Complementary actions to the French Polynesia aquatic trail project: Reef restoration, signage and training activities on aquatic trail management.

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CLIENT :  SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

YEARS : 2018 - 2019

LOCATION : French Polynesia

MISSIONS :

  • Design of reef restoration structures
  • Coral cutting
  • Public information meetings
  • Drafting of a trail user guide
  • Design of promotional flyers
  • Submersive guidebook for species discovery

BACKGROUND:

In 2015 and 2016, CREOCEAN carried out a feasibility study regarding the implementation of aquatic trails. This project emerged from the French Polynesia Ministry of tourism which included in its development strategy from 2015 to 2020 actions aiming at developing ecotourism, in particular regarding coastal and marine activities and ecosystems. This study led to the identification of the most appropriated sites for the implementation of aquatic trails and to establish common specifications for all aquatic trails.

In 2016, CREOCEAN carried out the design of the trails, establishing the plans for every future trail and defining their location as well as the suitable signage to each observation station. In 2017 and 2018, the Ministry of Tourism committed the funds for the implementation of the trails. Today, there are 4 of these trails, spread over Tahiti, Bora Bora and Rangiroa.

In parallel, French Polynesia had included its ambitious project of aquatic trails within the BIODIVERSITY BLUE BELT European program. Additional actions to support the implementation and development of the project were therefore funded by the Region Ocean Program for the Environment and carried out by CREOCEAN.

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