Regional synthesis

Protected Areas (IMET)


To help improve the management of protected areas and achieve conservation goals, the BIOPAMA project offers an integrated tool to support the planning, monitoring and evaluation of protected areas.

The BIOPAMA tool called IMET (Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool) promotes a proactive approach focused on results, using tools that can describe and quantify the environment and its evolution.

By organizing the available information according to predefined criteria so as to aide decision making through a Decision Support System, IMET can be used to define reference levels, facilitate planning, analyze the state of conservation, and provide focus for assessments of management effectiveness regarding conservation objectives.


The IMET tool was designed and developed to provide direct support for managers both in the field and at central level (i.e. national agencies for the management of protected areas) to improve the efficiency of protected area management and, more generally, biodiversity conservation

IMET is intended as a free tool, accessible to all managers. IMET is a web application available in two formats :

IMET Online : this version requires an internet connection. Once data has been recorded via the interface provided in the tool, managers can assess the context and management efficiency of their parks, thanks to the analysis graphs generated. With this version, the OFAC regional database provides space for storage and analysis of IMET data, with access restricted to users who own the data.

IMET Offline : this version, which is identical to the online version, was created to overcome the difficulties that many protected areas had connecting to the internet. If needed, data recorded in this version can be synched with the regional database on the OFAC website : après s’être enregistré.

Both online and offline versions of OFAC are in their first versions - IMET v.1.0. A second version – IMET v.2.0 – is under development and will incorporate all recommendations and criticisms of partners and administrations during the first phase of application in Central and West Africa’s national parks. A live demonstration video will be available in the near future.

L'utilisation d’IMET (Offline et Online) est gratuite, sous réserve de faire une demande explicite à l’OFAC à l’adresse : (copie à


Analyzing information using the IMET tool then formulating management proposals requires appropriate capacities - this means a change in approach when it comes to training coaches in the field of conservation. To do this a learning kit - the Coach Observatory Mission Information Toolkit (COMIT) - was created for use in coaching and developing the information system for BIOPAMA’s Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity. OFAC also trains and technically supports the training of conservation professionals in COMIFAC countries.

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OFAC/COMIFAC is working with RAPAC (Réseau des Aires Protégées d’Afrique Centrale, the Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa) along with national agencies that oversee the management of protected areas with memoranda of understanding to guide implementation of activities under the EU’s BIOPAMA program.

To date (September 2016) three agreements have been ratified :

  • Agence Congolaise de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (ACFAP, Congolese Agency for Wildlife and Protected Areas), Republic of Congo
  • Institut Congolais de Conservation de la Nature (ICCN, Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation), Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN, National Agency for National Parks), Gabon

The goal is to establish an institutional and operational framework that can support local, national and regional efforts to collect and analyze data on the assessment of the management effectiveness among Central Africa’s parks.