Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA)
Bahamas: Coral Harbour West
Caribbean Gateway’s Knowledge Café session at the IUNC World Conservation Congress (Honolulu, Hawai’i)
Barbados: Welchman Hall Gully - Known Green monkey habitat
Grenada: MPA Rangers on patrol
Dominican Republic: Los Tres Ojos National Park
The UWI through CERMES, an IUCN member, hosts and operates the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway). Established through the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme, the Caribbean Gateway was developed to cater to the requirements and needs of the Caribbean region regarding the conservation of its biodiversity, specifically through Protected Areas. The Caribbean Gateway is comprised of a number of web interfaces (see web application section) which promote data and knowledge sharing, serves as a data repository, provides a forum for network development and communication and ultimately functions as a decision support system.
The BIOPAMA programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group which is financially supported by the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The programme aims to address threats to biodiversity in ACP countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas by improving data availability and developing capacity to strengthen protected area management.
To better cater to the uniqueness of each region, regional observatories were established. The Caribbean Protected Area Gateway (Caribbean Gateway); http://caribbean-rris.biopama.org/ was established for the Caribbean region and:
- consists of a suite of tools (see Web Applications)
- functions to facilitate effective conservation and management of biodiversity within Protected Areas (PAs)
- aims to provide the best available protected area data for decision making
||An Initiative of the ACP Group, funded by the European Union under the 10th EDF