The project in New Caledonia

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Preserving New Caledonia’s outstanding marine and land biodiversity is a key international challenge. The fact that New Caledonia’s lagoon, which is well known for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity and incredibly well-preserved ecosystem, was UNESCO World-Heritage listed in 2008 is evidence of this. Despite this, however, its heritage is under threat from invasive species, fire, increased human activity, logging and mining.

New Caledonia’s three provinces, which are chiefly responsible for the environment, are INTEGRE’s key partners in the country and all three requested that INTEGRE strengthen their participatory and integrated management initiatives as prescribed by UNESCO on the three New Caledonian sites, i.e. the Southern Tip, Ouvea Beautemps-Beaupre and the northeastern coastal area.

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INTEGRE’s action plans for all three pilot sites were developed with the Provinces by involving their local partners as much as possible on each site, e.g. UNESCO management committees, municipalities, local associations and social and economic partners, etc. Their common objectives were to:

  • maintain the integrity of the UNESCO property;
  • drive the participatory management process and rally local stakeholders; and
  • help control man-made threats.

Several country-level activities will supplement or strengthen pilot-site projects in order to:

  • enhance the capacities and networking of the World-Heritage-listed site managers;
  • launch a climate-change adaptation strategy for New Caledonia and provide solutions for the major concerns over coastal areas; and
  • strengthen the Territory’s organic farming sector so as to develop sustainable resource management that is compatible with New Caledonian coastal areas’ environmental, social and economic issues

 

Pacific territories’ initiative for regional management of the environment

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