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French Polynesia

The operator that is in charge of the implementation of the RESCCUE project in French Polynesia, under dual oversight from SPC and the French Polynesia Government, is: the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB) with IRCP, University of French Polynesia, Creocean, GIZ Oceanide, Vertigo Lab, SOP Manu and Te mana o te moana associations, IRD, UMR AMURE, The Ocean Foundation and several individual consultants.

Contact : Mahé Charles - [email protected]

Environment Department

Contact: Faimano Boulet Colomb d’Hauteserre, subdivisional engineer of the marine biodiversity division, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Phone: +689 40 47 66 12 - [email protected]

Activities to implement are located in the Opunohu Bay, Moorea, and in Mangareva, Gambier Archipelago.


Special emphasis is placed on consistency and synergy with the policies and activities of the various departments, the Gambier and Moorea municipal authorities and with those of the INTEGRE action plan for the joint Opunohu Bay site, both projects being designed to complement each other.

Support for developing and implementing integrated coastal management plans

The Gambier and Opunohu ICM plans are being developed according to SPC-proposed guidelines, based on existing land and marine planning documents at municipal and country level. The operator is developing the plans based on a participatory approach to ensure that local stakeholders and government owned them.  It also facilitates setting up multi-stakeholder discussion forums designed to continue beyond the project’s term.

Awareness and training activities are also held for the various Mangareva and Opunohu site stakeholders to ensure the plans are being implemented and to strengthen the sustainability of the results obtained and management methods introduced.

The effective contribution of ICM plans to climate change adaptation (CCA) is identified in coherence with the French Polynesian Climate Strategic Plan.

Development assistance, conservation and environmental restoration activities

Mangareva and Gambier pilot site

Waste management:

Household waste, metals, plastics, glass, green waste and hazardous waste.

Conservation and environmental restoration and rehabilitation:

  • Land biodiversity conservation: invasive species control, biosecurity on islands that are free of rats and other exotic species jeopardising their biodiversity; protecting and monitoring bird life and terrestrial biodiversity developing ecotourism, birdwatching, awareness activities, school projects and capacity building;
  • Setting up a multi-purpose municipal plant nursery;
  • Environmental restoration, particularly on land that plays a pivotal role in connecting remnant forests; setting up and management of a conservation area for the last remaining natural rainforest on Mount Mokoto; and
  • Rehabilitation, particularly erosion control through reforestation using native species.

Mooring management and setting up  ecological moorings

Pearl-farming waste management:

Removal (determine current waste in the lagoon and cleaning-operation feasibility) and prevention (minimize and recycle waste from current pearl-farming practices).

Opunohu Bay and Moorea pilot site

Shoreline-retreat and beach-erosion control

Conservation and environmental restoration and rehabilitation:

Preserving sensitive habitats and primary forest, managing riparian forests and reforesting ridges and hills with native species.

Support for the marine area management plan (PGEM) review and operations:

Technical assistance provided for reviewing the PGEM – key to the management of the RAMSAR area – initiated in 2014 with a roadmap produced by the PGEM planning and review workshop held on Moorea on 20-24 October.

Mooring management and setting up ecological moorings

Assistance with changing agricultural practices at Opunohu

Economic and financial toolbox for implementing and guiding public policy

Conducting economic analyses to provide information for mooring management on Moorea and in the Gambier, managing household waste on Mangareva and decisions about changing agricultural practices at Opunohu and pearl-farming practices in the Gambier.


Also, developing economic and financial mechanisms for integrated coastal management in the pilot sites, i.e.:

  • Identify appropriate levers for funding the Moorea PGEM’s recurrent and additional expenses;
  • Determine feasibility and implement assistance mechanisms for change in agricultural practices (agro-environmental measures and organic farming labels);
  • Determine feasibility and develop mechanisms for sustainable pearl farming in the Gambier, e.g. a label, waste recycling and a fee, etc.
  • Strengthen ecotourism activities in the Gambier and on Moorea.