The University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation (UoP) is an experienced research and training provider that is ranked in the top 2% of the world’s universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015, and is one of the world’s top 150 universities. The UK Research Excellence Framework exercise rated over 60% of UoP research as world-leading and internationally excellent. UoP has been awarded both the European Commission Human Resources Excellence in Research Award as well as the Athena Swan Bronze Award; demonstrating UoP’s commitment to good working conditions, career development for all researchers and gender equality. The Business School (PBS) of the University has a long history in economics and management of marine resources with the former Research Centre CEMARE and the current Blue Governance Research Group. PBS is currently involved in the FARFISH project related to the management of fisheries targeted by the EU distant water fleet in African countries waters.
Inside MOVE, UoP will be the Activity 5 leader and will contribute to the other Activities. The Activity 5, Outlining a MAES Strategic Plan for the EU Overseas, will mainly consist of writing a strategic plan. The goals of MAES have been set by the EC, and the MOVE project will address the requirement of the call to test the feasibility for mapping and assessing ecosystems and the services they provide in the EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The results of Activities 2, 3 and 4 will assess the degree of success of the MAES tools and methods developed in the MOVE project, how they can be replicated in other contexts and what can be improved considering the institutional environment. It will also allow a perception of the major obstacles and constraints to face for the implementation of the MAES Strategic Plan. All this work will feed the Strategic Plan, which will be viewed as a process rather than a product, capitalizing on the stakeholder engagement leveraged by MOVE.