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Tetiaroa Society Education and Culture Committee announce a contest,
Tata’ura’a ia Vai Moana te Fenua

This contest is organized by Tetiaroa Society, our partners, the TS Educational and Cultural Committee, the French Polynesia Ministry of Education, and the French Polynesia Ministry of Culture and Environment. It is part of the Blue Climate Initiative's International Summit, to be held in May 2022

Inès Pasquier - busy mapping the archaeological sites

Tetiaroa is a crown jewel in Tahiti’s history. We know that it served as a secondary residence for the Tahitian royal family of Pare in the 18th Century. However, relatively little is known beyond this.

Inès Pasquier, a French intern from the ENSG (Ecole nationale des sciences géographiques, Marnes-La-Vallée) under the supervision of Dr. Benoît Stoll (University of french Polynesia), is currently on island working to change this.

Inès aims to complete and publish the GPS mapping of all archaeological sites surveyed and recorded by the archaeology team (Molle, Hermann, Lagarde…

The UW seabird team is currently on Tetiaroa collecting data prior to removal of rats, something that has rarely been possible with other island eradications.

A team of scientists led by Drs. Beth Gardner and Sarah Converse from the University of Washington are studying the impact of rat removal on Tetiaroa Atoll’s seabird populations.

Seabirds play a critical role in the health of islands and oceans. They bring valuable nutrients from the marine environment onto the land by eating fish and distributing their guano (poop), which then also feeds the nearby coastal environment through run-off.

Globally, seabirds are one of the most imperiled groups of birds.1 They face threats at sea – through entanglement in fisheries…

Blue Climate Initiative was endorsed as one of the first flagship programs of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

You may have noticed Tetiaroa Society sharing news and information about the Blue Climate Initiative recently and wondered, “What is the Blue Climate Initiative and how is it related to Tetiaroa Society?”

The Blue Climate Initiative is a global initiative bringing together scientists, community groups, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, influencers, and others to protect the ocean and accelerate ocean-related strategies to address the climate crisis and other pressing environmental issues. The fiscal sponsor for the Blue Climate Initiative is Tetiaroa Society.

The…

Last year, 2020, was unlike any other in recent history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was forced to stand still — travel came to a halt and the future filled with uncertainty. Quite suddenly, Tetiaroa became quiet…of people that is.

Birds continued their daily rituals, nesting in the native trees and foraging at the shoreline. Turtles returned to their respective beaches. Crabs, fish, sharks, and rays went about their lives searching for food.

For Tetiaroa’s native species, it was business as usual.

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