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Tetiaroa Atoll serves as a living laboratory for the restoration of terrestrial and marine ecosystems throughout French Polynesia.

Tetiaroa Atoll is famously known not only for its connection to Marlon Brando, but also for its incredible biodiversity. The atoll is made up of 12 islets or motus, which host a diverse array of wildlife, including critical nesting habitat for French Polynesia’s seabirds and Endangered Green Sea Turtles. Beyond the tropical forests and sandy beaches lies one of the world’s most secluded and near-pristine coral reef ecosystems. But…

Maybe, but only if we protect them.

In this recent Forbes article, Development Economist Nishan Degnarain explores the need to protect deep ocean ecosystems from seabed mining so that we have time to better understand them and the potential they hold for medical and industrial applications.

And, it turns out, coral reefs may help with addressing the pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19.

Education is a vital component of Tetiaroa Society’s mission. In our Education Program we use the island of Tetiaroa as a classroom for local and international students and community groups to teach about the natural and cultural heritage of the island and about the importance of sustainability.

Photo: Guide Herehia Sanford teaching Virginie Poly how to weave a fa'ari'i…

David Seeley and family

Tetiaroa Society has had a long and productive partnership with the University of Washington, largely because of the support of Tetiaroa Society Board Member David Seeley and his family (Huskies one and all!  David is pictured right with his daughter and wife).

This partnership has resulted in three long-term research programs studying:

  • Ocean…

Tetiaroa Society was invited this month to participate in a workshop in Santa Barbara, California, at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The workshop, which was sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, was convened to create a network of sites across a North/South transect in the Pacific Ocean.

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