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Grant scheme for biodiversity in EU Overseas

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.

31 October 2023
In the wake of the successful conservation efforts carried out by the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST), BESTLIFE2030 is pleased to announce the launch of its first call f…
13 September 2023
Addressing the need to halt and reverse the global biodiversity decline is a crucial aspect of the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and associated Overseas Countries a…

Impact of the BEST Initiative


funded projects in 6 regions


new species discovered and 1700 studied


new key biodiversity areas and ecological corridors identified

+ 15%

of beneficiaries developed new ways to sustainably use natural resources 

Our partners

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.

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