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New coordination mission in Mayotte

From February 2 to 8, 2020, the National Life BIODIV’OM coordinator and the NEEMO referent on the LIFE program visited the GEPOMAY association to take stock of the overall progress of Life’s actions and the financial aspect of program. This mission on the territory was also an opportunity to discover the actions implemented in the field by the association, to visit the study sites targeted by LIFE, to observe some individuals of Madagascar pond heron and to meet partners.

Field visit with GEPOMAY agents © Delphine MORIN / LPO

National coordination
The Life BIODIV’OM is a European program deploying actions in five outermost regions in which beneficiaries carry out conservation and protection actions for the project. This is the case with SEOR and PNRun in Reunion, GEPOMAY in Mayotte, GEPOG in Guyana, AGRNSM in Saint-Martin and PNM in Martinique. In order to be able to meet the deadlines, the progress of the actions and the budget associated with the program, the national coordination of the Life program has been entrusted to the LPO, which has experience in numerous European programs.

Regular visits
In order to be able to ensure the smooth running of the actions, the project provides for coordination missions in all the territories targeted by the project during the 5 years. These missions provide an update on the progress of the project, organize seminars on common themes and meet the new people hired on the program.

The coming of NEEMO
The European Union, the main financier of this program, controls the monitoring of LIFE actions via an external management team with an advisory role, NEEMO, which ensures the smooth running of the project. For this, the NEEMO referent on the Life BIODIV’OM project visits a territory once a year, in the company of the national coordinator of the program. This year, it was on the island of Mayotte that this coordination mission took place.

GEPOMAY actions
In Mayotte, GEPOMAY implements conservation, management and restoration actions in order to protect a globally threatened species, the Madagascar pond heron. For this, as part of Life BIODIV’OM, the association plans to:
• The protection of certain breeding and feeding sites used by the species in order to limit the destruction of its habitat
• The deployment of facilities on certain sites in order to limit disturbance and poaching
• Monitoring the movements of the Madagascar pond heron to acquire new knowledge on the species
• The carrying out of tests of new innovative methods of management of mangrove rats to limit their predation, suspected for the moment
• Restoration work and management of wet meadows, feeding site of the Madagascar pond heron, in consultation with breeders