We develop and facilitate participatory networks for collecting data combining science, nature and culture.
HEI MOANA COLLABORATIVE NETWORK
The sentinels of the ocean
Training young people and adults serving as references, who participate in data collection on sea turtles, marine mamals and coral reefs to better understand and protect the marine environment of French Polynesia.
- Participative science project dedicated to education, raising awareness and involvement of the general public
- Focus on observation and protection of threatened marine species and ecosystems in French Polynesia
- Includes working sessions and the distribution of an educational kit: manual, charter, poster, etc.
- Target audience: adults, teachers, cycle 3 students, students from high scool and colleges
REEF CHECK NETWORK
It is an international program working with local communities, governments and organizations to ensure the scientific monitoring, and the improvement and preservation of the coral reefs’ health.
Detect new disturbance and get a better knowledge of the coral reefs’ health.
- Collected data will help scientists to get information from the faraway islands, where no scientific monitoring is done
- Using a simple method achievable by anyone and scientifically recognized
- Theoretical and practical trainings required
- Reef Check eco-diver explores 100m of coral reefs once a year (or more if they want to) by scuba diving and snorkeling
COCONUT CRAB POPULATION STUDY IN TETIAROA
First inventory of the coconut crab population on Tetiaroa atoll, as part of a larger survey organized by the Direction of the Environment of French Polynesia (DIREN), which already conducted surveys on other islands.
Te mana o te moana's team in Tetiaroa uses the existing protocol validated by the DIREN to study coconut crabs on selected motus:
- Analyze individuals
- Determine male/female ratio
- Identify age range
- Understand reproductive cycles
- Over 20 tons of waste collected over the past 15 years
- Cleaning days regularly organized by Te mana o te moana teams in partnership with the Directorate for the environment, the municipalities and local schools
Cleaning campaigns also allow the creation of educational materials to educate the general public