About the Project

MOVE-ON: From Case Studies to Anchor Projects – Setting the ground to advance MAES in Europe’s overseas

The MOVE-ON project aims to create and strengthen the scientific and technical Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) community in the European Union (EU) overseas, tackling the bottom-up approach initiated in MOVE project, to advance MAES methodology implementation in EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), demonstrating the benefits of ecosystems conditions assessments and their services to support decision making.

The core goal of MOVE-ON is to produce good practices guidance and policy recommendations tailored for overseas regions specificities and needs, pooling resources, involving and empowering local actors. 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.


MOVE-ON specific objectives

The specific objectives of this pilot project are:


The project is structured in five activities in order to answer the call requirements.

Leader: FRCT

The main objective this activity is to ensure the optimal implementation of the action in accordance to the Grant Agreement, ensuring the legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management of the consortium, while promoting internal communication between partners.

Task 1.1 – Administrative, legal and financial management of the project (leader: FRCT)

Task 1.2 – Technical Coordination of the project (leader: FRCT)

Task 1.3 – Dissemination and Communication (leader: FRCT)

Leaders: URJC and NBE

This activity aims to develop methods and support the implementation of MOVE-ON anchor projects. It brings together relevant mapping and assessment methodologies and ecological reference condition of marine ecosystems in EU overseas territories. Conceptual models of changes to ecosystem services provision, based on the “quality” or condition of the ecosystem in a context of climate change and anthropogenic pressures, will be developed.

Task 2.1 – Method development and assessment of marine coastal ecosystems’ reference condition in EU Overseas territories (leaders: NBE, UoP and IRD)

Sub-task 2.1.1 – Definition of marine coastal ecosystem reference condition in overseas territories (leaders: NBE, UoP and IRD)

Sub-task 2.1.2 – Assessment of reference condition of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds, and kelp forests in most pristine current marine ecosystems in overseas territories (leaders: NBE, UoP and IRD)

Sub-task 2.1.3 – Conceptual models development: linking marine coastal ecosystem reference conditions to ecosystem services provisioning territories (leaders: NBE, UoP and IRD)

Task 2.2 – Identification of mapping and assessment methods for ecosystem services in Overseas Territories (leaders: URJC and LUH)

Task 2.3 – Developing a methods explorer for ecosystem conditions and ecosystem services that will be most applicable for ORs and OCT regions (leaders: URJC and LUH)

Task 2.4 – Knowledge sharing and capacity building for ecosystem condition and ecosystem services methods (leader: UniTrento)

Leaders: FRCT and LUH

The main objective of this activity is the implementation of the MOVE-ON anchor projects. The four anchor projects intend to:

  • Further develop and fine-tune methods developed in Activity 2 that were identified to be relevant for MAES implementation in EU ORs and OCTs;
  • Promote the diversity in the implementation of anchor projects (including people and stakeholders from different regions, biomes and socio-ecological systems and integrating terrestrial and marine and coastal ecosystems);
  • Promote the close integration of regional and local policy and decision-makers and to support their commitment with the MAES process in their respective region (different spatial scales, decision-making contexts and policy levels).

Task 3.1 – Coordination of regional anchor projects (leaders: LUH and FRCT)

Task 3.2 – Anchor region project in French Guiana (leader: WWF France)

Task 3.3 – Marine habitat classification, mapping and assessment of condition and ecosystem services (Macaronesia) (leaders: ABAS and FRCT)

Task 3.4 – Assessing ecosystems’ functionality and services of a bio-corridor on Réunion Island (leader: NEXA)

Task 3.5 – Anchor project – South Atlantic Region (leader: SAERI)

Leader: NEXA

The goal of this Activity is to maintain a reinforced development of the MAES developed within MOVE and MOVE-ON, through the connection with other international initiatives and experts, continuing to produce new knowledge beyond the length of the project.

Task 4.1 – Extend MOVE-ON community through the connection to existing initiatives (leader: FRCT)

Task 4.2 – Create and Manage the EU Islands Ecosystems Knowledge Network (leader: NEXA)

Leader: UoP

This activity aims to identify and analyse the implementation of a set of EU and international obligations to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change. Activity 5 will focus on the relationships between international obligations, crucial ES and the needs of local populations, analysing the level of implementation of MAES to produce a set of recommendations to improve policy implementation in ORs and OCTs.

Task 5.1 – Review of the implementation status of the EU and international policies and international commitment in ORs & OCTs (leader: UoP)

Task 5.2 – Identification of key MAES potential contribution to the achievement of the set of EU directives and international commitments (leader: IRD)

Task 5.3 – Production of a specific series of policy guidelines for an effective implementation of relevant EU and International Policies and Goals (leader: UoP)

Task 5.4 – Production of the ‘bridging the gap’ guidelines for small islands (leader: SAERI)

Coordinated by:
Governo Regional dos Açores
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Regional Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation
Reunion University
Asociación Biodiversidad Atlántica y Sostenibilidad
University of Portsmouth
World Wide Fund for Nature
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
SAERI Falklands Limited
University of Trento
Nova Blue Environment