPA) Report’ 
  • The Caribbean Gateway held a State of Protected Areas (SoPA) Report’workshop from 5-6 September in Bridgetown, Barbados which brought together a core group of regional participants to discuss the details required to develop, produce and disseminate a State of Protected Areas Report for the Caribbean. Such a report is expected to add value to regional and global reporting and monitoring mechanisms, among other things.

BIOPAMA hosts protected areas effectiveness workshop
  • BIOPAMA held a Protected Areas Management Effectiveness workshop from June 25 to 27 in Gros Islet,   St Lucia. At the workshop, the 35 participants from 15 Caribbean countries were introduced to the IUCN protected area management effectiveness framework, the tools, and their implementation in the PAs of the 15 Caribbean countries. Participants also gained insight into the challenges of environmental management in and around a popular World Heritage Site as they were taken on a land and sea field trip by the Pitons Management Area Office and the Soufriere Marine Management Association.

The 13th staging of the Training of Trainers​
  • The 13th staging of the Training of Trainers (ToT) Regional Course on MPA Management, organized by the Caribbean MPA Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) in collaboration with CERMES and with financial support from BIOPAMA.
Signing of UWI-IUCN Agreement for Second Phase of BIOPAMA takes place at the BIOPAMA Caribbean: regional inception workshop​

Initiation of the Second Phase of BIOPAMA
  • The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, and the UWI through CERMES renewed their commitment to improving the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources in the Caribbean through the continuing of the BIOPAMA programme. Click here for more details

  • Terrestrial Protected Areas Management Training (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; January 11-16)     – capacity building course for protected areas in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean which covered the design and management of protected areas, law enforcement and governance for protected areas, participatory governance of protected areas, and sustainable tourism planning and management of tourism enterprises.



  • IUCN Regional Conservation Forum in Panama City, Panama; September 2 - The Caribbean Gateway was introduced during a technical session used to highlight the main goals and objectives of the BIOPAMA programme. Regional stakeholders present were given the opportunity to interact with the Caribbean RRIS platform, ask questions and provide their feedback for the continued development of the Caribbean Gateway.


  • November 2014 - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ORMACC) and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, announced their collaboration on the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway). The Gateway will support the collection, management, analysis and application of data and information relevant to protected areas and biodiversity in the Caribbean.