D.1.4- Newsletter

In the framework of the project, its first newsletter was produced and released on March 2022, aiming to spread relevant information and the main project results, engaging and promoting cooperation between EU overseas stakeholders and relevant actors. The MOVE-ON newsletter intends to raise public awareness and bring attention from EU, national, regional, and local audiences, to the MAES initiative implementation in the EU ORs and OCTs.

MOVE-ON_ D.1.4 - 1st newsletter_updated OCT 2024

D.2.1.c Report for marine ecosystem condition and ecological reference status assessment methods in ORs and OCTs – Assessment of reference condition of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds and kelps forests in overseas territories

The concept of ecosystem condition reference is vital for assessing marine ecosystems, serving as a benchmark for their health and functioning. Practical, scalable, and ecologically relevant indicators should be used for consistent assessments. The MOVE-ON project studied marine and coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, and mangroves, emphasizing the need for historical data as a reference point. EU and UK overseas territories offer valuable examples for conservation and management. Data limitations can be addressed by integrating functional traits of species into assessment frameworks. Collaborations between scientists, policymakers, and local communities are crucial for comprehensive ecosystem assessments. Innovative approaches and interdisciplinary collaborations are essential for sustainable management and conservation efforts in these unique marine ecosystems.


D.2.2.a – Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in ORs and OCTs

March 2021

This document describes the development of a questionnaire to assess the methodological support including suitable methods to guide the MOVE-ON partners during their Anchor Projects’ implementation. The resulting questionnaire allows to select an individual portfolio of suitable methods to reach the individual targets for each Anchor Project. The answers will be useful to advise each Anchor Project on a multi-tiered flexible ES mapping methodology according to their situation.

MOVE-ON_D.2.2a_Template describing methodological needs and preconditions_updated OCT2023

D.2.2.b – Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in ORs and OCTs

June 2022

This report presents the responses from Anchor Project leaders to the questionnaire described in the previous MOVE-ON project Deliverable D.2.2.a – Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in ORs and OCTs. These answers were analysed and used to advise each Anchor Project on a multi-tiered flexible Ecosystem Services mapping methodology according to their specific situation and methodological needs.

MOVE-ON_D.2.2b_Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in ORs and OCTs.v2_updated OCT2023

D.2.2.c – Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in OR’s and OCT’s 

May 2023

For Reunion Island, a stepwise approach based on three steps was proposed starting with sociocultural methods. For Macaronesia, two scales approach was proposed: a general study in the whole archipelago and another one, at a localised scale in Gran Canaria. Coastal blue carbon, coastal recreation, and fisheries were selected to be assessed by biophysical, sociocultural, and economic methods. St. Helena was advised on two paths: how to implement the evidence already generated on ES into Urban Spatial Planning and how to improve the existing data through developing ecosystem accounts (SEEA-EA framework). Finally, French Guiana was advised to use the information on ES generated in the past as starting point to develop sociocultural studies at a local level and finally, to integrate all the previous data generated into a “Town Development Plan”. 

MOVE-ON_D.2.2.c -Report on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods in ORs and OCTs_updated 2023

D.2.3- Guidelines on how to operate the methods explorer in ORs and OCT

July 2022

This report provides guidelines on how to operate the MAES Methods Explorer created under the ESMERALDA EU Project and updated under the MOVE and MOVE-ON project. This navigator is an interactive tool that allows users to identify different methods applied to map and assess services provided by various ecosystems. This tool assists researchers and practitioners to implement MAES process at different scales and levels, ranging from national policy to local spatial planning.

MOVE-ON_D.2.3 Guidelines on how to operate the methods explorer_updated OCT2023

D.2.4 Report on the method application, support and capacities within the ORs and OCts 

May 2023

This report explains the approach to undertake MOVE-ON Task 2.4 on knowledge sharing and capacity building for ecosystem condition and ecosystem services methods. This Task was mainly based on the identification of knowledge needs and gaps for the implementation of the MOVE-ON Anchor Projects (AP) in French Guiana, Macaronesia, Reunion Island and South Atlantic. After these needs were identified, a set of capacity building initiatives were proposed for each region, including the organisation of specific training sessions and webinars to discuss methods applicability and dissemination of the AP results with the broader audience.

MOVE-ON_D.2.4_Report on the method application support and use of capacities within the ORs and OCT_updated OCT2023

D.3.2 – French Guiana Anchor Project Report

May 2023

This report presents the results of the Anchor Project on ecosystem services carried out in French Guiana as part of the European consortium MOVE-ON. The main objective of this case study was to highlight these ecosystem services and show that it was possible to take them better into account, at the scale of the territory of a municipality of French Guiana (Montsinéry-Tonnegrande). Based on participatory mapping with stakeholders and inhabitants, supplemented by existing work and data, the French Guiana office of WWF France carried out this Anchor Project in collaboration with the municipality of Montsinéry-Tonnegrande. It has made it possible to establish a first map of ecosystem services related to tourism activities, natural and cultural heritage as well as traditional activities of collecting wild products (crabs, oysters, etc.) Eventually, these new data will help the development and planning orientations of the municipality.

MOVE-ON_D.3.2 - French Guiana Anchor Project Report_updated OCT2023

D.3.2 – French Guiana Anchor Project Report (French)

MOVE-ON Services Ecosytémiques Montsinéry-T. Rapport WWF VF

D.3.3 – Macaronesia Anchor Project Report 

May 2023

This report describes the creation of the Macaronesian Marine Habitat Platform (MHP), that settles a baseline for future management of the archipelago’s ecosystems and their services up to 100m depth, since decisions about conservation strategies need to be supported by data about habitat trend variations. The results highlighted the importance and singularity of coastal marine habitats of the Macaronesia (the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands). However, data lacking and future development of established or emerging blue economic sectors, make urgent the provision of robust scientific information about these keystone marine habitats to help decision-makers to adopt proper conservation programs able to preserve them as well as to ensure the sustainable use of coastal resources. As complementary tools for the Macaronesian MHP, a new acoustic method to describe circalittoral habitats was tested in a Pilot Study Area in the Azores, which results could be applied in other areas of the Macaronesia, to enhance marine habitat knowledge. Similarly, Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) methods were applied to assess the status of seagrass meadows and their blue carbon storage in the Canary Islands. This evaluation will have the capacity to present the current production of services based on the conservation status of Cymodocea nodosa meadows, as well as their past and future dynamics to understand what type of trend is associated with the evaluated service. 

MOVE-ON_D.3.3 - Macaronesia Anchor Project Report_updated OCT 2023

D.3.3.1 – Marine Habitat Platform for the Macaronesia

The Macaronesia Marine Habitat data sheets are an output of Task 3.3 – Marine habitat classification, mapping and assessment of condition and ecosystem services (Macaronesia), and comprises the following habitat types (EUNIS Habitat Classification code)):

D.3.4 – Reunion Island Anchor Project Report 

May 2023

The Anchor Project of Reunion Island region is the Biological corridor of Mare Longue Nature Reserve of the municipality of Saint-Philippe located in the southern area of the island. The MAES process has been undertaken to map Ecosystem Services, especially cultural benefits and services supplied by the ecosystems in the area, not only the Biological corridor of Mare Longue Nature Reserve at municipal scale but also at the scale of Reunion island itself.

MOVE-ON_D.3.4 - Reunion Island Anchor Project Report_updated OCT2023

D.3.5 – South Atlantic Anchor Project Report

November 2022

The South Atlantic Anchor Project focused on the Island of St. Helena used a variety of approaches to bridge the gap between evidence and policy and decision-making. A pivotal element of the project was to create an evidence-policy ‘bridging’ role that focused on existing environmental spatial data – particularly relating to the mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (MAES). 

Through the lifespan of the project, the increased interest generated at a high level of government resulted in the Spatial Data Analyst (SDA) providing advice on other thematic areas in addition to MAES e.g. spatial planning. Analysis and mapping activities were determined throughout the project through a “bottom-up” approach, carried out in response to requests from staff working across SHG after they had been introduced to MAES data and mapping possibilities.

MOVE-ON_D.3.5 - South Atlantic Anchor Project Report_updated OCT2023

D.3.5 – Annex 2 Bridging the gap between evidence and policy: Report from GIS workshop for St Helena Government, 18 January 2022

May 2022

This report was prepared as part of the MOVE-ON South Atlantic Anchor Project for all stakeholders and interested parties on St Helena Island and overseas. The report summarises the context, activities, and results from a workshop conducted on 18 January 2022 titled “How can GIS help you?” aimed at St Helena Government employees across all portfolios.

MOVE-ON_D.3.5 Annex 2 Stakeholder workshop report_updated OCT2023

D.3.5 – Annex 3 Suggestion of areas for future research and training on St Helena Island

May 2022

This document gives suggestions for future research questions and priorities for the island of St Helena. These suggestions are based on topics for spatial analysis that arose throughout the course of the MOVE-ON South Atlantic Anchor Project. Due to the nature of the project’s integration throughout a variety of sectors of St Helena Government collecting and making use of data about St Helena’s environment and ecosystem services, the topics and techniques mentioned here may be especially relevant to the priorities and concerns of St Helena Government.

MOVE-ON_D.3.5 Annex 3 future research suggestions_updated OCT2023

D.3.6 Summary report on the methods integration and MAES implementation in regional projects 

May 2023

This document describes the methods integration and MAES implementation in regional projects conducted by the MOVE-ON EU project between 2020 and 2023. The aim of this was to monitor the progress in the EU Overseas Regions of French Guiana, Reunion Island, the Canary Islands in Macaronesia and the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories. A Score Board was created to set a baseline assessment for each anchor project and to monitor the implementation progress between anchor regions in a comparative, structured manner.

In close collaboration with MOVE-ON Activity 2, methodological support was created based on the assessed status quo. These results show great progress in MAES implementation throughout the project duration. With different starting conditions, all Anchor Projects obtained progress and implementation levels comparable to EU Mainland during the 3 year project duration. By March 2023, the project had expanded the Score Board to other ORs and OCTs, including Martinique and the Falkland Islands. 

MOVE-ON_D.3.6 - Summary report on methods integration and MAES implementation in regional projects_updated OCT2023

D.4.5 – Roadmap for the implementation of the ORs and OCTs Ecosystems Knowledge Network 

May 2023

To reinforce international cooperation and continue to produce new knowledge beyond the duration of the project, MOVE-ON Activity 4 aims at creating and expanding an EU Overseas Ecosystems Knowledge Network. To reach such objective, this report presents the minutes of the workshop (online, 8th and 13th of july 2021), which was organized to define collectively the vision, aims & objectives of the network; the activities which support the vision;  the synergies with existing networks to be implemented and potential funding sources to be mobilized.

MOVE_ON_D.4.5 - Roadmap for the implementation of the ORs and OCTs Ecosystems Knowledge Network_updated OCT2023

D.5.1 – Implementation of EU and International policies for biodiversity and climate change

March 2022

The report investigates the state of implementation of EU and International policies for biodiversity and climate change in each of the MOVE-ON Anchor Project regions: four EU Overseas Entities – Reunion and French Guiana (France), the Canary Islands, (Spain) and the Azores (Portugal), and one Overseas Territory of the UK – Saint Helena. For each Anchor Project region, the report explains the institutional arrangements, strategies, action plans and policy measures for the protection of biodiversity and the fight against climate change. It analyses whether these instruments are consistent with relevant EU law (where it applies) and global commitments. The report also assesses how these instruments have been implemented and define factors that support or hinder their implementation.

MOVE-ON_D.5.1 - Implementation of EU and International policies for biodiversity and climate change_updated OCT2023

D.5.2 – Identification of key MAES potential contribution to the achievement of the set of EU directives and international commitments

April 2022

This report explores the gaps that separate science from practice in the adoption of Ecosystem Services (ES) approaches in the European Union overseas, proposing pathways that could encourage their implementation. The report draws conclusions from stakeholders’ interviews conducted in three MOVE-ON anchor projects – the Canary Islands, French Guiana, and Reunion Island – based on an extended SWOT analysis that identifies local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the achievement of sustainable development.

The analysis provides seven strategies for future implementation of ESs approaches in adaptation to local contexts. Our results demonstrate the ability of ES assessments to tackle the three sustainability pillars (social, economic, and environmental), and the potential of EU outermost regions to achieve international commitments such as SDGs.

MOVE-ON_D.5.2 - Identification of key MAES potential contribution to the achievement of the set of EU directives and international commitments_updated OCT2023

D.5.3 Report and policy guidelines for a more effective implementation of EU and international policies 

May 2023

The report defines suitable ways for the implementation of key policies regarding biodiversity and climate change in the Outermost Regions (ORs) of the European Union (EU) and the Overseas Territories (OTs) of the United Kingdom (UK). The report defines a set of policy guidelines that address key challenges of the ORs and OTs regarding an effective execution of EU and International policies and goals. These guidelines build on the successful implementation of existing policies and projects (using key success factors with explanations). They also provide recommendations for institutional arrangements taking into account the territorial specificities. The report wants to offer suggestions for better policy implementation to stakeholders in the various regions and territories. It also aims at providing clear information to EU and International representatives on how they can improve their policy support (e.g., through financial and technical means).

MOVE-ON_D.5.3_Report and policy guidelines for a more effective implementation of EU and international policies._updated OCT2023

D.5.4 – Guidelines for bridging the gap between evidence and decision-making on small islands

November 2022

This document sets out a series of guidelines for ways to bridge the gap between evidence and policy in the environment sector on small islands. These guidelines are based on the findings from the Anchor Project of the MOVE-ON South Atlantic Anchor Project – St. Helena (SAA St. Helena), which was delivered in the UK Overseas Territory of St Helena Island. This project trailed embedding a ‘bridging’ role focused on communicating to decision-makers about evidence that could be used to support their decisions and analysing this data in real-time. The guidelines reflect the SAA St. Helena’s findings on the success of this role, as well as the importance of avoiding any barriers to data analysis and the usefulness of articulating a process for evidence use in decision-making.

MOVE_ON_D.5.4. - Guidelines for bridging the gap_updated OCT2023


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