MOVE-ON: Promoting Mapping and Ecosystem Services in Europe’s Overseas Territories


MOVE-ON: From Case Studies to Anchor Projects – Setting the ground to advance MAES (Mapping And Ecosystem Services) in Europe’s overseas (May 2020 – October 2022).

MOVE-ON is a project funded by the European Commission that aims to advance mapping and ecosystem services methodology implementation in European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The project also intends to create and strengthen the scientific and technical MAES community in those territories, tackling the bottom-up approach initiated in MOVE project and demonstrating the benefits of ecosystems conditions assessments and their services to support decision-making.

Project Overview

The core goal of MOVE-ON is to contribute to the EU and international policies and goals, developing and disseminating good practice guidelines and policy recommendations for improving the health status of ecosystems tailored for overseas regions specificities and needs, pooling resources, involving and empowering local actors.

MOVE-ON is coordinated by the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) from Regional Government of the Azores (Portugal) and integrates partners from France (4), the UK (2), Germany (1), and Italy (1). It complements and expands the activities of the MOVE project, strengthening links and capitalizing the on-going work to further test and implement the MAES methodology in different regions underpinned by four anchor projects in French Guiana, Macaronesia, Reunion Island and South Atlantic Region.

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) will be leading on the delivery of the South Atlantic Anchor Project, which aims to make MAES outputs meaningfully available for policy and decision makers on the island of St Helena. SAERI will also lead on scrutinising the process and lessons learned from this anchor project in order to produce a set of guidelines on ‘bridging the gap’ between policy and evidence on small islands and/or resource-limited entities.

Project Manager

Azra Gordy

Azra began her role as Spatial Data Analyst at SAERI Falklands Limited (SFL) after graduating from the MSc Climate Change at King’s College London, where her dissertation focused on modelling future freshwater temperatures in the UK. Before that, she obtained a BASc Arts and Sciences from University College London, with a focus on environmental physics and development studies. During her time on St Helena, she hopes to use this background to help incorporate geographical data into planning and decision-making on the island as part of the MOVE ON project. She also hopes to complete every post box walk and eat as much spicy food as possible.

Project Aims

The MOVE-ON project aims to:

  • Provide tangible contributions from EU Overseas to the EU MAES initiative, with direct involvement of decision-makers.
  • Test the integration of MAES methodologies in specific territories, to demonstrate the benefits of combining assessments of ecosystem condition and ecosystem services for decision making.
  • Produce good practice guidance and policy recommendations tailored for specific regions or issues.
  • Create and strengthen a scientific and technical MAES community in EU Overseas

The South Atlantic Anchor Project aims to:

  • Work closely with St Helena Government (SHG) partners, and the SHG GIS team to review and analyse spatial environmental data
  • Work closely with SHG to determine the spatial data outputs that are required to feed into upcoming or existing policy and decisions
  • Analyse existing spatial data sets to provide evidence for policy questions on St Helena
  • Develop a set of guidelines on how to bridge the gap between evidence and decision-making on small islands (Deliverable 5.4)
  • Work with a wide network of stakeholders both on and off island to deliver the spatial data analysis outputs required by SHG
  • Write an end of anchor project report for the MOVE-ON project (Deliverable 3.5)

Project Funding

This project has received funding from the European Commission Directorate – General Environment, under the grant 07.027735/2019/808239/SUB/ENV.D2

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