Protected areas represent one of the pillar of biodiversity conservation. The first national park in Guinee-Bissau was established in 1997. IBAP, the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas, was created in 2004/2005 with the explicit authority and responsibility to protect and manage Guinea-Bissau’s biodiversity endowment through the National System of Protected Areas. By 2011, six protected areas had been legally decreed. During this year, the SNAP should address the 25% of total surface, when additional protected areas will be established.
Giacomo Cozzolino recently visited Guinee-Bissau to provide technical assistance to UNDP and governmental bodies