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MOVE: Mapping and Assessing Benefits coming from the European Overseas’ Ecosystems

Facilitating MAES (Mapping and Assessing Ecosystem Services) to support regional policy in Overseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources – MOVE (April 2018 – March 2021).

MOVE is a pilot project funded by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the European Union biodiversity strategy that intends to involve policy makers, researchers and civil society in the development of methodologies for mapping and assessing the state of ecosystems and their services in Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

Bosun region, South Georgia. © SAERI 2018

The aims of this project are to (1) build a collaborative network of local agents from a significant number of ORs and OCTs and mainland Europe teams, in order to (2) engage stakeholders in identifying local priorities for MAES and (3) collaborating in the development of case studies addressing those priorities.

In the process, the project will produce an assessment of the state of the art of MAES in the participating regions, together with a list of stakeholders mapped onto the MAES conceptual framework. The sustainability of the action will be supported by the personal links established, the communication tools created, and the guidelines provided by the Strategic Plan for the development of MAES in the European Overseas.

Dunbar Farm, Falkland Islands

The project has the guidance of the general coordinator, the Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT) of the Azores Regional Government (Portugal), and the involvement of 13 other organizations from France (4), Spain (3), Holland (2), UK (2), Portugal (1), Italy (1) and Germany (1).

Black fish, Ascension Island

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is part of this consortium focusing on the UK territories in South Atlantic.

The UK territories in South Atlantic, are target beneficiaries of MOVE efforts in mobilizing territories’ stakeholders and pooling resources to foster ecosystem services mapping as a turning point for nature assessments and the development of integrated environment policies. In each of the territories, MOVE knowledge development will begin with a consultation process to collect information on the current status of mapping and assessment of ecosystem services. Based on the findings of the consultation, specific case studies to follow up on the MAES process will be selected.

Across the South Atlantic current and previous projects that focus on mapping ecosystem goods and services provide a robust foundation upon which this project can be developed. In particular the current regional CSSF-funded Natural Capital Assessment project is undertaking a number of ecosystem service valuations that feed directly into the aims of the MOVE project.

This consultations represents a fundamental step in the MOVE project, which aims to take  the South Atlantic Overseas Territories into consideration when looking at the European environment challenges.

Due to the latter we kindly invite you to participate on the MOVE project consultation here