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Marine protected areas in French Polynesia

Since 1971, French Polynesia, according to its local jurisdiction, has been setting up marine protected areas with multiple goals (protected areas, PGEM marine area management plan) but also regulated fi shing areas which contribute to a better marine area management.

Meanwhile, some areas are internationally recognized and awarded by UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere” program (Fakarava atolls) and by the RAMSAR convention on the international importance of wetlands (Moorea lagoon).
French Polynesia also host traditional community-based management measures such as the “Rahui”, which are still used nowadays in Rapa and Maiao, for instance.

Finally, French Polynesia has marine sanctuaries covering the entire waters under national jurisdiction for marine mammals and sharks.

Document date : 11/2014

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