Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in Overseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources – MOVE (April 2018 – March 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.
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.
Grant Agreement Nº: 07.027735/2018/776517/SUB/ENV.D2
The general objectives of this pilot project are:
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.
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
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.
Developing and testing the feasibility of MAES in Europe’s Overseas through collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches
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.
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.
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.