BIOPAMA is an initiative of the ACP group of States financed by the European Union jointly implemented by International Union of Conservation of Nature(IUCN) and the joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JCR). The BIOPAMA project in Zambia aimed at Enhancing Governance of Cbnrm for a Better Conservation and Social Outcome in Zambia addresses priorities for improved management and governance of bio diversity and natural resources including the providing and assessing supportive tools. The project supports protected areas at all cost levels through the provision of service and tools and capacity development as well as opportunities for site level activities. To understand the Project the aim has been defined
legislation Experience in Zambia thus far, suggests that the potential for CBNRM achieving its objectives is high. The Biopama Project will be selecting tools and methodologies for assessing and strengthening good governance ,social impact and protected area management. The term Governance can be understood as interactions among structures, processes and traditions that determine how power and responsibilities are exercised, how decisions are taken and how citizens or other stakeholders have their say (Graham 3 et al., 2003:2,3).The Site Level Assessment for Governance and Equity(SAGE) and Governance Assessment for Protected Areas(GAPA) are the two tools which the will use in the 6 GMAs.
Mumbwa GMA, 4094; Namwala GMA, 4093; Mafunta GMA, 555626090; Chiawa GMA, 62095; Rufunsa GMA, 303859; Luano GMA, 4095.
Game management areas (GMAs) are protected areas in communally owned lands that make up more than 70% of the total protected area in Zambia. Overall governance of GMAs has been in decline, reflected in an increased rate of habitat loss, land disputes and declining wildlife populations. This has serious consequences for conservation in Zambia. The project will address tackle key governance challenges at GMAs including issues related to benefit sharing, accountability, rights recognition, participation in decision-making, gender equality, transparency and information sharing, and law enforcement.
International Institute for Environment and Development; Zambia Community-Based Natural Resource Management Forum