Mapping and Assessing Benefits coming from the European Overseas’ Ecosystems.

Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in Overseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources – MOVE (April 2018 – September 2021).

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.


Grant Agreement Nº: 07.027735/2018/776517/SUB/ENV.D2

Move team project

Activities / Tasks and Leaders

The general objectives of this pilot project are:

Activity 1- Project coordination and management

Leader: FRCT

Ensure optimal implementation, coordination and integration of the project activities, through providing effective structures, tools and procedures for supervision of project progress, reporting, internal communication, and internal quality assurance.

  • Task 1.1- Technical coordination of the project
  • Task 1.2- Administrative, legal and financial management of the project
Activity 2- Engaging stakeholders to assess the state of the art and prioritize project contributions

Leader: IRD

To assess the state of the art of MAES in the participating ORs and OCTs, and to mobilize stakeholders in the definition of the case studies and specific contributions to be made by the project

  • Task 2.1 – Describing the governance structure and mapping the stakeholder landscape.
    Following a common script, local partners and IRD will collaborate in a) collecting and analyzing documental sources on the institutional MAES framework in place, and the past and ongoing regional activities, b) building a list of institutional and individual stakeholders and c) placing the stakeholders on the MAES landscape
  • Task 2.2 – Assessing the state of the art and identifying needs and bottlenecks.
    Semi structured interviews and/or questionnaires with relevant stakeholders will be used to assess the state of the art of MAES, ongoing projects and the perceived needs and bottlenecks. This will be complemented with the results from the analysis of scientific literature from Task 3.1.
  • Task 2.3 – Deciding case studies and describing project contributions
Activity 3- Knowledge sharing and information repository

Leader: LUH

This is a cross-cutting activity aiming at sharing knowledge and capacities between the ORs and OCTs and Europe mainland. Information collected in the project will be analyzed, integrated, synthesized and structured in order to fulfill the demands of MAES implementation in all EU member states, including the ORs and OCTs as well as marine areas.

  • Task 3.1- Scoping and analyzing existing and ongoing studies related to mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services in EU OCTs and ORs
  • Task 3.2 – Knowledge integration
    Guidance for knowledge sharing and integration between EU OCTs/ORs and EU mainland The guidance will be used to share knowledge between Europe mainland and the OCTs and ORs in order to support and coordinate MAES implementation
  • Task 3.3 – Knowledge sharing
    Build an electronic forum for discussion of issues related to MAES in Europe Overseas. This will be a key instrument within the project, to engage stakeholders and allow the free flow of information and knowledge
Activity 4 - Facilitating MAES in Europe's Overseas General objective

Leader: FRCT

Developing and testing the feasibility of MAES in Europe’s Overseas through collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches

  • Task 4.1 – Develop and test mapping tools
    Eight regional contributions focusing terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystem services will be selected and developed in order to address previously identified knowledge gaps and specific stakeholders requests/expectations in these regions by using the multidisciplinary current state-of-the-art in MAES, the available data, and the most advanced tools and models for mapping, assessing, monitoring and valuating ecosystem services.
  • Task 4.2 – Test and assess science-policy interface tools
    The current state-of-the-art on Science-Policy Interface Tools (SPIT) and methods will be reviewed and compiled as first step. Secondly, the technical specifications for this “boundary object/organization” (i.e. science-policy interface tool) in the framework of the project (and beyond) will be identified. As third step, a robust spatially-explicit web-based SPIT will be implemented and tested to support multi-stakeholders Ecosystem Services-oriented management using the SeaSketch tool in two selected regional case-studies. Finally, the impacts of the SPIT on knowledge and social interactions (collective learning process) will be assessed (comparative analysis, questionnaire).
Activity 5- Outlining a MAES Strategic Plan for the EU Overseas

Leader: UoP

To review the performance of the tools and procedures tested, and the major constraints for their implementation. To integrate the lessons learned during the project, particularly the reports on the state of the art and on the case studies, in a proposed Strategic Plan for MAES in ORs and OCTs.

  • Task 5.1 – Assessment of the performance of MAES tools and approaches
    Review of the tools used for the mapping and science-policy interfaces. A performance matrix will be designed to allow assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainably of the tools according to the needs identified earlier in the project.
  • Task 5.2 – Major constraints and solutions for the implementation of MAES tools and approaches
    Discussions with policy makers in the Regions will provide feed-back on the usefulness of the tools, the easiness of their implementation and the likelihood of their use in the future (precision on the set of conditions required). Major constraints as well as feasible solutions will be detailed and discussed. Specificity of regions will be considered.
  • Task 5.3 – Outline of MAES strategy
Activity 6- Communication, Dissemination and Outreach

Leader: ABAS

To ensure effective communication and dissemination actions, raising public awareness about Ecosystem Services as well as informing stakeholders, MAES specialists worldwide and general society about the outcomes of the project.

  • Task 6.1 – Identity toolkit and electronic presence
    Development of an Identity toolkit, in order to ensure a coherent and harmonized recognition of the Project. A dedicated MAES website will be set up following the EU best practice guidelines and through a process of consultation with the partners. A factsheet of the project will be produced in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) A mobile app (IOS / Android), based on actual mobile technologies, will be developed to facilitate intranet communication among MOVE partners as well to enhance forum / blog communication with any stakeholder and general public interested in Ecosystem Services
  • Task 6.2 – Dissemination, communication and outreach activities
    Dissemination of the project activities will be done on a weekly basis through the “News” section of the project’s website, propagated in appropriate social media. An email and pdf newsletter will be published every 6 months and sent to the stakeholders and interested members of the public. Press releases will be produced and sent to target media outlets as seen appropriate by the consortium. A report on the dissemination and communication activities will be prepared, to be included in the official project reporting obligations.

Main Objectives:

The general objectives of this pilot project are:

to build a collaborative network of local agents from a significant number of ORs and OCTs and mainland Europe teams.


to engage stakeholders in identifying local priorities for MAES.


to collaborate in the development of case studies addressing those priorities.

Electronic Forum

A tool to facilitate the dialogue among the stakeholders and the project partners

Electronic Forum