Case study booklet: Mapping the Economic Value of Marine Ecosystem Services on St. Maarten

March, 2021

Authors: Jonathan Schmiedel, Pieter van Beukering and Sem Duijndam

Case Study Coordinator: Pieter van Beukering

Contributing authors: Benjamin Burkhard and Fernando Santos-Martín


This research conducts the first economic valuation of marine ecosystem services for the whole island of St. Maarten, including carbon sequestration, fisheries, beaches, and tourism.

Case study booklet: Martinique (French Antilles)

March, 2021

Lead Authors: Jean Philippe Maréchal and Ewan Trégarot

Case Study Coordinators: Nova Blue Environment & University of Portsmouth

Contributing authors: Cindy Cornet, Laura Martín-García, Davide Geneletti and Jarumi Kato


In this report, we

1) developed ecological condition indicators through habitat mapping, pressures distribution, ecosystem stable & transition stages,

2) studied the impact of marine ecosystem condition on ecosystem services, more particularly coastal protection, water purification and fish biomass production, and

3) developed an Ecosystem Services Conceptual Model to be adopted and adapted in different regions and/or ecosystems.

Case study booklet: Land Use Changes and Ecosystem Services in French Guiana

March, 2021

Authors: Ina Sieber, Aurélie Dourdain, Benjamin Burkhard and Artur Gil

Case Study Coordinators: Ina Sieber, Benjamin Burkhard, Aurélie Dourdain and Geraldine Derroire

Contributing authors: Clément Villién and Fernando Santos-Martín


In this case study we inventory land use changes in combination with deforestation for the period between 2014 and 2019 and compare the deforested areas to current land cover. The majority of deforested areas did not experience classifiable changes in land use, took place in protected areas or is now used for mineral extraction purposes – with unclear legal status. Thereafter, we present an overview of ecosystem services supplied by the different land use land cover types.

Case study booklet: Réunion Island

March, 2021

Case study coordinator: Erwann Lagabrielle

Authors: Erwann Lagabrielle and Alexandre Wiefels

Contributing authors: Gilbert David, Tara Pelembe and Ina Sieber


This study presents a first attempt to provide an illustrative overview of ecosystem services seamlessly across the terrestrial and marine domains in La Réunion (Indian ocean, 860,000 inhabitants).

Case study booklet: Valuation of kelp forest ecosystem services in the Falkland Islands

March, 2021

Authors: Daniel T.I. Bayley, Paul Brickle, Paul E. Brewin, Neil Golding and Tara Pelembe

Case Study Coordinators: Tara Pelembe and Daniel T.I. Bayley

Contributing authors: Gil, A.; Casas, E.; Baylis, A.; Santos-Martín, F.; Failler, P.


This study incorporates updated knowledge on the potential of kelp to sequester ‘blue carbon’, and uses the extensive kelp forests of the Falkland Islands as a case study to assess the value of kelp forest to society through multiple associated ecosystem services.

Case study booklet: Mapping and Assessment of ES related to Cymodocea nodosa meadows (Canary Islands)

March, 2021

Authors: Enrique Casas, Manuel Arbelo and Laura Martín

Case Study Coordinators: Manuel Arbelo, Laura Martín and Enrique Casas

Contributing authors: Francisco Otero, Fernando Tuya, Ricardo Haroun, Benjamin Burkhard, Tara Pelembe and Fernando Santos-Martín


In this report, a value transfer methodology has been used to estimate the spatially explicit economic values of fish species of commercial interest associated with Cymodocea nodosa meadows in the Canary Islands (Spain).

Case study booklet: Modelling Ecosystem Services – Terceira, The Azores (Portugal)

March, 2021

Authors: Ina Sieber, Marta Vergílio, Malte Hinsch, Benjamin Burkhard and Artur Gil

Case Study Coordinators: Ina Sieber, Marta Vergílio, Benjamin Burkhard and Artur Gil

Contributing authors: Fernando Santos-Martín and Carolina Parelho


This case study booklet presents the efforts to test different LULC and their implications for mapping ES distribution on Terceira Island, Azores. The InVEST model suite has been applied, modelling altogether six ES (Recreation/Visitation, Pollination, Carbon Storage, Nutrient Delivery Ratio, Sediment Delivery Ratio, and Seasonal Water Yield).

Red List of Ecosystems Feasibility Study in the European Overseas: Identifying the state of the knowledge on ecosystem status, based on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems global standard

September 23, 2020

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.

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