Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

First coordination mission

The first coordination mission of the LIFE BIODIV’OM programme

In January 2019, Delphine MORIN, the Life BIODIV’OM national coordinator met the two new LIFE project managers in Martinique and Saint-Martin.

National coordination

The Life BIODIV’OM is a European programme taking actions in five ultra-peripheral regions within which the beneficiaries undertake conservation and protection actions according to the programme. It concerns the SEOR and PNRun in Reunion, the GEPOMAY on Mayotte, the GEPOG in Guiana, the AGRNSM at Saint-Martin and the PNM on Martinique.

In order to control timing, the smooth running of operations and respect of the associated programme budget national coordination of the LIFE program was entrusted to the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) that has much experience of European programmes.

Regular visits

In order to make sure of the smooth running of operations, it is foreseen that there will be coordination visits to all concerned territories over the 5 year period. These visits will allow so see how the different operations are advancing, to organise seminars on common themes and encounter new personnel employed for the programme.


The first Life BIODIV’OM coordination visit took place during 9th to 18th January in the Caribbean. From 9th to 11th the program coordinator met with the AGRNSM (Association de Gestion de la réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin) team, its director Nicolas MASLACH and more especially with Julien CHALIFOUR and recent colleague Aude BERGER who work on actions to protect the Goliath and Nassau groupers at Saint-Martin.

This meeting allowed for a close look at the budget, timing and action objectives of the Life BIODIV’OM program at Saint-Martin.


From 16th to 18th the LIFE coordinator continued her programme work with a visit to the PNM (Martinique National Park) team. She particularly had meetings with Maurice VEILLEUR the « Direction de la Protection et de l’Aménagement du Territoire » director and Nancy JACQUELIN the future Life BIODIV’OM coordinator for Martinique, to present the programme in detail. She also again met with Thomas ALEXANDRINE and Christelle BERANGER, both very much involved with the LIFE programme and two LPO colleagues, Awatef ABBIAH and Florent BIGNON who were in charge of a programme workshop. The 17th, the PMN also took the LPO delegation to see a programme target species, the  White-breasted thrasher, on the Caravelle peninsula.

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