Technical workshops

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Five workshops for project partners are planned over its lifespan. They aim at strengthening ties between OCTs through sharing the experience gained during INTEGRE project implementation.

The first workshop, in February 2014, discussed methodology with a view to setting up the project. Another three workshops on specific topics will be held, i.e. one in each OCT (except Pitcairn, which is difficult to travel to. The dates will, however, be set so as to facilitate Pitcairn's participation, i.e. based on the connecting ship's schedule). The themes will be decided in agreement with the OCTs and the workshops will take place in February 2015, March 2016 and March 2017.

The next technical workshop will focus on ICZM and sustainable tourism. I will be held in Papeete, from 25 to 27 February.

The March 2017 workshop will be combined with the closing workshop so as to drawn on the project's overall experience.

The workshop brought together about 40 registered participants including departments involved at each pilot site, specialists in integrated management and other areas of importance for the Pacific islands (waste, agriculture, fisheries, maritime transport, etc.), and NGOs.

Through presentations, discussions and small group sessions, the departments involved gained a better understanding of each other's problems, shared their vision of INTEGRE, and benefitted from feedback on the experience of the specialists who attended the meeting, as well as information on existing regional networks and the expertise available in the area of sustainable development.

The outcomes of this workshop can be downloaded here (waiting for the activation of this functionnality, you can ask it by e-mail).

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The topic of the upcoming thematic workshop will be "Integrated Management and Sustainable Tourism", and it will be take place from 23 to 27 February in Papeete, French Polynesia.

Overall the workshop's objectives will be to allow participants to share their knowledge and know-how with each other, for specialists to respond to the participating stakeholders' questions and, in the end, to offer some guidelines for decision-makers. They will first be used as part of the development of a tourism sector policy for French Polynesia, which is supposed to be finalised in March 2015.


The concept of sustainable tourism will be examined in detail and the various aspects of tourism in the Pacific will be explored in that light. Using case studies of experiences in each of INTEGRE's participating OCTs, the four main topics below will be explored:

  • Developing tourism on an island from scratch by taking into consideration its specific environmental, social and economic features: how to showcase a country or region by ensuring harmonious development, positive benefits for the community and sustainable projects,
  • Managing large numbers of cruise-ship passengers: how to both profit from these large influxes, which are a source of foreign exchange, while preserving the quality of the sites
  • Taking into consideration and promoting history and culture: how to not only preserve them but also make them into assets OR The advantages of creating labels: what types of labels? How to get them? For what purposes?
  • Large-scale project design and management: how to host large numbers of visitors while respecting the three pillars of sustainable development.

Examples will also be sought in the OCTs and other countries in the region and specialists will be invited to share their views. Plenary sessions and roundtables will allow the participants to share view on other items such as available tools for the industry (including labelling or regulations), coastal and marine stakes, community implication...

We was expected 50 to 70 people to attend this workshop:

  • Local stakeholders from each of the four OCTs and also from other countries in region, who will come to share their experience (such as Hawaii or Fiji): GIE Tahiti tourisme, GIE Bora-Bora activités;
  • National or international groups such as, in particular, the South Pacific Tourism organisation (SPTO), French chambers of Trade, UNESCO, Earth-Check Asia-Pacific;
  • Specialists who have worked in the area and can share their views or who have supported experiences that they can then share: Griffith University (Australia), University of New Caledonia, Archipelagos (French Polynesia), National Parks of France, etc.

At the end of the workshop, a summary of the work will give the discussions the concrete form of a working guide for managers and decision-makers.

Download here.

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