MOVE pilot project intends to involve policy makers, researchers and the civil society in the development of methodologies for mapping and assessing the state of ecosystems and their services in ORs and OCTs.
A coordinated and synergistic approach is advocated to turn the geographical, political and knowledge base fragmentation of these entities into assets, pooling resources and building robust participatory tools.
The project will start by assessing the state of the art of the MAES (Mapping and Assessing Ecosystem Services) exercise within the participating overseas regions, and by inventorying and motivating the human and material capacities present in each of them.
Seven EU Overseas entities are selected as project case-studies focusing the work of a dedicated team of local experts, policy makers and civil society members, pooled from across the OR and OCTs. The selected MOVE case-studies cover six of the seven biogeographical regions with EU presence: the Azores, Canary Islands, Dutch Caribbean (St. Maarten), the Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Martinique and La Réunion. Additionally, a Red List of Ecosystems Feasibility Study, based on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems global standard, will be developed as a transversal exercise to the seven case-study regions.
In addition to producing a tangible contribution for the MAES exercise, this project aims to demonstrate the possibility and the added value of a bottom-up approach, involving and capacitating local actors.
MOVE Pilot project will implement during three years the PILOT PROJECT — MAPPING AND ASSESSING THE STATE OF ECOSYSTEMS AND THEIR SERVICES IN THE OUTERMOST REGIONS AND OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES: ESTABLISHING LINKS AND POOLING RESOURCES called by the DIRECTORATE GENERAL of ENVIRONMENT (Directorate D _ Natural Capital) of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION.
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