Moorea Island

July 2008

Conservation benefit: Support of a 2,394-acre no-take marine reserve and the establishment of a conservatory of native medicinal plants

Community benefit: Construction of an Interpretive Center in exchange for a community-based conservation program

Moorea is a high volcanic island in the Society Islands group of French Polynesia. The island is 84 square miles and has a population of about 16,000. In the last 20 years population pressure has resulted in over-fishing of the nearshore waters. The U.C. Berkeley Gump Research Station on Moorea has begun working with a local NGO, Te Pu Atitia, to create a cultural center to promote the development of conservation programs based on the combination of traditional knowledge and modern science. In exchange for Seacology helping to fund construction of the center, Atitia will work with the local population to enforce no-take provisions in 2,394 acres of marine reserve in the Moorea Lagoon. Additionally Atitia will begin the collection and propagation of native plants used for traditional medicine.

Project Updates
November 2009
As of November 2009 the building has been completed. An official opening ceremony was attended by members of the 2009 Seacology expedition to French Polynesia.
July 2009
The project started in July 2009 after receiving the building permit which had been held up two months longer than anticipated. Construction has begun and is expected to be done by September.
June 2009
Revised architectural drawings were sent to Seacology in March 2009. As of April 2009 Te Pu Atitia has commissioned and received architectural drawings for the Atitia Center Fare Pote’e and...
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