The BEST projects support activities such as designation and management of terrestrial and marine protected areas, participative approach and integrated approach of ecosystem management, combating invasive alien species, valuing ecosystem services, creating synergies using ecosystem services for climate change adaptation and mitigation, endangered species protection, as well as networking, education, capacity building and outreach activities.
Discover more about each project by clicking on your region of interest and then by opening the PDF fact sheet of each project.
More information on further projects supported through BEST 2.0 medium grants and BEST 2.0 small grants can be found on the BEST 2.0 portal. Details for projects funded by swift small grants under the BEST RUP project will be soon available on the BEST RUP portal.
Project Green-NC: Comprehensive management strategies for environment and natural areas: biodiversity and ecosystem services in New Caledonia. Developing and strengthening a local network connecting sites of major environmental importance, identified and managed by local competent communities.
© Conservation Internationalphoto by N. Texier.
Project TEFRA: Terrestrial ecosystems of the Falklands – a climate change risk assessment. Modeling climate change impacts on the islands flora diversity and the delivery of ecosystem services provided by soils and grasslands to provide tools and knowledge to aid in the conservation of native plants and of the services they provide.
Photo © Marcella Corcoran (UKOTS team, RBG Kew)
Project EcoServPlantain: Quantification of Ecosystem Services in Agroecosystems, case of Plantain banana in Martinique. Measuring the ecosystem services of plantain field systems especially in terms of conservation of arthropods and plant diversity, of regulation of pests, and of production, with a view of guiding the development of sustainable agricultural practices in tropical agrosystems.
Photo © Martin Godefroid, CIRAD
CORAIL project: Coral reefs in a changing world – ecosystem services from coral reefs: public tools for decision-making in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Developing methods to evaluate ecosystem services (ES) from coral reefs to guide public decision making. The theories and methods proposed are tested in two case studies in the Pacific.
Photo © Thomas Vignau
Changes in submersed vegetation: assessing loss in ecosystem services from frondose to depauperate systems dominated by opportunistic vegetation. Comparing the value ofecosystem services from seagrasses and large algae with these from opportunistic vegetation in Canaries, Azores and Guadeloupe to help guide conservation and restoration of these ecosystems, currently declining worldwide.
Photo© Fernando Espino
Project Coca Loca: Connectivity of Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in Western Indian Ocean: Implementation of local and regional management. Studying the oceanic movements of the turtles and establishing a regional cooperation to implement best practices in the management of the species.
Project CARIPES:Quantification of ecosystem services provided by marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Caribbean with a view to their payment. Valuing the ecosystem services provided by select MPAs to engage fishers’ support and to instigate discussion of payments from the users to the fishers.
Creation of new protected areas in the public forests of La Réunion and Mayotte. Developing a strategy for the creation of protected areas in La Réunion (three new biological reserves in the public forests created) and setting up a regional coordination with Mayotte focusing on the creation of protected areas in the public forests of Mayotte.
Photo © Julien Triolo, ONF
Project SOPPAG: White-lipped peccaries monitoring from the Parc amazonien de Guyane – national park of French Guiana. Monitoring distribution and movements to better understand a species that is of biological importance to the Amazonian forest ecosystem and constitutes a main source of food for the local populations.
Photo © Luc Clement (PAG)
Conserving Species and Sites of International Importance by the Eradication of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories. Addressing the threat and demonstrating best practice for the prevention, control or eradication of IAS - notably black rats and feral livestock – to protect threatened seabirds, iguanas and land-bird species and their habitat.
Photo © Lyndon John
Identifying important marine areas for macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) in the UK and French OverseasTerritories. Determining the most important at sea areas for macaroni penguins, a globally endangered species, to have these designated by the appropriate authorities and to agree on management plans for them with stakeholders.
Photo © Annette Scheffer
Project MIROMEN: Migration Routes of Megaptera Novaeangliae (Humpback Whales). Studying the migration routes of Humpback whales in Reunion island to reinforce conservation measures or to trigger the implementation of new management plans for this species at a local and regional level.
Photo © Globice - BNOI
Piloting the Development and Implementation of National-Level Joint Activities between the Rio Conventions in Support of Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Building the capacity of pilot countries to identify and capitalize on opportunities to enhance links between three interconnected environmental issues (biodiversity, climate change and land degradation) and related processes.
Photo © IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Building partnerships and awareness of biodiversity and climate change in Europe overseas for the future of BEST. Creating new or strengthening existing partnerships to improve governance and financial mechanism supporting European overseas biodiversity and sustainable development, especially in the face of climate change.
Photo © IUCN
The PISUNA project: Protecting biodiversity and creating multiple benefits for local communities in Greenland. Engaging local fishers and hunters to help the government monitor natural resources in the face of a changing environment and to increase capacity and involvement in the governance and sustainable use of these resources.
Photo © Elmer Topp-Jørgensen
Protection and sustainable management of French Polynesia land-birds threatened by extinction. Developing sustainable management in 32 Important Bird Areas by creating Species Support Groups, engaging local inhabitants in protection measures such as invasive species control and ecotourism promotion.
Photo © Julie Larguier
Project MANG: Giving impetus to a collective movement in favour of the preservation of coastal wetlands in EU overseas territories. Establishing and promoting a method to assess the value of coastal wetlands, and promoting management measures engaging and supported by public and private stakeholders.
Photo © R. Renoux
Project PACIOCEA: Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Analysis. Developing marine spatial planning in the tropical south Pacific and the neighboring countries to strengthen conservation and sustainable management of marine ecosystems, to foster ecosystem-based approaches and to improve climate change adaptation.
Photo © Anne Littaye