The MOVE project survey approaches its data collection objective in just three months

This line of work by MOVE, coordinated by L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) as requested by the direction of the project, set the goal of having a minimum of 30 surveys in each of the European Union’s outermost regions and overseas territories, to establish an initial diagnosis of the situation and the mapping of marine ecosystems

One of the initial objectives of the MOVE project was to carry out a survey among 1179 actors from those territories far from the European continent related with the maritime sector, in order to set, with the answers obtained, an initial diagnosis of the situation of their maritime environments and the mapping of their marine ecosystems. 996 of them confirmed the reception of the survey.

As is well known, the MOVE project brings together 14 partners representing three overseas territories and countries (New Caledonia, the Netherlands Antilles and the territories of the United Kingdom in the southwest Atlantic) and five outermost regions (Réunion, the Canary Islands, the Azores, Martinique, and French Guiana). Only three months after the dissemination of the surveys to the different members of MOVE, the goal of having a minimum of 30 questionnaires filled in per territory is close to be achieved. The data will provide critical information to compose a realistic state of affairs for each of them.

Among the 996 actors that confirmed the reception of the survey there are public administrations, organizations, companies, and institutions linked to the marine sector who were asked to respond to a questionnaire agreed by the entities responsible for the project, sent both in paper and digital format and which had an impact on several key aspects in 22 questions.

Specifically, the surveys make it possible to extract information on proximity to ecosystem services (2 questions), work carried out on their ecosystems (8 questions), work related to ecosystem services and existing research projects on ecosystem services and participants’ expectations with the MOVE project (4 questions).

In regions such as the Canary Islands, Réunion, French Guiana, New Caledonia, and the Netherlands Antilles, the objective has already been achieved or is close to be. To date, the project has already received 187 completed surveys, which represents a response rate of almost 19% written and oral in relation with those received, and is expected to continue to receive responses from partners.

New IPBES webinar series

The IPBES secretariat, as part of its work on capacity-building, has launched the IPBES webinar series to provide learning resources for those involved in, or wanting to learn more about, the work of the Platform.

As part of the series, they have recorded a number of webinars presenting the key findings of the Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models and the four Regional Assessments of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The webinars, presented by the Assessment co-chairs, are aimed at policymakers, practitioners, civil society organisations, students and everyone else interested in learning about the Assessments’ findings. They have been created to familiarise audiences with the Assessment Reports and stimulate interest in accessing the Summaries for Policymakers (SPMs) and the full Assessment Reports.

The recordings of all webinars in the series are made available as a learning resource on the IPBES website:, and you can access the newly released webinars directly through the links below:

IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa
Accessible here:
Presenters: Emma Archer and Luthando Dziba

IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Americas
English version
Accessible here:
Presenter: Jake Rice

Spanish version
Accessible here:
Presenter: Maria Elena Zaccagnini

Portuguese version
Accessible here:
Presenter: Cristiana Simão Seixas

IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and the Pacific
Accessible here:
Presenters: Madhav Karki and Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu

IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia
Accessible here:
Presenters: Markus Fischer and Mark Rounsevell

IPBES Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Accessible here:
Presenter: Simon Ferrier

An update to the MOVE project will be presented in the next MAES Working Group meeting

MOVE project updates will be presented in the next MAES Working Group meeting, scheduled for September 25th in Brussels, at the Directorate-General for Environment (DG Environment) of the European Commission, responsible for the European Union policy area of the environment.

Being at the core of the EU´Biodiversity Strategy, Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) across EU countries is an important stepping stone towards the achievement of a sustainable future for Europe.

Our partner Benjamin Burkhard, from LUH (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover), will be representing MOVE on this meeting.

Professor Burkhard is the former coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action ESMERALDA, with project partners in all 28 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and Israel. Many ESMERALDA partners are now involved in MOVE, bringing their experience and methodological expertise to strengthen the network in its implementation of MAES in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories.

MOVE Project kick-off meeting (28-29 May 2018)

The first meeting of the partners belonging to the MOVE project took place at the end of May 2018 in the city of Ponta Delgada located in San Miguel Island (Azores, Portugal) under the guidance of the coordinator of the project, the Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT) of the Azores Regional Government.

The European Union Biodiversity Strategy urges Member States to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory.

Representatives of the members gathered in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel Island (Azores, Portugal)

MOVE will implement during three years a pilot project which intends to involve policy makers, researchers and the civil society in the development of these methodologies in outermost regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Organizations from France (4), Spain (3), Holland (2), UK (2), Portugal (1), Italy (1) and Germany (1) participate in MOVE.

During the different sessions that took place in the Azores, the representatives of the 14 partners had the chance to review and discuss about the project objectives, how to implement the main tasks and the chronogram of activities. After two days meeting and intense exchange of information and ideas, the consortium identified the major deliverables that will arise at the end of the MOVE project.

Electronic Forum

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

Electronic Forum