BEST

BEST

Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Territories of Europe Overseas

Blvd Louis Schmidt 64, Brussels, Belgium

Region Active:

Europe, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific, South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Oceania

Intergovernmental network

2010

Activity

Funding projects, Marine conservation, Coral reefs conservation

Description

BEST is an initiative for funding projects aimed at preserving the biodiversity and ecosystems in the EU Overseas regions. Hosting 70% of the EU's species, 20% of the world's coral reefs and made up of 34 political entities, the EU Overseas regions constitute the world's largest marine area- 5% of the global ocean. The EU ORs (Outermost Regions) and OCTs (Overseas Countries and Territories) form five global diversity hotspots increasingly affected by climate change, invasive species and habitat loss. The BEST consortium is led by IUCN