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BESTLIFE2030 mission and vision

BESTLIFE2030 facilitates the engagement of local actors in conservation efforts in the EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and associated Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to advance biodiversity preservation and restoration. By supporting local conservation actions, BESTLIFE2030 envisions building long-term conservation leadership and demonstrating the steadfast commitment of the EU Overseas towards the successful implementation of regional and global biodiversity strategies.

BESTLIFE2030 and the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, established by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), outlines an ambitious Target 3. This target urges States Parties to ensure the effective conservation of 30% of the globe’s terrestrial and marine areas. Europe, leveraging its Overseas Territories, assumes a crucial role in advancing global biodiversity conservation endeavours, given that over 80% of Europe’s biodiversity is harboured within the Outermost Regions (ORs) and associated Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). 

Considering this key role, BESTLIFE2030 emerges as a strategic and comprehensive approach to fortifying biodiversity conservation efforts within the EU Overseas territories. By implementing responsive actions across these territories, this initiative is poised to make significant contributions toward fulfilling Target 3. 

BESTLIFE2030 monitoring and evaluation

BESTLIFE2030 boasts a robust monitoring and evaluation system designed to assess the impact of the conservation projects it supports. Impact monitoring and evaluation is conducted at two distinct levels:

1. At project level, once chosen to receive funding, grantees are required to establish baseline values for specific indicators, particularly those related to biodiversity, and explain the methodology used to obtain these values. Throughout their projects, grantees must submit technical reports at predetermined intervals, outlining the progress of their initiatives. These reports encompass various elements, including updates on the projects’ logical frameworks aimed at attaining their anticipated outcomes. Grantees who provided baseline monitoring information at the outset of their grant are also required to submit final versions upon project completion. This allows for comparison to identify any changes that occurred throughout the project lifecycle.  

2. At programme level, the project indicators furnished by each grantee serve to inform the programme’s logical framework, ensuring an adequate systematic evaluation and the tracking of project performance. 

The impact and monitoring system of BESTLIFE2030 is structured into six distinct clusters: Biodiversity, Enabling Conditions, Outreach, Employment, Protected Areas, and Climate Vulnerability. These clusters encompass a comprehensive range of indicators aligned with the LIFE Key Project Indicators (KPIs). Additional indicators can be created if the habitats targeted are not already listed.

Biodiversity: aimed to enhance the condition of local biodiversity and ecosystem services

  • BEST 1. No. of species benefiting from conservation action 

  • BEST 2. No. of animal species benefiting from conservation action 

  • BEST 3. Area of mangrove habitat where the loss of biodiversity is being halted and reversed (km2) 

  • BEST 4. Area of savanna habitat where loss of biodiversity is being halted and reversed (km2)

  • BEST 5. Area of coral reef habitat where the loss of biodiversity is being halted and reversed (km2) 

  • BEST 6. Area of coral rhodolith bed habitat where the loss of biodiversity is being halted and reversed (km2)

  • BEST 7. (Reduction in) area occupied by invasive alien species (km2)

  • BEST 8. No. of invasive alien species impacted (animal) 

  • BEST 9. No. of invasive alien species impacted (plant) 

  • BEST 10. Habitats – area of tropical forest restored (km2)  

Enabling conditions: aimed to set up the necessary conditions for effectively putting conservation practices into action

  • BEST 11. No. of collaborations forged and/or enforced 

  • BEST 12: No. of regulations, strategies or protocols with conservation provisions revamped, enacted or amended 

Outreach: aimed to promote desired awareness and subsequent behaviour change through appropriate activities and communication channels

  • BEST 13: No. of people trained

  • BEST 14: No. of volunteers involved in project activities

  • BEST 15: No. of people reached by awareness activities (in person)

  • BEST 16: No. of people reached via media and social networks (online)

  • BEST 17: No. of people from vulnerable groups benefiting from project activities

Employment: aimed at ensuring the creation of part-time and full-time jobs thanks to the provided funding and, ideally, beyond it

  • BEST 18: No. of jobs created

Protected areas: aimed at establishing or expanding either protected areas or Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs)

  • BEST 19: Percentage increase in the area of protected and conserved areas 

  • BEST 20: No. of certified sites/areas (Green List) 

Climate vulnerability: aimed at improving the conditions to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change

  • BEST 21: Humans: No. of people less vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change due to climate adaptation measures

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