Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway
Activities and Outputs

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
  • The signature of the IUCN – UWI agreement took place in the first day of the BIOPAMA regional relaunch. This meeting hosted around 60 participants from 21 countries in the Caribbean region and beyond who represented the stakeholders and potential beneficiaries of the BIOPAMA actions in this region.

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.