Double programme de recherche sur les tortues marines
de lArchipel de la Socit, Polynsie franaise
Dual ReseaRch PRogRam on sea TuRTles of The socIeTy aRchIPelago fRench PolynesIa
BIODIVERSITY COnSERVATIOn LESSONS LEARNED TECHNICAL SERIES
Double programme de recherche sur les tortues marines de lArchipel de la Socit, Polynsie franaise
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION LESSONS LEARNED TECHNICAL SERIES
11Biodiversity Conservation Lessons Learned Technical Series is published by:
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Conservation International Pacific Islands Program. 2013. Biodiversity Conservation Lessons Learned Technical Series 11: Double programme de recherche sur les tortues marines de lArchipel de la Socit, Polynsie franaise [Dual Research Program on Sea Turtles of the Society Archipelago French Polynesia].
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This document is part of a technical report series on conservation projects funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Conservation International Pacific Islands Program (CI-Pacific). The main purpose of this series is to disseminate project findings and successes to a broader audience of conservation professionals in the Pacific, along with interested members of the public and students. The reports are being prepared on an ad-hoc basis as projects are completed and written up.
In most cases the reports are composed of two parts, the first part is a detailed technical report on the project which gives details on the methodology used, the results and any recommendations. The second part is a brief project completion report written for the donor and focused on conservation impacts and lessons learned.
The CEPF fund in the Polynesia-Micronesia region was launched in September 2008 and will be active until 2013. It is being managed as a partnership between CI Pacific and CEPF. The purpose of the fund is to engage and build the capacity of non-governmental organizations to achieve terrestrial biodiversity conservation. The total grant envelope is approximately US$6 million, and focuses on three main elements: the prevention, control and eradication of invasive species in key biodiversity areas (KBAs); strengthening the conservation status and management of a prioritized set of 60 KBAs and building the awareness and participation of local leaders and community members in the implementation of threatened species recovery plans.
Since the launch of the fund, a number of calls for proposals have been completed for 14 eligible Pacific Island Countries and Territories (Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Fiji, Niue, Cook Islands, Palau, FSM, Marshall Islands, Tokelau Islands, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Eastern Island, Pitcairn and Tokelau). By late 2012 more than 90 projects in 13 countries and territories were being funded.
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ABOUT THE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION LESSONS LEARNED TECHNICAL SERIES
Location of the project in the Polynesia-Micronesia Biodiversity Hotspot
The Pacific Islands Region
About the Biodiversity Conservation Lessons Learned Technical Series 3
Lessons Learned 7
Double programme de recherche sur les tortues marines de lArchipel de la Socit, Polynsie franaiseDual Research Program on Sea Turtles of the Society Archipelago French Polynesia
I Introduction 12
II Materiel et Methode 18
II Resultats et Analyse 25
IV Conservation et Sensibilisation 43
V Discussion 47
VI Conclusion 52
VII Bibliographie 53
1er Symposium international sur les tortues marines en Polynsie franaise: Rapport de synthse 59 Contexte du symposium 60
Liste des participants 63
Liste des institutions reprsentes 64
Les discours des officiels 65
Rsum des prsentations et dbats 66
Une annonce qui cre la confusion 70
Et ailleurs ? Quelle approche, quel regard 72
Les recommandations pour la russite dun plan de conservation 75
Articles choisis 78
CEPF Large Grant Final Project Completion Report 81
Map: Location of the project in the Polynesia-Micronesia Biodiversity Hotspot 4
Table des matires
DEDICATIONThank you Lui Bell for your commitment to protecting the Pacifics natural heritage. We will continue to strive to protect sea turtles as you have done for so many years.
TE MANA o TE MoANA
Project Design ProcessAspects of the project design that contributed to its success/shortcomings.
Three key factors in project design may explain the success of project:
The gathering and involvement of many categories of actors and stakeholders around the theme of sea turtle conservation. This involvement of local people has been made by the Symposium, the technician training and the awareness of communities in the studied islands. This concept of joint mobilization around a common resource was still not widespread in the field of research in Polynesia. But it has led to numerous requests for voluntary work and those requests have initiated the idea of Sea Turtle observatory in French Polynesia.
The communication on the results achieved during the project. In order to enable stakeholders to incorporate these new data but also to allow people to participate in sustainable management of sea turtles, many communication supports have been realized (newspaper articles, movie, educational booklet being realization, passages in schools,). This information campaign was followed by a renewed public interest in these symbolic animals, which manifested itself by many accounts and testimonies on the web, radio and television and the creation of new working groups.
The diversity of targeted data and study areas. All these data allow to have a unique database which help in identifying the important areas in terms of habitat use and turtle density. These data, insufficient for research of high scientific level (not enough data in time for example) have however enabled a comprehensive review and understand the priorities for research and conservation about this specie. New research projects and a PHD are currently being developed.
Project ImplementationAspects of the project execution that contributed to its success/shortcomings.
Nombreux partenaires logistiques pour le symposium Bonne adaptabilit en fonction des conditions de terrain, mto, Relais dans les les plus loignes en charge de lorganisat