[Coral-List] Call for Expressions of Interest to host BIOPAMA Observatory in the Caribbean

Hyacinth Armstrong hy_armstrong at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 20 05:12:30 EST 2013

Dear Colleagues,
You are receiving this email because you have been identified as a potentially interested organization and/or to request you to distribute this message widely through your networks.
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BIOPAMA is seeking a suitable host organisation for the Caribbean Regional Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, regionally active organisation that shares the mission of BIOPAMA and is interested in becoming part of, and helping to shape, the development of the Regional Observatory and supporting the delivery of its core functions.
BIOPAMA is a collaborative program that aims to improve the long-term conservation of biodiversity in the Caribbean by promoting the use of the best available science and knowledge and building capacity to strengthen policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management (terrestrial and marine). Towards this aim, the Regional Observatory is being established to enable the provision of relevant information and decision-support tools, to promote and facilitate exchange of information with a variety of end users (esp. decision-makers and protected area managers and practitioners). Over time, it is also intended to facilitate capacity development, as well as the exchange and improvement of knowledge about biodiversity conservation and protected area issues and responses.
The objective of this call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is to identify organisations in the region that have an interest in hosting the Regional Observatory and that share the vision of BIOPAMA for the Caribbean. IUCN and EC-JRC (European Commission Joint Research Centre) will use the submissions as a basis for selecting a host organisation and for negotiating a hosting agreement for the establishment and implementation of the Regional Observatory.
A consortium approach to the expression of interest would be encouraged where organisations believe they could maximise services and benefits through the Regional Observatory by pooling their collective capacity and resources. The hosting arrangement will be formalised through the conclusion of an Agreement between IUCN and the hosting organisation, initially for two years with potential to extend this into a second phase based on an evaluation of progress in the first two years. 
Information and guidelines on responding to the call for expressions of interest as well as the submission template are attached and can also be found on the BIOPAMA website: http://www.biopama.org/partners_and_actions/iucn/orma_ci.cfm
A BIOPAMA factsheet can be viewed at: https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/biopama_factshet_web_final_17oct_.pdf
Expressions of Interest should be submitted by Wednesday, 22nd January 2014. 
If you have any questions please contact Jose Courrau (Jose.COURRAU at iucn.org) and/or me at hyacinth.armstrongvaughn at iucn.org.
Thank you in advance for your interest.
Hyacinth Armstrong-Vaughn

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