Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Opening seminar

LIFE BIODIV’OM is officially launched!

From 19th to 23rd November, an opening seminar took place at the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux’s headquarters in the company of the various beneficiary organisations, recently arrived from their overseas territories.

A multi-partner programme

The LIFE BIODIV’OM programme is coordinated at the national level by the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux. In the territories actions are undertaken by different partners:

  • La Société d’Études Ornithologiques de la Réunion (SEOR) – «  Reunion Bird Study society»
  • Le Parc National de la Réunion (PNRun) – « Reunion National Park »
  • Le Groupe d’Étude et de Protection des Oiseaux en Guyane (GEPOG) – « The Birds of Guiana Study and Protection group »
  • Le Parc Naturel de Martinique (PNM) – « Martinique National Park »
  • Le Groupe d’Étude et de Protection des Oiseaux de Mayotte (GEPOMAY) – « The Birds of Mayotte Study and Protection group »
  • L’Association de Gestion de la Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin (AGRNSM) – «The Saint-Martin National Nature Reserve management  association »

LIFE BIODIV’OM is the first LIFE programme to have 5 associations, 2 public structures and 5 different overseas territories working together.

A week of exchange.

 Numerous exchanges during the seminar allowed beneficiaries to present their respective projects and to make an administrative and financial review. The subject of communication actions was raised as were ways of evaluating a project’s impact.

 … and discovery.

The seminar was also an occasion for the beneficiaries to visit Moëze-Oléron national nature reserve, managed by the LPO. This reserve is one of the two most important sites for wintering waders in France and one of the top five for ducks. Each winter 80 000 waterbirds are counted.

The beneficiaries were also invited to a presentation of the LIFE Vison d’Europe (European mink) project in the LPO offices which was followed by a field visit allowing them to see those actions set up to detect this small mammal. This critically endangered species is the object of a European programme coordinated by the LPO in partnership with the Charente-Maritime departmental council and GREGE, a consultancy firm with expertise of studying mammals.

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