What does the TEAM acronym stand for? Torchbearer, Enthusiastic, Available and Motivated

The Required Qualities of TEAMs are

  • Good communicator
  • Enthusiastic
  • Goal oriented
  • Intrinsically motivated
  • Reliable

What does a TEAM Member do?

The activities of TEAM members vary greatly from country to country, depending on expertise and conservation needs and priorities. Generally speaking, TEAM members:

  • Are the point of contact for people and organizations seeking support to implement the RRH, and for regional partner organizations;
  • Advocate within countries and networks for the use of the RRH data in their decision making
  • Contribute resources, success stories, news, events and other country information for the RRH website, newsletter and other communication platforms, network spaces, and resources.
  • Provide accurate, up-to-date data (ecological, socioeconomic and governance) on protected areas and other recognized, managed conservation areas within a country;
  • Provide advice on the functionality and usefulness of the of the RRH Portal
  • Identify management capacity gaps and areas in which training and capacity building are needed;
  • Identify tools and analyses currently utilised or in need of development;
  • Periodically monitor the content published on the RRH Portal to ensure information is indeed accurate and up-to-date;
  • Champion the RRH as a one stop shop for Protected Areas and Conserved Areas data and information in the country and region

Do TEAM Members receive compensation?

The role of the TEAM member is voluntary. TEAM members receive no financial compensation from the RRH. This may be revised as the RRH continues to grow and gains more usage in the region

What does it take to become a TEAM Member?

The RRH favors applications from conservation actors such as managers in the field and at the central level (national protected area management agencies), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), academic/research organisations, funding agencies, regional and sub-regional entities.

To become a TEAM Member, an organisation should:

  • Have experience implementing the focus areas of the RRH; Data, Management effectiveness and governance of protected areas 
  • A record of carrying out some RRH related activities; data collection, awareness creation, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation etc.
  • Have the potential to successfully promote the RRH in the country – including with conservation actors, donor groups, and relevant government bodies;
  • Have some time to dedicate to assigned and specific TEAM functions;
  • Be recommended by preferably two senior members of the entity.

A TEAM Member is already present in my country. May I still apply?

The RRH encourages applications from countries with no existing TEAM members. Depending on the focus and conservation needs and priorities in a specific country and region, there may be more than one TEAM member in a country. When this happens, the TEAM members are expected to work closely together and coordinate their activities. There is no hierarchy among TEAM members.


The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities through better use and monitoring of information and capacity development on management and governance. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

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