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How to use TESSA toolkit?

Martinique and Saint-Martin: courses concerning a new toolkit for evaluating the impact of the LIFE program’s actions!

During January 2019, courses on the use of the TESSA method were held on Martinique and on Saint-Martin. Their aim is explained.

From 14th to 17th January and 21st to 23rd January 2019, TESSA toolkit courses were held respectively on Martinique and Saint-Martin and organised by the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, the national coordinator of Life BIODIV’OM. This new method will be installed within the framework of Life BIODIV’OM by the associated beneficiaries, Martinique National Park and Saint-Martin national nature reserve in the aim of highlighting the impact of the actions on man.

The TESSA toolkit  

During these courses the LPO team demonstrated to those associations concerned as well as other interested people a system that allows the evaluation of the benefits nature provides to man, such as:  supplying food, coastal protection and provision of wild products as well as the possibility of nature based activities.

This toolkit, presented in the form of an interactive guide puts forward new arguments in favour of the conservation of a species or an area by using quantitative information on what nature provides for man.

Participative workshops

Participative workshops are an integral part of these courses and allow those participating to directly apply the toolkit methods. These participative workshops are at the base of the TESSA method as this tool is mainly organised around consensus workshops involving people or organisations liked with the targeted habitat or species.

These workshops provide a means of obtaining all information and knowledge necessary for the appropriate consideration of the benefits that people obtain from a site or a species and its habitat.

Field visits

The courses finish with a visit of sites concerned by the Life BIODIV’OM programme on which a study to evaluate the advantages provided by nature will be carried out as part of the programme. Thus, the Martinique national park team provided a guided visit of the Caravelle peninsula for the LPO team, particularly the White-breasted thrasher’s habitat, the species and the sites mangrove. A meeting with a local fisherman was organised in order to understand local fishing methods using traps and those benefits provided by fishing.

At Saint-Martin, the Saint-Martin national nature reserve teams provided a guided visit for the LPO instructors of the reserve and small islands present in the area.

 To find out more:

www.birdlife.org/worldwide/science/assessing-ecosystem-services-tessa

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