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What's happening on Tetiaroa: research, conservation, education, and nature.

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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.

It is not very obvious to most visitors to Tetiaroa that the atoll is actually part of a municipal commune that includes the town of Arue on the north end of Tahiti. As such the mayor of Arue is also the mayor of Tetiaroa. Tetiaroa Society recognizes this connection by working with the mayor, and elders, and schools of Arue for Education  and Conservation Programs.

Last month, the mayor’s office invited Tetiaroa Society to participate with schools and municipal officials in a festival that celebrated the relationship between Arue and its “twin” city of Mont-Dore in New Caledonia.…

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