Te mana o te moana has organised the first international conference on sea turtles in French Polynesia. The event, wich is included in a wider research and conservation program on sea turtles, was hosted in Moorea by the hotel InterContinental Resort & Spa.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together the local actors involved in sea turtles conservation, together with fishermen, international scientists, biologists from research centers, NGOs, institutions and local government, in order to set up a long term conservation plan for sea turtles in French Polynesia.
Objectives of the meeting:
- to establish an exhaustive overview of conservation actions already implemented in French Polynesia for sea turtles, and to list the usual problems linked to sea turtles’ protection (cultural questions, consumption, etc.);
- to set up the local priorities regarding conservation and reserach work on sea turtles;
- to come up with proposals for conservation plans, issued from the collaboration of the widest possible range of actors.
This event received financial support mainly from the CEPF (Critical ecosystem Partnership Fund), the French Ministry of Ecology, and the Schmittgall company, as well as the Commune de Moorea-Maiao, the Top Dive Bathys diving club, and the hotel InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea.
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