News French Polynesia

The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu...

Mon, 28/12/2015
Living only on the islands that give them their names, the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs are two of the world's most endangered birds. Our heroes fighting to give them a future are the staff and volunteers of BirdLife French Polynesian Partner, SOP Manu. But if these birds are to survive, it is not just about protecting them from the invasive predators that kill their young. It requires a whole community effort working to save these iconic birds and restore their habitat. Involving local people and providing them with the necessary skills, as well as looking to help them develop sustainable incomes is all part of the `backstory' to nature conservation in the Pacific. These are the real challenges for the Pacific heroes of nature conservation working at the coal face!
Particpants at a forum at the end of a five year conservation project in the Pacific

Pacific Partnership Protects Nature for People...

Sun, 29/11/2015
A five year project undertaken by BirdLife together with the European Union to protect some of the most important sites for birds and other native wildlife throughout the Pacific is coming to an end. Working with national BirdLife Partners in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Palau, invasive alien species have been permanently removed from 10 islands and safeguarded 10 species of globally threatened wildlife such as the Polynesian Storm Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Micronesian Megapode and the Polynesian Ground Dove. A feature of the project was the involvement of local landowners and communities who have benefited from the work to remove the invasive species.
Juvenile Fatu Hiva Monarch - photo P Whitney

Fatu Hiva Monarch on the brink of extinction

Fri, 30/10/2015
The Fatu Hiva monarch is one of the most endangered species in the world with less than 5 fertile pairs left. In its remote home on Fatu Hiva, part of the Marquesas Archipelago in French Polynesia, its survival depends on controlling predator threats to the birds and nests in the valleys where it lives. Without resources this wonderful bird will be lost.
Iconic Tahiti Monarch

Community action saving iconic Tahiti Monarch

Wed, 28/10/2015
The decline of the Tahiti Monarch is being reversed by ongoing and intensive action by BirdLife French Polynesian partner Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU) and the local community. For the first time in many years the population has topped 50 birds with 17 pairs incubating 31 nests last summer and fledging 12 chicks. Small gains but with a species so close to extinction, this is a welcome outcome but we need help to secure the future of this iconic bird.
We estimate there are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them.

Rare chance for some of our world’s rarest birds!

Wed, 29/07/2015
Largest conservation project ever in French Polynesia hits historic milestone. The Acteon & Gambier island restoration operation makes an unprecedented contribution to saving one of our world’s rarest birds and a number of other endangered species from extinction.
The fifth report from the islands in our extensive Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation. Anthony & Heimana (locals from Tureia) rolling up the prickly invasive plant, Lantana. Photo: Steve Cranwell; BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #5 - all...

Fri, 03/07/2015
Even if an island is not inhabited anymore, the legacy of negative human impact on an environment requires real determination and effort to fix and restore.
Operation Restoration - island update #4 - "We found the remote atoll!" Photo: Steve Cranwell, BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #4 -...

Fri, 26/06/2015
The Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove is one of the world’s rarest birds. Find out more about how the team are even braving sharks to save them, and how you can help.

Operation Restoration - island update #2

Mon, 15/06/2015
The second update from the field in our huge Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation.

Operation Restoration underway: restoring a...

Fri, 12/06/2015
One of BirdLife’s most adventurous projects. The largest conservation project in French Polynesia ever. An incredibly remote location. A huge number of species to benefit. Six rare and endangered bird species to be saved. An enormous logistical challenge. Helicopter. Boats. GPS. Storms. Lightning. And wildlife. Restoring a tropical paradise in the Pacific… The Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation has begun.

Creating a Pacific Sanctuary

Wed, 10/12/2014

Pacific islands are under siege by invasive species,

Support saves forgotten Monarch

Wed, 11/06/2014
The fire ants and devastating rains hit as the funding dried up, but thanks to your huge support Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch is having its best ever breeding season.

Tahiti Monarch conservation wins first BirdLife...

Tue, 25/02/2014

Results revealed today show that Manu (Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie: BirdLife in

Amazing 2012 breeding season for Tahiti Monarch

Tue, 16/04/2013
The Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch has enjoyed its most successful breeding season since Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie began an intensive programme of nest protection in 1998.

Partnership to tackle Pacific pests

Fri, 09/11/2012
BirdLife Pacific and Island Conservation have signed an agreement in Fiji this week to help protect the native birds and biodiversity of Pacific islands from invasive species...

SOP saving stranded seabirds

Fri, 27/07/2012
The Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU - BirdLife in French Polynesia) has started a rescue program for grounded petrels and shearwaters attracted by lights on Tahiti. Following awareness raising activities by SOP MANU, the number of grounded Near Threatened Tahiti Petrel has risen from 10 to over 100 birds per annum. “This is thought to be the tip off the ice-berg, with the number of seabirds being attracted to bright lights at night is likely to be much higher”, said Lucie Faulquier from SOP MANU.