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Te Tai Nui Atea - Marine Managed Area (5 million km2)
by French Polynesia Governement (Government)
French Polynesia has a 5 million km2 EEZ. The project is to create a Marine Managed Area at the size of the EEZ.
It will be named : TE TAI NUI ATEA. This initiative aims at conserving and sustainably use our marine environment and its resources for our current and future generations. It is also our contribution to the regional and global effort to maintain and restore the health, productivity and resilience of our Ocean.

Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
December 2017
Creation of TE TAI NUI ATEA legislation framework
December 2017
Adoption of the environmental and fisheries management plans
December 2018
Partnership sourcing
December 2020
Implementation of managements plans
Financing (in USD)
8,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Project manager, environnement coordinator, fisheries coordinator, surveillance commanding officer
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2016 - December 2020
Direction de l'Environnement (Environnement dpt) Direction des Ressources Marines et Minires (Fisheries dpt) Local councils Agence Franaise pour la Biodiversit French Navy (surveillance) Fishermen's representatives Local environnemental NGOs
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Cedric Ponsonnet, Deputy Director of Direction des Ressources Marines et Minires, cedric.ponsonnet@drm.gov.pf,
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