Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 urged member states to Map and Assess the state of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) in their national territory. Biodiversity, ecosystems and their services remain central in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, with even more ambitious targets. Europe’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) have an exceptionally high biodiversity value, encompassing diverse ecosystems, often at a very small scale, which provide multiple and relevant ecosystem services from local to global scale.
The MOVE-ON project aims to advance MAES methodology implementation in European ORs and 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.