The Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, will visitFrench Polynesia nextweek where he willmeet with government representatives to discussdevelopment priorities for the Pacific Island territory.
High on the agenda of his five-day visit (12 to 16 December) is a meeting with the French High Commissioner for French Polynesia, Rene Bidal,as well as the President of the French Polynesia Assembly, the Hon Marcel Tuisani,and cabinet members.
Technical and scientific assistance fromthe Pacific Community (SPC)in areas such as health, gender, transport and the sustainable use of natural resources will be discussed, including a visit to aquaculture farms and IFREMER on Tahiti Peninsula.
The official visit also provides the opportunity to reviewthe INTEGRE and RESCCUE projects, implemented by SPC inpartnership with the institutions of French Polynesia and locl communities, through a visit to a shared project pilot site at Opunohu on Moorea.
INTEGRE is funded by the European Union, while RESCCUE is made possible with funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and theFrench Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).
Theseprojects are developing a range of actions as part of an integrated coastal management approach and witha view toincreasing resilience to climate change.
Themain work areas are organic farming, developing tourism and sustainable management of natural resources, based on sharing expertise and experience between overseas countries and territories (OCT) and with countries in the region.