Pacific Territories Regional Project for Sustainable Ecosystem Management (PROTEGE in French)
OCTs’ natural ecosystems provide essential services supporting economies and offering economically viable solutions to address the climate resilience challenges of development. The local populations remain highly dependent on the quality of the natural resources and habitats that guarantee their subsistence and serve as a vector for social wellbeing, culture and identity.
PROTEGE is a regional cooperation project that supports the public policies of the four Pacific OCTs, i.e. New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis & Futuna and Pitcairn. Designed to last five-years (2018-2023), it has two main objectives:
- strengthening key primary sectors’ sustainability, climate-change adaptation and autonomy;
- and enhancing ecosystem-service security by protecting water resources and biodiversity.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project covers four themes:
- Theme 1, Agriculture and Forestry: Viable agro-ecological systems are technically validated and transferred and obstacles to the development of organic farming are removed.
- Theme 2, Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture: Reef lagoon resources and aquaculture are managed in a more sustainable, integrated and adapted way to island economies and climate change.
- Theme 3 Water: Water is managed in a more integrated way and better adapted to climate change.
- Theme 4 Invasive Species: Invasive alien species are better managed to strengthen the protection, resilience and restoration of ecosystem services and biodiversity.