Eptisa participates in the Biodiversity Sustainable Conservation Support Program PACSBio in Bolivia

The Program is aimed to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development in Bolivia, supporting national policy developed under the framework of National System of Protected Areas

Imagen: PACSBio - Union Europea, July 13, 2015

The Biodiversity Sustainable Conservation Support Program (PACSBio) in Bolivia, one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, is an initiative financed by the European Union and accompanied by a technical assistance led by Eptisa.

PACSBio is articulated through the modality of Budget Support, which means that EU will directly transfer a total of € 14 million to the national budget of Bolivia within four years. This modality appears as an attempt to overcome the traditional project logic, with the aim to support directly certain public policies (national and sectoral) and to develop the capacity building, all in line with the objectives of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

PACSBio also constitutes a particularly relevant case because it is the most important project globally in the field of sustainable conservation of biodiversity and management of Protected Areas. It focuses its actions not only in conservation issues, but also on essential issues of sectoral governance (institutional reform, improving of planning and management capacity at the field level, optimizing the regulatory framework and consolidation of instruments to enhance the financial sustainability).

In this line, the technical assistance provided by the consortium led by Eptisa had, from the beginning, a focus oriented at the demand of sectoral institutions and the capacity building of the institutions. The focus contributed to reinforce some positive aspects in both governability and capacity building issues, among which it can be highlighted the following:

  • The results-based management modality has promoted an institutional culture of public management, results-oriented sectoral and less towards compliance with standards and procedures.
  • The upgrade and redesign of the Performance Assessment Framework, supported by the technical assistance of the programme, has positively influenced the development of the internal capacities of institutions. Consequently, they have initiated processes of organizational restructuring and distribution of responsibilities, in order to target more effectively their organizational structures to tasks for supervision and monitoring of indicators and targets established.
  • The optimization of instruments for integrated planning and for control and supervision (Protection and Management Plans for Protected Areas) has improved the quality of the design of the plans, both in national and sub-national areas, favouring the monitoring of the implementation of Bolivian biodiversity protection.
  • The programme has strengthened the coordination mechanisms between the different levels of management of the National System of Protected Areas Department, promoting the realization of actions at central, departmental and municipal level, to increase the representativeness of ecoregions and the level of management of the areas.
  • The support for the improvement and the comprehensiveness of the Integrated Water and Environment System of the Ministry of Environment and Water has enhanced the supervision and monitoring of the sectoral policy and has optimized the decision making process.
  • The focus of the programme in aspects related to the financial sustainability of Protected Areas has enabled the creation of economic and sustainable alternatives more compatible with the conservation and an integrated land management of natural resources.
  • Finally, the support for the design of a Training Program for the staff involved in the integrated management of the Protected Areas will strengthen the capacities of planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of the environmental policies.

For more information, please visit www.pacsbio.org or contact pacsbio@eptisa.com

 Eptisa participates in the Biodiversity Sustainable Conservation Support Program PACSBio in Bolivia