Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
Cap DOM is a project on knowledge, management and protection of endangered bird species and habitats in Réunion, French Guiana and Martinique.
Abstract of the project:
Though still accounting for around 80% of French biodiversity, French outermost regions biodiversity have significantly declined in recent years. Biodiversity in these areas is threatened by invasive species, urbanisation and economic activities, as well as a lack of appropriate conservation tools. The Birds and Habitats Directives do not apply in these regions and biodiversity protection is not integrated into policies such as agriculture, fishing or trade policies. Because of their remote geographical location, research developments and technical innovations in nature conservation have tended to overlook these regions. Furthermore, conservation management tools that have been developed for the European continent are not necessarily suitable because of the specificities of the local natural and socio-economic contexts.
The objective of this LIFE Biodiversity project was to contribute to stopping biodiversity loss three French Outermost Regions (Reunion, Martinique and French Guiana), by testing demonstrative and innovative conservation management tools for the protection of threatened bird species and their habitats, and by disseminating the results to other EU overseas territories.