Università degli Studi di Trento (UNITN) and Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT) coordinated the last MOVE webinar focusing on the case study of French Guiana.
After a brief introduction to the project objectives, the researcher Ina M. Sieber (LUH) provided an overview of the social and ecological importance of the Guiana shield, and the rational of the case study in terms of giving the first estimates of land use changes and the mapping of ecosystem services bundles (of 21 provisioning, regulating and cultural services) for 14 land uses within the territory including marine, agricultural, forest and urban covers.
Methodological approaches comprised lookup tables and a participatory stakeholder workshop led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF, FRANCE), LUH and ECOSEO Interreg Project. Expert estimations were useful to assess the ecosystem services supply capacities of the different land use types. The presented results include the supply capacities of ecosystem services bundles to highlight landscapes’ multifunctionality and the effects of deforestation for land use change values. Final discussions centred around assessing land use/land cover changes, the differences between choosing diverse datasets (mainly CORINE and Open Street Map) for MAES in urban territories in terms of accuracy and details, and the implications of these results for policy-making and for balancing land use planning objectives to obtain a sustainable supply of ecosystem services.
46 participants attended this webinar. An analysis of their profiles showed a heterogeneous representation of the research community from different areas of the world. Moreover, 5% of the participants were stakeholders from the Guiana region that work for institutions such as the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the National Forest Office of France (ONF).