Other Results

Mapping and assessing ecosystem services in Europe’s Overseas: A comparative analysis of MOVE case studies

Ina M. Sieber, Miriam Montero-Hidalgo, Jarumi Kato-Huerta, Paula Rendon, Fernando Santos-Martín, Davide Geneletti, Artur Gil, Ewan Trégarot, Erwann Lagabrielle, Carolina Parelho, Manuel Arbelo, Pieter van Beukering, Dan Bayley, Enrique Casas, Sem Duijndam, Esperance Cillaurren, Gilbert David, Aurelie Dourdain, Ricardo Haroun, Jean-Philippe Maréchal, Laura Martín García, Francisco Otero-Ferrer, Elena Palacios Nieto, Tara Pelembe, Marta Vergílio, Benjamin Burkhard One Ecosystem 7: e87179 https://doi.org/10.3897/oneeco.7.e87179 

This article on “Mapping and assessing ecosystem services in Europe Overseas: A comparative analysis of MOVE case studies”, presents novel applications of the MAES procedure in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (“EU Overseas”).

Eight case studies from different geographical areas were analysed through a comparative assessment by applying an established framework following key steps in the MAES process, to stipulate lessons learned and recommendations for MAES in the EU Overseas. These key steps include the identification of policy questions, stakeholder networks and involvement, application of MAES methods, dissemination, communication, and implementation. The case studies were conducted and analysed under the umbrella of the EU MOVE pilot project, including the Azores, the Canary Islands, Saint Martin, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion Island and the Falkland Islands. 

This article stresses the need of downscaling the EU strategies and other international commitments related to biodiversity and climate change, with spatial adaptations, to overseas specificities and needs. This is the challenge embraced by the ongoing MOVE-ON – setting the ground to advance MAES in EU Overseas.

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Biodiversity policy and subnational implementation in the remote regions of France

Ferraro G., Failler P. & Touron-Gardic G. Biodiversity policy and subnational implementation in the remote regions of France. Environ Dev Sustain (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-022-02502-4

The article aims at better understanding how governance mechanisms in defence of biodiversity can be developed and implemented at the subnational level and what obstacles they may face. For this purpose, the article relies on a single-case study: it analyses biodiversity policy in France and explains its subnational implementation in Reunion. 

Major achievements and impediments are also discussed for policy tools adopted for the protection of areas and species. The study reveals important bureaucratic, political, and societal pressures that can affect subnational implementation together with the availability of material and immaterial resources. 

The article concludes with policy recommendations that are specific to Reunion but concern aspects common to other Outermost Regions of the European Union: centre-local coordination, regional strategy, public engagement, and transnational collaboration.

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Bridging theory and practice in ecosystem services, mapping: a systematic review

Bitoun, R.E., Trégarot, E. & Devillers, R. Bridging theory and practice in ecosystem services mapping: a systematic review. Environ Syst Decis 42, 103–116 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-021-09839-7

This paper provides an understanding of the scientific narratives regarding the usability of the ecosystem services, mapping for decision-making and identifies ways to increase their practical use. This contribution to MOVE-ON project helps identify the challenges of disconnecting science, policy, and practice, in the implementation of ecosystem services approaches, and determines what is needed to move on in its implementation.

The global findings of the review led to the development of a conceptual framework elucidating one of the possible pathways to bridge the science-practice gap in ecosystem services mapping.

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Biodiversity Conservation and the Role of Policy Resources: The Case of Saint Helena

Ferraro G., Failler P. Biodiversity Conservation and the Role of Policy Resources: The Case of Saint Helena. Sustainability 14(3):1250 (2022). https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031250

The article provides insights on the role of policy resources in the analysis of public policies. It, then, focuses on biodiversity policy in St Helena under various angles: relations with the UK, organisational arrangements within the island, the legislative framework and its execution for the protection of biodiversity. The article also discusses the major challenges faced in the development and implementation of Saint Helena’s biodiversity policy with an emphasis on the role of tangible and intangible resources. It concludes with a set of recommendations tailored around the specific case of Saint Helena but also applicable to other OTs.

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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