Authors: Daisy Hessenberger, Verónica Ruiz, Nicholas Abery and Radhika Murti
Summary of the content: This study takes the first steps towards an Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) assessment of European (EU) overseas ecosystems. With the support of the MOVE Project, local stakeholders were engaged to collaborate in a technical feasibility study for RLE. The study identified information and data needs as well as major barriers for 1) conducting RLE assessments in EU outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs), and 2) promoting those for conservation and ecosystem management purposes. A survey approach was used in seven EU ORs and OCTs across biogeographic regions to gain an overview of the feasibility of local, national, global or overseas entity specific RLE assessments. For each of the seven studied, the Azores, Canary Islands, Dutch Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion, the feasibility of conducting an RLE assessment was individually determined based on data access, data quality, sufficient stakeholder engagement and capacity.
Step followed for the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystem Categories and Criteria
Relevance of the research, novel or applied aspects: The IUCN RLE provides a mechanism for integrating data and knowledge to document trends in the extent and condition of ecosystems with clear implications in the provision of ecosystem goods and services for human well-being. The results of such territory-wide assessment(s) can inform decision and policy-making processes and help prioritize investments towards sustainable and long-term ecosystem management, protection and restoration plans. By assessing the state of their ecosystems, using a scientifically robust and globally recognised tool such as RLE, the EU’s ORs and OCTs would lead the way in evidence-based conservation prioritizing and mainstreaming informed environment policies.
Relationship or applicability inside MOVE project: This report was produced under the MOVE Project (MOVE- Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in Overseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources, grant agreement Nº 07.027735/2018/776517/SUB/ENV.D2) funded by the European Union, under the programme 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.