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First-Ever Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessment Conducted for the Barbados Marine Reserve
The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway along with the National Conservation Commission (NCC
co-hosted a series of workshops on Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessment for the Barbados -- alias Folkestone -- Marine Reserve on Thursday 20th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2020, at the Solutions Centre, the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The workshops, the first of its kind in Barbados, were intended to: comprehensively review the operations, challenges and issues of the Barbados Marine Reserve (BMR); to assess the current state of management at the BMR; and ultimately improve the management of the reserve to provide a well-managed Marine Protected Area with services for both locals and tourists alike to enjoy.

Participants ranging from key government ministries, stakeholders of the Barbados Marine Reserve, educational institutions, and non-governmental organisations actively participated in the assessment of the management of the reserve. 

The process was led by the NCC, with the assessment itself being facilitated by the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway, the regional resource hub for biodiversity and protected area data, information, tools and services, which is hosted by the UWI, through the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA), programme.
The results and recommendations of the assessment will be utilised by the management agency to identify next steps and the way forward regarding improving management of the BMR.

The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway continues to work in close collaboration with the management agency of the BMR and other related biodiversity and environmental related organisations. This is being done to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Barbados.

Latin and America PA day (CERMES article with Video)
The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (CPAG) joined Latin America and the Caribbean in celebrating the inaugural ‘Day of the Protected Areas’.

 In 2019, a proposal requesting the declaration of 17th October as the Day of the Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean was brought before the Executive Committee of the Third Latin America and the Caribbean Protected Area Congress (III CAPLAC). The Congress held in Lima, Peru, under the theme “Solutions for Welfare and Sustainable Development” provided an opportunity to highlight the actors linked to the management of protected areas. Click here to learn more about the Caribbean’s participation in III CAPLAC.

During the closing ceremony of the Congress, the 17th of October was declared as the Day of Protected Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. Following up from the Lima Declaration, the week of 12th-18th October 2020 was dedicated to celebrating protected and conserved areas and the role they play across the region, their importance for the well-being of people and sustainable development in the region.

The concept of celebrating protected areas was not limited to those formally recognised for their conservation but includes everyone who appreciates spaces for their natural and cultural value. The effort of organisations and persons who care for and enjoy the natural and cultural diversity of the protected and conserved areas of Latin America and the Caribbean was also celebrated.

The Day of the Protected Areas received strong support from IUCN through its offices for South America and for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, as well as its commissions - WCPA (World Commission on Protected Areas) and CEC (Commission on Education and Communication), RedParques (Latin American Network for Technical Cooperation in National Parks, others Protected Areas, Wild Flora, and Fauna), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and others.

On the occasion, the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway released a celebratory video message in collaboration with the following conservation supporters:
On the occasion, the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway released a celebratory video message in collaboration with the following conservation supporters:
To watch the video, please click here
In Country Consultancy
To address issues of data inaccuracies and gaps that exist in the WDPA regarding the data and information provided for protected areas within countries, the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway has embarked on an in country consultancy. The aim is to rectify this situation through the use of a consultant based in the 15 BIOPAMA countries1 to collect the data and information needed to update and complete what is being showcased. Thus far, five consultants form Belize, Grenada, Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines have begun the process to address these inconsistencies and fill in the gaps. This will be done by engaging with PA authorities and relevant agencies to collect much needed data.
Saint Lucia Equipped With A Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool (February 2020)
The third national workshop was facilitated from 24 -27 February 2020 to assess The North East Coast – Iyanola Region (NEC-IR). Collectively the BIOPAMA team used The Saint Lucia PAME Tool to conduct three (3) PAME Assessments for the following sites:
  • The Pitons Management Area (PMA), UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • The Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA);
  • The North East Coast – Iyanola Region (NEC-IR);

The PAME Assessments highlighted the following:
  • Protected Areas often have multiple agencies with different institutional mandates working in the same spaces; this creates challenges for coordinated management strategies. Therefore, a solid governance structure is important to define mandates and identify organisational roles.
  • Staff enforcement powers are usually written in policy but are not actualised on the ground limiting effective enforcement of PA regulations; therefore, management agencies need to empower staff to execute enforcement duties.
  • Management agencies often have limited resources to implement activities and must explore methods to mobilize resources and obtain sustainable finance.
  • Protected Area agencies should incorporate the results of PAME assessments into their work plans using assessments to forecast budgets and as evidence for funding mechanisms. 
Developing a national tool was important for Saint Lucia as it allowed Protected Area agencies to cater specifically to stakeholder requirements and the unique challenges experienced at site level. Asking the right questions allows managers to screen for potential weaknesses in effective management during the PAME process, leading to better outcomes.
Measuring the quality and effectiveness of protected and conserved areas (February 2020)
The Caribbean PA Gateway attended an international workshop title ‘Measuring the quality and effectiveness of protected and conserved areas - Expert meeting for the development of possible indicators and methods for reporting’ held February 2-6, 2020 on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. The primary objective of the workshop was to examine the elements of a potential post-2020 global biodiversity framework that considers the quality of protected and conserved areas (i.e. as opposed to the extent) and considers how these elements could be expressed as measurable targets.
St Lucia workshop to finalise the National PAME Tool
  • The BIOPAMA Caribbean Team facilitated a one-day workshop in Saint Lucia on 26 November, 2019 to finalise the National PAME Tool; combined from the Advanced METT and Enhancing our Heritage (EoH).  The tool was utilised to assess the Pitons Management Area (PMA) and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protected Area (PSEPA)  from 27-29 November.
GCFI (Dominican Republic, November 2019)
Latin America and Caribbean Congress on PA (Peru, October 2019)
  • Caribbean Gateway and 13 delegates attend the 3rd Latin America and Caribbean Protected Areas Congress From 14-17 October, 2019, 3,086 persons from 59 countries converged in Lima, Peru, for the  International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) third congress on protected areas (under the theme ‘Solutions for welfare and sustainable development’) for the Latin America and Caribbean Region. The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway), through the BIOPAMA programme, ensured representation from 13 of its 15 countries at the congress, which aimed at providing a space for experience exchanges and facilitated debate on the formulation and implementation of public policies, research and academia. Specific objectives of the congress included promoting best management practices of protected areas at the service of society; evaluating and strengthening the contribution of protected areas to international commitments of nature conservation for wellbeing and sustainable development; and demonstrating protected areas in systems, landscape approaches, management of wider territories and integration with social and economic sectors.
IUCN Regional Conservation Forum (Guatemala, May 2019)
  • The BIOPAMA Caribbean Team participated in the recently concluded IUCN Regional Conservation Forum (27-30 May) in Antigua, Guatemala. The Forum created the platform for IUCN members and commission members to engage in discussions, presentations, and exhibits on IUCN’s work across the region and provide feedback on the IUCN Draft Programme for 2021- 2024. There was representation from Mexico, Central America and t he Caribbean. Julian Walcott delivered an e-poster presentation on the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway and Hyacinth Armstrong-Vaughn gave an overview of the BIOPAMA Programme and work being done in the Caribbean. Additionally, the Team developed a short video to highlight the work conducted on protected areas management effectiveness, and a small exhibition was mounted to disseminate information to forum participants on the programme’s work.
Caribbean Protected Areas Data Management Regional Workshop (Barbados, May 2019)
  • A regional data management workshop was held May 20–23, 2019 at UWI-CERMES, Barbados in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC. The key objectives of the workshop were to:
    • improve design and functionality of the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway
    • improve quality and accuracy of protected area related data for the benefit of reporting and decision making in the BIOPAMA programme Caribbean countries
    • build capacity with respect to PA related data provision and management
    • establish and build relationships between the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway, the UNEP-WCMC and national data providers
Click here to download the summary report of the workshop
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
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. Click here to view the report

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. 
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