Conserving Biodiversity in Europe’s Overseas Territories
BESTLIFE2030 (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas) is a granting mechanism focusing on preserving and restoring biodiversity in the EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), which host rich biodiversity but also face significant climate change threats.
The project, spanning six regions worldwide, i.e. Amazonia, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Macaronesia, Pacific, and North Atlantic, engages a consortium of experts to guide and empower local stakeholders in implementing conservation projects, thus emphasizing capacity development, local community engagement and knowledge sharing.
Specific goals include supporting biodiversity conservation, fostering sustainable ecosystem services, and integrating conservation into local decision-making across various sectors.
Ultimately, BESTLIFE2030 strives to make a lasting positive impact on biodiversity, climate adaptation, and sustainable development in vulnerable regions.
Impact of the BEST Initiative
funded projects in 6 regions
new species discovered and 1700 studied
new key biodiversity areas and ecological corridors identified
of beneficiaries developed new ways to sustainably use natural resources
The BESTLIFE2030 institutional partnership brings together a consortium of well-established partners who share a common commitment to nature conservation. Each partner contributes their specialized expertise in grant management, project implementation, and capacity development in the Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). With the aim of fostering practical capacity building and generating tangible impact in the field of biodiversity conservation across European Overseas, the IUCN EU Office, as coordinator, working alongside the following organizations to execute the BESTLIFE2030 project: the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands, the IUCN French National Committee, Consulta Europa, Nordeco, the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), and the Conference of Presidents of the Outermost Regions.